Season 2 Episode 5

Requiem for a Falling Star

Aired Unknown Jan 21, 1973 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Columbo first visits Nora at her "cottage," she tells him that it had been built for her when she was a child actress. Later, when Columbo is speaking with Mr. Fallen, Fallen tells him that Al Cumberland had given the house to Nora before they were married.

  • Quotes

    • Columbo: I had an uncle who played bagpipes in the Shriners band; he couldn't play a note, but nobody could tell the difference.

    • Columbo: September 16, 1960. That was the day you ordered the fountain.
      Nora: Well, I don't remember the exact day.
      Columbo: September 15, the day before. That was the day your husband disappeared. Now it starts to make some sense. I have a possible explanation for why the fountain doesn't run. In order to lay water pipe somebody would have to dig up the lawn, wouldn't they?

    • (Nora Chandler has changed Columbo's tie with an attractive gold one)
      Columbo: Yeah, I was thinking. Uh, I've got an anniversary coming up next week. I wonder if I could have that back and save this for a special occasion.
      Nora: Sure, here. Why don't you get your wife to take you on a shopping tour for your anniversary, huh? Take a look at (looking down his body) some suits, some shirts, slacks, socks, shoes...

    • Mr. Fallen: Actors, Lieutenant. Take my advice. Avoid actors. They'll kill ya.
      Columbo: Well, thanks Mr. Fallen. I'll be sure to tell your boss I appreciate your hospitality.
      Fallen: I AM the boss.
      Columbo: Oh, gee. You know it never occurred to me. I mean anybody so young--
      Fallen: It's all right. I would never typecast you as a detective either.

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