The Great Santini is a master magician, but his employer discovers that he was a German camp guard during World War II and blackmails him. Santini is forced to engineer a perfect murder--he kills the owner while apparently performing his famous "water tank" illusion on stage in front of dozens of witnesses. Santini in fact supposedly hides out beneath the stage, and uses a radio transmitter to convince a waiter that he is there when he's busy killing the owner. Now Columbo must unravel a magical mystery and break a perfect alibi.moreless
Heart surgeon Barry Mayfield turns his talents turn to murder and plans to kill his mentor, who refuses to release their research findings prematurely. When the mentor has a heart attack, Mayfield plots the perfect murder, but must kill two people to cover his tracks while he waits for his plan to succeed.moreless
An inventor videotapes his mother-in-law's death, and then replays it back to the security guard, giving himself an apparently perfect alibi.
Two arrogant college students in Columbo's class on criminology kill a professor that discovers they are cheating.
The mistress of a conductor becomes a target for murder after threatening to tell all to her lover's wife.
When a chess grandmaster realizes that he is unable to defeat his rival at a tournament, he resorts to murder and makes it look like suicide. But Columbo isn't fooled... and the victim isn't quite dead.
Jarvis Goodland, along with his nephew, plan a kidnap scam to break the nephew's trust fund, but after the money has been collected, Jarvis kills his partner.
A doctor kills the husband of the female patient he is having an affair with. however, he is "seen" leaving the house by a witness who happens to be blind.
Wade Anders host of a highly popular anti-crime television show, has to murder a blackmailer.
Viveca Scott, the founder of Beauty Mark Cosmetics, is threatened by her rival, David Lang. When he finds out that her revolutionary cream formula actually remove wrinkles, he has the formula pirated and Viveca decides to murder him.
Columbo attends his nephew's wedding and as the couple get ready to leave on their honeymoon, the bride disappears. Columbo investigates, thinking his nephew may have made a few enemies on the police force.