Columbo (1971–2003)
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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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Although Columbo has spoken Italian in several episodes prior to this one, he claims to have never learned the language. As such, it possible that Columbo makes up a new backstory depending on the suspect that he is speaking to. 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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Lieutenant Columbo: Oh sir, just one more thing.
Graham McVeigh: No, Lieutenant, there is no "just one more thing." Goodbye!
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This Old Man
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Old-Timers Day
15 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The most notable aspect for me was the familiar faces in this episode, which include fine performances by both George Wendt and Rod Steiger, and watch for regulars John Finnegan, and the final appearance of Bruce Kirby. Wendt is the real star here, as he's just a few years removed from a memorable run on "Cheers", and he's very convincing in a murderous role here. Steiger is also in fine form as a mob boss, as he warns Columbo that he'll give him time to arrest Graham(Wendt), but if that fails, then he'll take care of matters himself and that won't be pretty. Without giving too much away, this ending plot borrows heavily from "A Case of Immunity", which is a fine episode from 1975, and I could see this conclusion coming a mile away, especially them giving the same "thumbs-up" gestures, so that drops this episode down a few pegs. As someone else said, this isn't the best Columbo film in the stable(pun intended), but it's passable, and instead of Wendt raising a glass of beer, this time he's raising a gun.


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