Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo Likes the Nightlife 

Columbo gets a taste of the Los Angeles rave scene as he investigates the apparent suicide of a tabloid reporter.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linwood Coben
Tony Galper
Freddie (as Steven R. Schirripa)
Sean Jarvis
Inquisitor Editor
Officer Rogers
Eve Kagan ...
Pink Feather Boa
Print Guy


After her ex-boyfriend, mobster Tony Galper, dies in an accident in her home, Vanessa turns to club owner Justin Prince to help her out. He disposes of the body for her but unknown to him, tabloid photographer Linwood Coben secretly photographed him getting rid of the body. He tells Prince he can have the negatives and prints for $250,000 and Prince agrees to pay him. They meet that evening but Prince has every intention of killing him, making it look like Coben committed suicide. Reviewing the crime scene, Colombo immediately has his doubts about the suicide. To solve Coben's murder however, he will also have to solve what happened to Galper. Written by garykmcd

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30 January 2003 (USA)  »

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The music playing in the club is The Crystal Method - two tracks from their album "Tweekend." As Justin heads through the crowd to meet the photographer outside, the DJ is playing "Wild, Sweet and Cool." After the meeting, Justin walks back into the club and the music is now the track "Roll It Up." "Wild, Sweet and Cool" is then used again at the end of the murder. See more »


When Columbo picks up the bottle of mouthwash, in close up, the bottle is a completely different shape to when it is seen in long shot. See more »


Lt. Columbo: What are these fish called again?
Justin Price: Koi.
Lt. Columbo: Koi! Magnificent creatures.
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Referenced in Reading the Book of the Senseless (2015) See more »

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Loud, but the rumpled detective's still got it
3 February 2003 | by See all my reviews

They actually called it 'Columbo Likes the Nightlife.' He didn't seem to be enjoying it much, though. He thought the music in the rave dance clubs was too loud, and so did I. And they even had that same awful music as background in scenes outside the clubs.

An actress has a fight with her ex-husband who was jealous of her new boyfriend, with deadly results. The boyfriend helps the survivor deal with the situation but one of the parties receives an 'I saw what you did' call. As a result of the blackmailing, the movie's murder is committed but made to look like a suicide, complete with a suicide note on a computer. Then the familiar broken-down car shows up at the murder scene with the increasingly elderly detective in his wrinkled raincoat. And he is not fooled. For those new to the 'Columbo' series of movies, the Lieutenant with no first name is very polite and appears sincerely interested in everything (usually, it turns out, because he sees a clue), but also quite obnoxious. And while he didn't appear as completely ignorant as usual to the guilty parties, he seems to know just enough to make them nervous, but he tends to be satisfied with their explanations of why things don't make sense. I have been watching these movies for about 10 years, and while there may be no reason to consider this one anything special, it did not disappoint. Unlike most murder mysteries, the audience nearly always knows who did it, but the fun is in watching the detective solve the crime.

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