Season 3 Episode 7

Swan Song

Aired Unknown Mar 03, 1974 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Brown: You knew I was coming up here?

      Columbo: I knew. Then I didn't know. And then I knew.

    • Brown: Now why would anybody want to kill me?

      Columbo: Mr. Brown, I don't know. But you are a celebrity and there are a lot of crackpots in the world and there's just no accounting for people's reactions. I mean sometimes I even wonder about my wife. Not that she's a crackpot.

    • Columbo: I noticed that the arrangement was changed.

      Brown: You got a good ear for music.

      Columbo: Well, you know I'm Italian.

    • Pangborn: Well, still be awful lot of mountain to search for anything hidden or buried, a lot of mountain. Who could find it?

      Columbo: The guy who hid it.

    • Columbo: Where did you first learn how to fly?

      Brown: Lieutenant, I thought you knew my whole life history by now.

      Columbo: Oh no, no. Uh, you know, people think we got all kinds of records on microfilms, all we gotta do is push a button and, uh...

      Brown: Well, doncha ya?

      Columbo: (pause) Yes, we do. But not everything.

    • Tommy Brown: And I guess this, all this looks kinda bad, huh? This big house and this party goin' on and everything?
      Columbo: No sir, no sir. It's kinda refreshing. You see, in my line of work, homicide, somebody is always, well, dead. That's the only way to put it. I mean they don't even call us in unless that's what it is, somebody dead. So naturally I see a lot of grief.

    • Columbo: Say, that's delicious. I never tasted chili like that before.
      Luke Basket: That's a special recipe made out of squirrel meat. That's good, isn't it?
      Columbo: Um, yeah. That explains it.

    • (While inspecting the plane wreckage)
      Roland Pangborn: You know something, Lieutenant? I could use a man like you on my team. It's really nothing but detective work.
      Columbo: Oh no, thank you very much. You fellas, you have to fly.
      Pangborn: Sure. We're all pilots.
      Columbo: Oh no, not for me, thank you very much. I wouldn't qualify for that.
      Pangborn: Why? We'd teach you.
      Columbo: I appreciate it, sir. But, uh, my ears pop in an elevator. As a matter of fact, I don't even like being this tall.

    • Tommy Brown: You're a sanctimonious hypocrite of a Bible-spouting blackmailer and I've given you your last chance to be fair!

    • Edna Brown: May God forgive me for letting a devil help me build a temple.
      Tommy Brown: And what if your devil quits. What are you gonna do?

  • Notes

    • 94 minutes long.

    • Actor Vito Scotti appears _six_ times in Columbo series: ep. 19 "Any Old Port in a Storm" (Maitre d'), ep. 20 "Candidate for Crime" (Mr. Chadwick, a taylor), ep. 24 "Swan Song" (Mr. Grindell); ep. 27 "Negative Reaction" (Thomas Dolan, a drunk), ep. 34 "Identity Crisis" (Salvatore Defonte), and ep. 50 "Murder, a Self Portrait" (Vito).

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