NBC (ended 2003)



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  • Season 2 Episode 7: The Most Dangerous Match

  • At the closing scene, the garbage cruncher is chewing away, and Columbo is yelling to Clayton. Clayton reaches up to his ear and yanks down, as if ripping out his hearing aid. Moments later, he does the same thing.

  • When Clayton is preparing to sneak up to Dudek's room, he meets Columbo at the elevator. He is wearing his hearing aid. As he comes out of the elevator, the hearing aid is out. He hides close to Dudek's room and then walks in... wearing the hearing aid again.

  • Season 3 Episode 1: Lovely but Lethal

  • Very Miles plays Viveca but in a scene with Martin Sheen in his house he calls her Vivian.

  • Season 3 Episode 2: Any Old Port in a Storm

  • At the beginning of the episode, Adrian has an open bottle of wine on his desk, allowing it to "breathe." After the little matter of slugging his brother, he fetches the bottle in and has his friend decant it. Later, with Columbo present, he states that he needs to open a bottle of wine so that it can breathe, but he immediately decants it and puts the stopple in, which would keep it from breathing.

  • Season 3 Episode 4: Double Exposure

  • The techinique of using subliminal cuts would not have worked as shown in this episode since the audience would be aware of individual frames spliced into a film. In the original experiment, conducted by James Vicary in 1957, a tachistoscope (specialized and separate projector) was used, projecting a message for an interval of only 1/3000th of a second; such a brief period that only the subconscious mind could be aware of it.

  • Season 3 Episode 5: Publish or Perish

  • Columbo is suggesting to publisher Riley Greenleaf (Jack Cassidy) that he might try his hand at writing. He refers to "a guy down at the department, -wrote a couple o' books, -maybe you heard o' him, -what's his name?". This reference, of course, is to Joseph Wambaugh, who by the time this episode was shot had written the novels "The New Centurions" and "The Blue Knight". Wambaugh would go on to write many more novels, including "The Choirboys" and "The Onion Field."

  • Season 3 Episode 8: A Friend in Deed

  • Although the end credits tell us that actor Byron Morrow plays "Amos Lawrence", he is addressed on-screen as "Byron" by the Richard Kiley character. Also, although John Finnegan plays Lt. Duffy of the Robbery Division, and the character is referred to by this name several times, the end credits refer to him as "Lt. Dreyer."

  • Season 4 Episode 1: An Exercise in Fatality

  • Columbo must wait for what seems like an eternity while the computer prints out the information he requested on Lewis Lacey. Finally, the computer stops. The last line printed on the form is "MORE?".

  • Columbo's last line said that Janus's confession was going to hang him. At that time, California used the gas chamber.

  • When Milo Janus starts the movie for his party guests, the take-up reel holds about two-thirds of the movie, while the supply reel (front) only one-third. In other words, the movie is already about two-thirds finished.
    Furthermore, he had earlier mentioned to Buddy that this was going to be an "uncut X rated" film. The one being shown does not even remotely resemble that kind of film. The group he has over does not appear to be the type to watch that type of film either.

  • In the opening sequence, Milo's secretary (Gretchen Corbett) is supposed to be recording an incoming telephone call, but doesn't depress the record button (small red button) on the tape recorder. Technically, the tape recorder is in playback mode.

  • When Columbo is speaking with Milo Janus in his office after he's been doing exercise his track suit is all sweaty, but when they meet in the corridor a moment later it is clean.

  • Season 4 Episode 3: By Dawn´s Early Light

  • After the "accident," Cadet Morgan tells Rumford that all the cadets are in the chapel, as ordered. A few minutes later, we see a group of cadets walking beside a building.

  • Season 4 Episode 5: Playback

  • When Elizabeth is shot in the video playback, the killer supposedly shoots her from off-screen to the right side of the screen. However, the puff of smoke comes from the left side of the screen.

  • Gena Rowlands is clearly breathing as the killer steps over her corpse and leaves the manor.

  • Trivia: For the first time, Columbo fires a gun. However he doesn't aim at someone, it's just to prove a theory about the doors.

  • Season 5 Episode 1: Forgotten Lady

  • For most of this episode, Maurice Evans, playing the butler, speaks in his usual refined voice. However, more than halfway through, without explanation, he begins speaking in a noticeably different, vaguely Cockney accent.

  • We see Dr.Willis sitting up in bed, as Raymond knocks on the door prior to bringing in the tray with the milk and sleeping pill. The tray is already sitting on the bedside table, with a full glass of milk and the bowl for the sleeping pill.

  • When Grace comes into her husband's room, she sets her brandy glass on the bedside table--beside a tray with her husband's hot milk. The camera shifts to an overhead view, and the brandy glass is on the tray. When it shifts again, the glass is beside the tray again.

  • When we see Dog in the car, having eaten some ice cream, the side of his face is coated with ice cream, then it's clean, and then it's coated again (although not so thickly).

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