Columbo: Season 12, Episode 3

Undercover (2 May 1994)

TV Episode  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Lt Columbo investigates men and women who are being killed over pieces of a photo they have, that shows where 4 million dollars in stolen money is hidden.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Irving Krutch
Mo Weinberg
Geraldine Ferguson
Bramley Kahn
Suzie Endicott (as Kristin Bauer)
Detective McKittrick
Hank Garrett
Dorothea McNally
Penny Santon ...
Marla Adams ...
Sheila Byrnes
Nurse Hilda


Cigar-chomping Lieutenant Columbo's investigation into the odd death of two men flings him headlong into a mystery revolving around the long-lost loot from an unsolved bank heist. Insurance investigator Irving Krutch asks for Columbo's assistance in tracking down the pieces of a photograph that will reveal the location of the hidden millions. To do so, Columbo must go undercover in various guises to obtain the pieces from the various people who now possess them. But in the course of the investigation, more than one of these people will be murdered, and Columbo can't shake the feeling that Krutch is somehow responsible for the entire bloody business... Written by Leaper

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Finding hidden item in light socket: Columbo and his helper, looking for a piece of the photo puzzle, 20 minutes in, find it in the base of a light that's not working. This same gimmick was used in 1977 story "Try and catch me", the victim left a note identifying his killer, in the light socket inside the walk in safe, where he suffocated slowly after being shut in by killer. See more »


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Columbo or Mike Hammer?

I was astonished to watch such a Columbo episode, so different from all the others. And since the beginning of the whole show, which I have seen every episode, I have often seen some elements different from the usual and recurrent schemes: for instance Columbo appears before the crime is committed: a crime committed by two persons; Columbo lets the murderer gets away; even one episode when there is no murder but only a disappearance... But here, there is a real mystery scheme, the audience doesn't see the murder occurring, a mystery scheme as we could see in any other mystery crime scheme. Columbo doesn't look like Columbo, different outfit, he carries a gun and handles it, he receives a hit in the face, he kisses a gal - Tyne Daly - on the mouth...

That's totally different, but after all why not?

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