Columbo matches is skills against Brimmer, a former cop turned private investigator with a quick temper who tries to blackmail a client's wife, when she refuses he accidentally kills her and it's up to Columbo to nail him.
A private detective kills the wife of one of his most important clients when she refuses to take part in his blackmail scheme and even plans to expose his unsavoury methods to her husband. In an ironic twist, the PA is rehired by his client to assist Columbo in the investigation.
First appearance of Robert Culp in Columbo, out of four. The others are: The Most Crucial Game (1972), Double Exposure (1973), and Columbo Goes to College (1990). He also makes an appearance in the pilot of the series Mrs. Columbo in 1979. See more »
Mic is visible when Columbo first sees the body. See more »
PLOT: A private investigator mogul (Robert Culp) accidently murders the winsome wife (Pat Crowley) of a powerful client (Ray Milland) after she refuses his blackmailing scheme.
COMMENTARY: Pat Crowley sure looked good in her tight slacks with her shapely derriere. I like the angle of the killer and Columbo both being investigators, one in the private sector and the other in the public, and teaming up (to a point). There's also a golf instructor subplot. Culp would return for three future episodes.
This one's every bit as good as the previous "Murder by the Book."
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