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 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 hasn't been promoted by the Los Angeles Police Department in several decades. He has been a lieutenant for at least 35 years. See more »


At the conclusion, the officers don't read Justin and Vanessa their rights. See more »


Lt. Columbo: This place really coulda been something. Too bad.
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Referenced in Reading the Book of the Senseless (2015) See more »

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In a nutshell: Why this was a fine send-off for the master detective.
11 May 2014 | by sos45-977-267352See all my reviews

The greatest detective series in history comes to an end with a fine send-off. What made many (though certainly not all) of the later Columbos disappointing relative to the early ones were a) the turning of Columbo into a caricature - making himself look dumb and comical, and explaining everything five times as if speaking to a two-year old; b) excessive tampering with the tried and true Columbo formula; c) poor writing, with far fewer of the subtle and comic quotes, less successful humor, and wasted stretches with silly chatter or events that have nothing to do with the main plot. Well, this last episode does not have much humor, nor some of the great dialogue between the murderer and Columbo that many of the great episodes had. But it makes up for it by providing a ton of real sleuthing by the master, as he solves the puzzles by noticing the types of things only he would notice, and brilliantly tying it all together. It is a tight and well-written screenplay, with Columbo getting right down to business from the moment he first arrives on the scene until the very end, with the only sideshow being a minor, well done and humorous mafia subplot. After quickly identifying that it is a murder, not a suicide, and finding the suspect through astute observation and a neat detective trick, he sets out to trap the killers - not by acting like a semi-senile old man, but simply by acting naive and acceptive of their explanations - so that they say things they might not have volunteered otherwise - while at the same time dropping subtle hints to make them scared and confused. And while the music and scenery is updated to fit the modernizing times, he stays true to his character throughout. Other than one or two far-fetched things he does in finding clues (like sticking his hands into a toilet bowl), the plots and clues, and the manner in which he solves them, are quite believable. Not one of the very best episodes, but still a highly enjoyable one that honors the series and has very few uneasy or boring moments.

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Release Date:

30 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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Murder by Suicide See more »

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