Season 7 Episode 3

Make Me a Perfect Murder

Aired Unknown Feb 28, 1978 on NBC
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Make Me a Perfect Murder
Mark McAndrews a top network programmer is promoted to a New York position, his assistant, who is very ambitious and his lover, expects to get his old job. But of course he feels she is out of her league and needs more experience. Kay feeling betrayed decides to seek revenge.moreless

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    When a high-flying woman TV executive is both dumped and passed over for promotion by her boyfriend, she has murder on her mind and Columbo has a case to solve.

    Another well-made and well-acted Columbo mystery, although not one of the best. Its only drawback is the script, which is thin on motive and heavy on padding (Kazan is good as a musical star with stagefright but the subplot involving her is redundant). Van Devere is terrific as a new model businesswoman of the time; elegant, intelligent, calm but ruthless, and a great match for the dazzling Falk. As is often the case, despite the clever detail of the murderer's alibi (in this case changing a reel in a projection-booth whilst the killing took place) the best scenes are the comical ones - lots of shenanigans involving a neck-brace, a TV repair-shop scene with Columbo regular Kirby, and a delightful bit of horsing-around with a TV broadcast console. Great TV fare.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • At approximately 5:17 in the episode there is a scene of Kay (Trish Van Devere) in the bathroom wearing only a shirt. We are looking at her legs. As she moves, the shirt rides up and there have clearly been several frames cut from the film where perhaps too much of her buttocks were revealed (well, too much for prime time 1978, anyway).

    • when Kay Freestone is alone in lift after seeing gun on roof, she uses bent metal rod to pull gun over edge. while gun is balancing on edge camera shots swap from Kay to gun and every time gun is in different place.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Columbo: In those days everything was bad for your eyes. Not wearing mittens was bad for your eyes. Wearing rubbers in the house, that would strike you blind right on the spot.

    • Columbo: Either there was no motive at all like in those crazy kind of murders that you read about in the newspaper. Or there was a very good motive, one that makes terrific sense. And that's what keeps going around in my mind-- motive.

    • Columbo: Well, there's something that I don't understand, ma'am, and maybe I should. Uh, I probably should. Lord knows I'm not the brightest guy on the force. Another detective, he could cut right through this.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The director of this episode, James Frawley, appears as Roark, the man in the fictional movie "The Professional" that Kay is working on, clips of which are shown several times throughout the episode.

    • 94 minutes long

    • This is the second and final appearance by Patrick O'Neal on Columbo. His first appearance was in Season One's "Blueprint For Murder" in which he played architect Mr. Markham, the murderer.

    • Bruce Kirby, who appears in this episode as a TV repairman, appeared in a total of eight Columbos, but in most cases as a detective sergeant.

    • Introduced in this episode is the fact that Columbo had five brothers and one sister when growing up.