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?
The Playland Arcade scenes at the end of the episode were filmed at the Santa Monica, California Looff Hippodrome. This location was also used as the carousel where Henry Gondorff (Paul Newman's character in The Sting) lived and worked. In The Sting, the carousel was located in Chicago. See more
About halfway through the show, Kay is being questioned by Columbo in the house she was brought up in. She pulls out a cigarette and leans over the candle to light it. When she stands up, about a third of the cigarette is smudged by the soot from the candle. Moments later the cigarette is pristine. See more
Are you taking anything?
Oh God, I look like a junkie, is that it? I've had NO booze, NO pills, NO sniff, and NO smokes... except for these.
[holds up cigarette
Yankee Doodle Dandy
(uncredited) (aka "The Yankee Doodle Boy")
Composed by George M. Cohan
Sung by Peter Falk
in opening medley See more