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Butterfly in Shades of Grey 

L.A. radio moderator Chase kills Jerry Winters, a member of his staff who tried to help Chase's daughter Victoria (also a staff member) to leave her father and become a novelist in New York... See full summary »

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Victoria Chase
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Gerald 'Gerry' Winters
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Louis 'Lou' Cates
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Station Manager
Mark Lonow ...
Theodore 'Ted' Malloy
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Deirdre 'DeeDee' Ross
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Senator Gordon Madison
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Marian Burke
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Martha (as Denice Kumagi)
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L.A. radio moderator Chase kills Jerry Winters, a member of his staff who tried to help Chase's daughter Victoria (also a staff member) to leave her father and become a novelist in New York. Chase presents a fine alibi: Winters was shot dead while speaking to him on the phone, even the shooting was recorded on his answering machine. Everything seems perfect, but will Lt. Columbo really believe this story? Written by Otto Oberhauser <Oberhauser@cc.univie.ac.at>

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10 January 1994 (USA)  »

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About 8 minutes into this episode Mr Shatner's character is wearing a red tie. This appears to be the tie that Faye Dunaway bought for Lieutenant Columbo in the previous episode. See more »

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when Columbo is talking to Fielding Chase at the restaurant, the position of the coffee cup and flower pot switch back and forth. Is some shots the cup is closer to the edge of the table and in others the flower pot is closer. Most noticeable just before and after Columbo gives Chase the magazine to autograph. See more »

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Fielding Chase: Yes, Lieutenant, there's always one more thing. Do you have a problem with short term memory? Perhaps you should consult a physician.
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An ego-maniacal talk show host meets his match in Columbo
2 April 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

It's amazing how viewers can see something different. Though I agree with the other commentator about Shatner's 'stache taking on a life of its own, I disagree with the comments about the actor's acting. While the two-hour movie format is not as "tight" as the ninety-minute episodes, "Butterfly in Shades of Gray" is entertaining until the end.

Some of the highlights include the murder, the exchange between Falk's Columbo and Shatner's "Fielding Chase" in the restaurant, the argument between Shatner and his daughter, as well as the on-air revelation about a wayward senator.

Dick DeBenedictus's score enlivens the story with the appropriate blend of mystery and suspense.


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