Columbo (1971–2003)
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It's All in the Game 

A mother and daughter pair kill their two-timing lover, and the mother tries to seduce Columbo in an effort to divert suspicion.


Vincent McEveety


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Faye Dunaway ... Lauren Staton
Claudia Christian ... Lisa Martin
Armando Pucci ... Nick Franco
Bill Macy ... Ruddick
John Finnegan ... Barney
Doug Sheehan ... Riley
Shelley Morrison ... Nick's Maid
Tom Henschel Tom Henschel ... Fingerprint Man
Jack Shearer ... Investigator #1
Shashawnee Hall ... Investigator #2
Stewart J. Zully ... Investigator #3
Bruce Ed Morrow ... Medical Examiner (as Bruce E. Morrow)
Heath Kizzier Heath Kizzier ... Photo Clerk
Daniel Trent Daniel Trent ... Detective #1 (as Daniel T. Trent)


Lauren Staton and Lisa Martin kill their two-timing lover Nick Franco. Lauren's the one who pulled the trigger and they've made it look like Franco was killed by a burglar in his apartment. They've prepared well with both having solid alibis. Lt. Columbo is in charge of the case and is very much attracted to the beautiful Lauren. She uses that to her advantage and is soon buying him gifts and giving him the odd kiss. Columbo is flattered but begins to see anomalies in some of the physical evidence. He becomes certain that Lauren is involved in Franco's death but realizes he will only be able to make an arrest if he gets a confession. He manages to get that but even he is surprised when learns of her true relationship to Lisa. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

31 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le meurtre aux deux visages See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the second episode where the murderer tries to change Columbo's wardrobe, even buying him a new tie. The first time this happened is in the season two episode "Requiem for a Falling Star" where Edith Head provides him a tie at the murderers request. See more »


In the opening credits the water from the fountain outside Lauren Staton's house defies gravity and flows back into the fountain, revealing that the shot is being played backwards. See more »


Laura Staton: Do you have a first name I can call you by?
Lt. Columbo: Yeah. "Lieutenant."
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References The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) See more »

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One of the better newer ones!
18 May 2006 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

I have to say that this episode of Columbo is a lot better than the newer ones that started coming back in 1990 with new episodes. It's still the same Columbo though and I would have him anyway to watch. Lieutenant Columbo is one of the best characters on television today or ever. He has charisma, charm, and class. Columbo is also one of the most intelligent characters on television as well. He doesn't dumb down his suspects or the audience. So this episode was indeed worth watching because of Faye Dunaway's performance. I think she is one of the best American actresses around today. She won an Emmy award for her performance in this film. Faye always has class and style. Her character is equally delicious to watch as she does what she does. I won't spoil the plot. It's great for Faye Dunaway fans and it shows that older women are more like fine wine. I wish Faye would do more acting but they would cast her in grandmother roles rather than the seductive, sensual woman that she exhibits on screen. She is one of America's legends on screen and she should be still working. She has talent, beauty, and intelligence.

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