Columbo (1971–2003)
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L.A. radio moderator Fielding Chase kills Gerry Winters, a member of his staff who tried to help Chase's daughter Victoria (also a staff member) to leave her father and become a novelist in... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
William Shatner ... Fielding Chase
Molly Hagan ... Victoria Chase
Jack Laufer ... Gerald 'Gerry' Winters
Richard Kline ... Louis 'Lou' Cates
Yorgo Constantine ... Station Manager
Mark Lonow ... Theodore 'Ted' Malloy
Beverly Leech ... Deirdre 'DeeDee' Ross
Brian Markinson ... Deirdre's Agent
Robin Clarke Robin Clarke ... Senator Gordon Madison
Christopher Templeton Christopher Templeton ... Marian Burke
John C. Anders John C. Anders ... Officer Davis
Denice Kumagai ... Martha (as Denice Kumagi)
D.V. Caitlyn D.V. Caitlyn ... Second Biker (as Deryl Caitlyn)
Glenn Taranto ... Engineer


L.A. radio moderator Fielding Chase kills Gerry Winters, a member of his staff who tried to help Chase's daughter Victoria (also a staff member) to leave her father and become a novelist in New York. Chase presents a fine alibi: Winters was shot dead while speaking to him on the phone, even the shooting was recorded on his answering machine. Everything seems perfect, but will Lt. Columbo really believe this story? Written by Otto Oberhauser <>

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Release Date:

10 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Shatner's character plants theatrical "pancake" makeup at the murder scene to implicate an actor friend of the victim. In his previous appearance as the murderer in Columbo: Fade in to Murder (1976), Shatner portrayed an actor, and the presence of theatrical makeup was one of the clues that implicated him. See more »


As Columbo is talking to Ted Malloy at the TV studio, during a head-on shot of Malloy he picks up a bottle of water and holds it up by his chest as he unscrews the cap. The camera angle changes to the rear of Malloy and we can see his reflection in the mirror and both his arms are down by his side with no water bottle. Another camera angle change to a head-on shot of Malloy and his arms are again up by his chest with the water bottle. See more »


Fielding Chase: Yes, Lieutenant, there's always one more thing. Do you have a problem with short term memory? Perhaps you should consult a physician.
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27 June 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

This is certainly not a bad episode, but it is not a great one either. It is strikingly filmed as the Columbo episodes often are, the music is good, the script is decent enough as is the direction and story, while Peter Falk is excellent and Molly Hagen is wonderful. However, the pacing is rather sluggish, and the murderer's motive is quite weak. Also I just didn't buy William Shatner in his role, he tries hard but he is too over-the-top and forced and his moustache was falling off in some scenes.

Overall, it is certainly worth watching but it wasn't brilliant. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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