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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Chase
Gerald 'Gerry' Winters
Louis 'Lou' Cates
Station Manager
Mark Lonow ...
Theodore 'Ted' Malloy
Deirdre 'DeeDee' Ross
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)


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 <>

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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 »


At Chase's home Columbo lays the files down while he is taking the tape out of the answering machine. Without picking them up they are back under his arm as he removes the tape. Meanwhile Chase picks up some files and walks Columo to the door. As Columbo leaves he still has his files. Chase has none. It doesn't appear that Columbo has any more than he did. See more »


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Fine Columbo story
13 February 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

William Shatner and Molly Hagan are reunited with Peter Falk for a second Columbo mystery, which is rather entertaining. Radio presenter Fielding Chase is very controlling of his adopted daughter Victoria (who is in the midst of writing a novel) thus killing her close friend Gerry Winters, who simply wanted her to branch out and lead her own life away from Chase. Actress Hagan is great as Victoria, a naive young woman who wants nothing but to please her murderous father. Shatner on the other hand has given better performances in his long career, and seems confused and over the top.

Peter Falk can portray the legendary Lt. with his eyes shut, and he simply (as always) brightens up the whole scenario. Funny gaffes include our Lt being mistaken for a homeless person, and mostly his beat up old (but also lovable) car continually backfiring! The case comes to a satisfying conclusion featuring many cunning tricks from our Lt....As usual Columbo outwits the murderer!

Butterfly In Shades of Grey is another enjoyable Columbo mystery and it's one I've seen many times, but there are stronger films in the Columbo franchise that eclipse this good but slightly weak 1993 edition. It's definitely not the best in the series. 7/10

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