Season 2 Episode 3

The Most Crucial Game

Aired Unknown Nov 05, 1972 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • During the pre-game chitchat, we hear the commentator state: "Today, all holds are barred." No idea what he means by that. The line is more usually heard as "No holds barred."

  • Quotes

    • Columbo: Uh, sir?

      Walter Cunnell: Yes?

      Columbo: You don't mind if I ask you a personal question, do you?

      Cunnell: No.

      Columbo: What'd you pay for those shoes?

      Cunnell: I think about 60 dollars.

      Columbo: I stepped into some water yesterday and ruined mine. You don't know where I could find a pair that looks like that for around 16 or 17?

      Cunnell (befuddled): 16 or 17? Sorry, I don't really, Lieutenant.

      Columbo: Thank you.

    • Paul Hanlon (angry): Columbo, I'm trying to watch this game! What is it?

      Columbo: You know, you did the same thing the first time I came in here last Sunday. I guess that's what started me wondering.

      Hanlon: I did what?

      Columbo: You turned the radio down but not quite off. When I told you that Eric Wagner was dead. It's alright. I do the same thing. You know, when I'm listening to the game and my wife interrupts, I can't help myself. I want to hear that game and I don't care how the important the interruption.

      Hanlon (annoyed): Your wife has my sympathy.

    • Columbo: You now, I listened to this thing I can't tell ya how many times, over and over again, figuring maybe I'd hear something that shouldn't be there, some sound that shouldn't be there, an ambulance, a fire truck, like you were in a phone boothe, something...

      Hanlon (impatiently): But you didn't because it isn't there. I made the call from this booth from that phone.

      Columbo: Then it suddenly occurred to me. I had it backwards. Maybe there was a sound that should be there and wasn't.

    • Hanlon (yelling): Columbo, I'm going to throw you out of here on your ear!

      Columbo: I wouldn't do that, sir. I mean, you'll miss the best part. You see, I'm not finished.

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