Columbo (1971–2003)
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Butterfly in Shades of Grey 

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 »

Also Known As:

Face à face See more »

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


After Columbo: Fade in to Murder (1976), this episode marks William Shatner's second appearance as the murderer in an episode of Columbo (1971). See more »


Radio commentator Fielding Chase wears a pencil-thin moustache, so wispy and light that it's barely visible even in most close-ups, except while he is talking to Columbo at the murder scene, when the moustache is suddenly, dramatically darker brown. See more »


Fielding Chase: And now. Can we get to the point? If there is one.
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A below average Columbo
5 January 2003 | by lightvilleSee all my reviews

As a fan I find it fascinating how classic Columbo movies offered a challenge to its audience: we know who the killer is and how he/she did it but we have to figure out how Columbo will solve it. But the ending of this movie is so similar to previous episodes that the shock value is almost gone. In fact, almost from the beginning and through the middle of the movie there is a hint of what kind of error the killer made.

Another problem with this movie is William Shatner. He is unconvincing as a mean-spirited radio talk show personality. He looks like he is trying too hard to play the part. My guess is that he didn't do his homework. He didn't visit any radio station and see how a real talk show host performs. Otherwise, how can you explain why he is always wearing a suit and tie while on the air?

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