<-- Previous EpisodeNext Episode -->

Columbo: Dead Weight

A brow-beaten daughter, Helen, witnesses Major General Martin Hollister shoot a man dead in his living room as she sails past. No one believes her except Columbo, who soon realizes that Hollister shot the man dead when h threatened to reveal Hollister's kickback schemes. Although Columbo cannot find any evidence, Hollister realizes that Helen is a loose end and woos her with the intent to eliminate the only witness against him.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Wednesday October 27th, 1971

Director: Jack Smight
Writer: John T. Dugan

Special Guest Stars
Suzanne PleshetteSuzanne Pleshette
As Helen Stewart

Guest Stars
Eddie AlbertEddie Albert
As Major General Martin Hollister
Kate ReidKate Reid
As Mrs. Walters

Co-Guest Stars
Val AveryVal Avery
As Harry Barnes
Timothy CareyTimothy Carey
As Bert
John Kerr (1)John Kerr (1)
As Col. Roger Dutton
Clete RobertsClete Roberts
As TV Newsman
Ron CastroRon Castro
As Officer Sanchez
Glen VernonGlen Vernon
As First Officer
Jimmy PelhamJimmy Pelham
As Second Officer
Jim HalfertyJim Halferty
As First Marine Cadet
Main Cast
Peter FalkPeter Falk
As Lieutenant Columbo
Episode Notes
Although Falk, Levinson, and Link all claimed that Columbo had no first name in the series, it is shown here as "Frank" on his ID badge as he shows it to Hollister.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRichard Levinson  |  William Link
Executive ProducerWilliam Link  |  Richard Levinson
ProducerEverett Chambers  |  Dean Hargrove
Associate ProducerRobert F. O'Neill
Director of PhotographyRussell Metty
Story EditorSteven Bochco
Art DirectorArchie J. Bacon
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorJack Barry (2)
Unit ManagerHenry Kline
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Missing Information
Click here to add Music
Click here to add Episode Quotes
Click here to add Episode Goofs
Click here to add Cultural References
Click here to add Episode References
Click here to add Analysis