Columbo (1971–2003)
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Columbo Likes the Nightlife 

Columbo gets a taste of the Los Angeles rave scene as he investigates the apparent suicide of a tabloid reporter.


Jeffrey Reiner


Richard Levinson (creator), Michael Alaimo | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Matthew Rhys ... Justin Price
Jennifer Sky ... Vanessa
Douglas Roberts ... Linwood Coben
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Tony Galper
Julius Carry ... Policeman
Steve Schirripa ... Freddie (as Steven R. Schirripa)
John Finnegan ... Sean Jarvis
Valerie Landsburg ... Inquisitor Editor
Jorge Garcia ... Julius
Patrick Cupo ... Officer Rogers
Eve Kagan Eve Kagan ... Pink Feather Boa
Jamison Yang ... Print Guy
Karen Maruyama ... Maid
Ariel Llinas ... Paramedic


After her ex-husband, mobster Tony Galper, dies during a struggle in her home, Vanessa turns to club owner Justin Prince to help her out. He disposes of the body for her but unknown to him, tabloid photographer Linwood Coben secretly photographed him getting rid of the body. He tells Prince he can have the negatives and prints for $250,000 and Prince agrees to pay him. They meet that evening but Prince has every intention of killing him, making it look like Coben committed suicide. Reviewing the crime scene, Columbo immediately has his doubts about the suicide. To solve Coben's murder, however, he will also have to solve what happened to Galper. Written by garykmcd

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Columbo doesn't make an appearance until 00:30 minutes into the show. See more »


When Columbo picks up the bottle of mouthwash, in close up, the bottle is a completely different shape to when it is seen in long shot. See more »


Justin Price: Lieutenant, this is ridiculous, even for you!
Lt. Columbo: Yeah, but I'm not finished yet.
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Referenced in Reading the Book of the Senseless (2015) See more »

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Columbo Gets Serious Again
31 January 2003 | by gerard-21See all my reviews

In recent years the character of Lt. Columbo had become a caricature of itself. He had a comical theme accompanying his every move and to everyone involved, until he solved the crime, he appeared to be an idiot. Many of the culprits were caught because of their own stupidity and inherent lack of respect for Columbo. That's not the case here, as the detective goes back to deploying real sleuthing skills. You can see from the first interaction with the opposition that Columbo is regarded as a very serious threat, even though one of the killers maintains he "has nothing". Early on, Columbo shows he means business when he asks his suspect "do you find something funny about this?". There is less interaction with the protagonists in this one, which some may find distressing, but it's only because Columbo spends most of the episode doing realistic detective work, rather than relying on the killers' stupid mistakes(there aren't any). He really pieces this one together, and the climax where he determines the location of the missing man is very good. All in all, I enjoyed a return to the more realistic Columbo of the seventies.

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30 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Murder by Suicide See more »

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