Kay Freestone is a West Coast TV executive whose boss, Mark McAndrews, is also her secret lover. When he gets promoted to a position in New York, he dumps her - and even denies her the job he's leaving. Her consolation prize is a new Mercedes. She's more interested in the gun he drops on the bed - after he jokingly invites her to shoot him. Joking or not, she takes him up on it. Later, he's found shot to death in his office. Kay seems to have been in the projection room when it happened. She was screening her pet project - a violent TV film called "The Professionals" - for her superiors. When our rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo investigates, he learns this Emmy-winning producer can commit a bloody act just as well as film it.
Did You Know?
An extremely rare episode since Columbo appears before (at the opening credits) and during the murder instead of only showing up afterwards. See more
As Columbo questions Kay for the first time, he fumbles with some pieces of paper and a notebook, unable to find what he seeks as he puts the items on a desk. He goes through his pockets once more then picks everything up and walks away. Again wondering where the piece of paper is he is looking for, he returns to the desk where his pieces of paper and notebook are back atop it. See more
[entering Kay's office
That's a very impressive desk, Ma'am. You can run the world from a desk like that.
The world doesn't count - just the West coast.
Oh, My Darlin' Clementine
Traditional American ballad sometimes credited to Percy Montrose
Sung by Peter Falk
as part of opening medley See more