Columbo (1971)

15 trivia entries

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Starring: Peter Falk

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A Deadly State of Mind - S4-E6

Trivia: Unusually enough for a television show devoted to a homicide detective and the way he unravels the plans of cunning murderers, the fact is that Columbo has nothing to do in this episode. Doctor Collier is seriously assaulted by Carl Donner who then goes on to violently attack his wife. Use of deadly force to prevent such an attack is allowed in the United States. Collier does not commit murder; he doesn't even commit a crime. You'd think such a hightly educated man would know enough to keep his head, call the police and explain what had happened. He wouldn't even be charged.

How to Dial a Murder - S7-E4

Trivia: A clever, subtle hint as to Mason's guilt - Columbo arrives at the animal pound just in time to stop him feeding Laurel and Hardy (the dogs he trained to kill on command) a large amount of chocolate treats. He has planned this murder meticulously, and he would be aware that chocolate is extremely toxic to dogs. The amount he is planning to feed them from the bulging bag of large chocolate balls he is holding would kill both dogs within hours if ingested.

A Trace of Murder - S13-E2

Trivia: When Columbo is leaving Kinsley's office, he says, "I set that up for tomorrow. That'll be good. You and me together, Pat. Three eyes are better than one." This is a nod to Peter Falk (Columbo) having only one eye, having lost one to retinoblastoma when he was three years old.


Dead Weight - S1-E4

Trivia: Columbo's first name is revealed when Columbo shows his badge at the door, freeze the picture. A little more light and a little turn - and you can read the signature: Frank Columbo. (00:12:20)

Mind Over Mayhem - S3-E6

Trivia: In "Etude in Black," season 2, episode 1, Columbo uses the fact that the mileage on the car in the repair shop changes to help solve the crime. In "Mind Over Mayhem," season 3, episode 6, he again uses the mileage change to help solve the crime.


Death Hits the Jackpot - S11-E1

Trivia: The car Freddy is looking at is a Dino 308 GTS (made by Ferrari, but not officially a Ferrari), which was manufactured from 1977 to 1980. (The photo and the car in the dealership has the rear side window slats from the later 308GTSi.) Freddy is going to pay $175,000 for the car. That car, when new, cost slightly more than $30,000, and the most expensive 308 Dino ever sold went for $159,500. (The Magnum P.I. Dino was at auction, expecting to fetch $150,000 to $250,000).


Season 10 generally

Trivia: In episode 10-3 the murderer smokes "Victory" brand cigarettes. In episode 10-2 the victim smokes "Victory." I have a suspicion that "Victory" cigarettes would be the only brand seen in any episode.


Playback - S4-E5

Trivia: Although Martha Scott plays Gena Rowland's mother in this episode, she was only six years older than Rowland.

Columbo Likes the Nightlife - S13-E5

Trivia: When Price murders Cohen, he looks like he is revolted by what he has done. This is the only Columbo murderer who feels that way. All the others appeared OK with what they had done. Also, this is the last Columbo episode.


The Most Crucial Game - S2-E3

Factual error: Probably an in joke - the wheels of the "airliner" shown landing at LA international airport are those of a B52 bomber. They are very distinctive and look nothing like those on any airliner ever made.


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Columbo: Oh, I didn't come to ask any more questions. I came to arrest you.

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Answer: "Apparent" drowning answers your question - things are not always as they seem. Drowning could be accidental, but it could also be a murder in disguise. Moreover, the actual cause of death has not yet been determined - accident, suicide, murder, or natural cause (e.g, heart attack while swimming). Columbo would be there to investigate if anything looks unusual for it to be a mere drowning or if there is evidence or suspicion of something else.


This was just on's "Aaron Carter Dead at 34" (11/05/2022): "Law enforcement sources tell TMZ... homicide detectives have been dispatched to the scene but we have no information or evidence of foul play. It's standard operating procedure for homicide detectives to investigate such [drowning] death scenes."


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