The "Columbo" formula is perfectly executed in "Suitable for Framing." Take a wealthy, arrogant murderer at the top of the social ladder and a seemingly perfect crime. Add Columbo. Watch killer and plot unravel.
As it has been mentioned in this guide, Ross Martin and Peter Falk had a history of working together and it shows in their performances. Their interplay is sharp and witty; Martin's disdain for Columbo oozes gloriously with each sneer, and Falk is in perfect befuddlement, all the while encircling his prey.
The denouement of this one has got to be one of my favorites...SPOILERS...Ross Martin's frantic declaration that Columbo planted the prints on the pictures, only to have Peter Falk hold up his gloved hands. No words, no catchphrase. Nothing. He's just caught the killer. Priceless. And Martin's dejection when he sees the gloves. One of the all-time best endings of the series, in my opinion.