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  • The Conspirators

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    S 7 : Ep 5 - 5/13/78

    An Irish poet, who fronts a peace organization while secretly running guns, kills an arms dealer who tries to swindle him.
  • How to Dial a Murder

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    S 7 : Ep 4 - 4/15/78

    A famous psychiatrist uses an appointment with his doctor be his alibi while he calls his house, where his dead wife´s lover is. The call serves as the first step in a conditioning reflex on the psychiatrist´s dogs. The other part is the word "Rosebud" as uttered by the victim. When Columbo comes to the scene, the psychiatrist is very understanding when the police says that they may have to put his dogs to death. But Columbo notices how friendly the dogs seem, and then there´s the telephone that´s hanging from it´s hook...moreless
  • Make Me a Perfect Murder

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    S 7 : Ep 3 - 2/28/78

    Mark McAndrews a top network programmer is promoted to a New York position, his assistant, who is very ambitious and his lover, expects to get his old job. But of course he feels she is out of her league and needs more experience. Kay feeling betrayed decides to seek revenge.moreless
  • Murder under Glass

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    S 7 : Ep 2 - 1/30/78

    A famous food critic is threatened by a restaurant owner, and so the critic leaves. Soon after, the cook dies. Columbo´s involvement is welcomed by all the other chefs in the area, but Columbo wonders why the dead restaurant owner slammed the drawers before he died. And how could the poison that killed him enter an unopened bottle without the killer even being in the room? Could it have been suicide? But then there´s the cheques to a mysterious society, and the victim´s calender. Can Columbo´s cooking skills really match the food critic´s taste?moreless
  • Try and Catch Me

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    S 7 : Ep 1 - 11/21/77

    A writer of murder mysteries wreaks revenge on her nephew-in-law by blaming him for her niece´s murder.
  • The Bye-bye Sky High I.Q. Murder Case

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    S 6 : Ep 3 - 5/22/77

    Two former college friends now partners in an accounting firm become enemies when one realizes the other has embezzled funds. The reason for his embezzling ways is his wife, she demands nothing but the best.moreless
  • Old Fashioned Murder

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    S 6 : Ep 2 - 11/28/76

    The female head of a museum hires one of the guards to rob the museum to collect the insurance money. But during the robbery she kills him and her own brother, and makes it look like they killed each other. The guard/robber´s brother reports a strange message on his answering machine, that makes it seem that he has been killed. And Columbo gets the case. When Columbo first comes to the crime scene, he notices that the lights are off, a gold medallion in the robber´s pants, and signs that pointed to the fact that he was going abroad after the heist. And he concluded that these clues mean that someone else was involved...moreless
  • Fade in to Murder

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    S 6 : Ep 1 - 10/10/76

    An actor who plays a TV detective commits the perfect murder, but finds himself matching wits with real-life detective Columbo.
  • Last Salute to the Commodore

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    S 5 : Ep 6 - 3/2/76

    Commodore Swanson is tired of his greedy son-in-law turning his ship building business into an embarrassment and decides to sell the company.
  • Now You See Him

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    S 5 : Ep 5 - 2/29/76

    The Great Santini is a master magician, but his employer discovers that he was a German camp guard during World War II and blackmails him. Santini is forced to engineer a perfect murder--he kills the owner while apparently performing his famous "water tank" illusion on stage in front of dozens of witnesses. Santini in fact supposedly hides out beneath the stage, and uses a radio transmitter to convince a waiter that he is there when he's busy killing the owner. Now Columbo must unravel a magical mystery and break a perfect alibi.

  • A Matter of Honor

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    S 5 : Ep 4 - 2/1/76

    The owner of a bull ranch in Mexico gives his workers the day off, and then talks his number one man into fighting the bull who nearly killed his son. But instead he shoots him with a tranquilizer gun, and lets the bull kill him. Colombo, who is on vacation in Mexico, gets dragged into this case by an admiring colleague, but he has trouble convincing the Mexicans that the accident is really homicide. And how do you prove that the bull is a murder weapon?moreless
  • Identity Crisis

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 11/2/75

    A spy is killed on a lonely beach by his contact but the killer has been photographed beforehand walking with the victim.
  • A Case of Immunity

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    S 5 : Ep 2 - 10/12/75

    An ambassador from Suari and his code clerk kill the chief of security in an attempt to make it look like the chief was a traitor, who blew up the legation safe and stole £600.000 on behalf of a dissident group. But Columbo gets suspicious. He just have problem crushing the ambassador´s alibi. And then, when the code clerk turns up dead, the ambassador has an alibi again. But even if Colombo could rock the two alibis, there is always the immunity-problem...moreless
  • Forgotten Lady

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    S 5 : Ep 1 - 9/14/75

    An aging song-and-dance star is Lt. Columbo's quarry in the fifth season opener. The disheveled detective suspects the actress of killing her wealthy husband to finance her dream, a comeback on Broadway.
  • A Deadly State of Mind

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 4/27/75

    A doctor kills the husband of the female patient he is having an affair with. however, he is "seen" leaving the house by a witness who happens to be blind.

  • Playback

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 3/2/75

    An inventor videotapes his mother-in-law's death, and then replays it back to the security guard, giving himself an apparently perfect alibi.

  • Troubled Waters

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 2/9/75

    While holidaying on board a cruise liner, Columbo helps capture the killer, of the singer with the ships band.
  • By Dawn´s Early Light

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 10/27/74

    The head of a military school, kills one of the governors, by sabotaging the gun, that is used on founders day.
  • Negative Reaction

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 10/15/74

    Famous photographer Paul Galesko wants to kill his wealthy but annoying wife. He sets up a trusting ex-con to take the wrap. Can Columbo see beyond the false images and prove Galesko is guilty?moreless
  • An Exercise in Fatality

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 9/15/74

    A health club owner kills his partner who is about to uncover a fraud and makes it look like an accident
  • A Friend in Deed

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    S 3 : Ep 8 - 5/5/74

    A police commissioner provides an alibi to a friend who has just killed his wife. Later the commissioner kills his own wife, and gets the friend to repay the favor.
  • Swan Song

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    S 3 : Ep 7 - 3/3/74

    After years of being controlled and blackmailed by his wife a Country and Western singer kills her and tries to make it look like it was really meant to be him killed and not her.moreless
  • Mind over Mayhem

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 2/18/74

    Dr. Marshal Cahill, the head of a think tank, is forced to protect his plagarizing son by killing the professor, Nichols, who discovered the plagarized information. Cahill programs a robot to take his place during a war game exercise that he runs from an isolated room, then fakes a hit-and-run accident on Nichols and plants evidence to make it look like a drug theft gone awry. The first thing Columbo notices upon arrival is a match burned down to the base - something Columbo knows well because it's how you light a cigar. And Dr. Cahill is the only other cigar smoker around. There are a lot of other little things that Columbo notices as well, and with the help of a child prodigy he discovers how Cahill used the robot to provide himself with an alibi. But without one major clue, Columbo arrests the son to force Cahill, who was willing to kill for his son, to confess his crime to protect the boy.moreless
  • Publish or Perish

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 1/18/74

    A publisher hires a Vietnam vet to kill his star author, and thus give himself an alibi before the writer can defect to another publisher.
  • Double Exposure

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 12/16/73

    A film maker kills one of his clients in a break during the screening of a new ad campaign.
  • Candidate for Crime

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 11/4/73

    A Senate Candidate running for office, kills his campaign manager, by making it look like he was the target for the killers bullet.
  • Any Old Port in a Storm

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 10/7/73

    Winemaker Adrian Carsini decides to kill his younger brother before he can sell the family winery. Columbo will have to use Adrian's excellent wine knowledge against him to bring the killer to justice.moreless
  • Lovely but Lethal

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 9/23/73

    Viveca Scott, the founder of Beauty Mark Cosmetics, is threatened by her rival, David Lang. When he finds out that her revolutionary cream formula actually remove wrinkles, he has the formula pirated and Viveca decides to murder him.

  • Double Shock

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 3/25/73

    A wealthy man is murdered; his twin nephews stand to inherit, but which one committed the crime?
  • The Most Dangerous Match

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 3/4/73

    When a chess grandmaster realizes that he is unable to defeat his rival at a tournament, he resorts to murder and makes it look like suicide. But Columbo isn't fooled... and the victim isn't quite dead.

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