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Strange Bedfellows 

When Graham McVeigh kills his brother and frames a mob bookie for the crime, then kills the bookie and claims self-defense, he finds himself facing trouble from both Columbo and the bookie's superior in the mob.

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Graham McVeigh
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Teddy McVeigh
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Bruno Romano
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Lorraine Buchinsky
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Sgt. Phil Brindle
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Rudy
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Randall Thurston
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Gwen
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Vincenzo Fortelli
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Pat O'Connor
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Lt. Albert Schiffer
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Pawnbroker
Karen Mayo-Chandler ...
Tiffany Keene
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Graham McVeigh has had it with his ne'er-do-well brother Teddy who is a degenerate gambler and is in serious debt to his bookie Bruno Romano. He develops an elaborate plan to eliminate both of them by first having Teddy suffer a large loss at the track - Graham drugs his own horse, a sure winner, so it loses - and then framing Bruno for his Teddy's murder. He then arranges for Bruno to come to his house, ostensibly to collect Teddy's losses. He then kills Bruno and claims self defense. Lt. Colombo begins to find a number of anomalies that he simply cannot explained including mice in a restaurant bathroom. He's pretty certain Graham is responsible for both murders but he will need some assistance in order to get a confession out of him. Written by garykmcd

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8 May 1995 (USA)  »

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One of only a few episodes in which Columbo is physically attacked. See more »

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Despite the fact that Teddy McVeigh was sitting in his car when he was shot, there is absolutely no blood anywhere on him or in the car. See more »

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Vincenzo Fortelli: I'll give you a choice. You can walk outta here and never come back, keep your mouth shut; the other choice, I don't think I have to go into a bunch of detail about.
Lieutenant Columbo: You're not gonna kill a police officer?
Vincenzo Fortelli: Wouldn't be the first time.
Graham McVeigh: [after long, pensive stares at McVeigh and Fortelli, Columbo turns and heads out] For God's sake!
Lieutenant Columbo: [Stopping and turning around] I'm sorry sir. They don't pay me enough for this kind of stuff.
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This Old Man
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Traditional children's song
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Worst Columbo Ever (actually, 2nd worst)
29 November 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The worst Columbo ever was "No time to die." This was the second worst. Why? Because Columbo was completely out of character, and committed reprehensible and illegal acts in trapping his prey: he plainly assaulted the suspect (death threats and ramming his car), held him against his will, extorted evidence (the location of the gun), a confession, and under threat of death a an ongoing covenant to take the fall.

Columbo is supposed to be a sympathetic goody-goody character (albeit a slob), not a felon.


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