Columbo: Season 12, Episode 2

Butterfly in Shades of Grey (10 Jan. 1994)

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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... 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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Deirdre's Agent
Robin Clarke ...
Senator Gordon Madison
Christopher Templeton ...
Marian Burke
John C. Anders ...
Officer Davis
Denice Kumagai ...
Martha (as Denice Kumagi)
D.V. Caitlyn ...
Second Biker (as Deryl Caitlyn)
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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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Second appearance by William Shatner as the villain in an episode of Columbo. See more »

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Radio commentator Fielding Chase wears a pencil-thin mustache, so wispy and light that it's barely visible even in most close-ups, except while he is talking to Columbo at the murder scene, when the mustache is suddenly, dramatically darker brown. Part of his disguise at the murder scene? Not likely, since the mustache was lighter during the murder itself, and is already back to its light and thin appearance when Fielding brings Columbo into his home afterward. See more »

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A below average Columbo
5 January 2003 | by (salinas, ca) – See all my reviews

As a fan I find it fascinating how classic Columbo movies offered a challenge to its audience: we know who the killer is and how he/she did it but we have to figure out how Columbo will solve it. But the ending of this movie is so similar to previous episodes that the shock value is almost gone. In fact, almost from the beginning and through the middle of the movie there is a hint of what kind of error the killer made.

Another problem with this movie is William Shatner. He is unconvincing as a mean-spirited radio talk show personality. He looks like he is trying too hard to play the part. My guess is that he didn't do his homework. He didn't visit any radio station and see how a real talk show host performs. Otherwise, how can you explain why he is always wearing a suit and tie while on the air?


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