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Columbo: It's All in the Game

Nick Franco is a suave Italian womanizer who is carrying on simultaneous affairs with wealthy socialite Lauren Stanton and another mysterious woman named Lisa Martin. Stanton and Martin are shown to be very close on some emotional level, and they both share a hatred of Franco and his unscrupulous, violent ways with women.

Together, they plot Franco's murder. They are waiting in Franco's apartment when he returns home late one night, and Stanton shoots him with a silenced gun. Wrapping his body in an electric blanket, they leave the scene and return separately two hours later. Stanton pretends she has lost her key to Franco's apartment and awakens the building supervisor to let her in. As the two are walking towards Franco's apartment, Martin fires a gun inside the apartment, then flees through the French windows. Stanton and the supervisor rush into the apartment to discover Franco's body, still warm, lying on the floor.

When Columbo begins his investigation, Stanton pretends to be falling in love with him in an attempt to distract him from the case. Columbo in turn pretends to respond to Stanton's advances, but of course is ruthlessly pursuing the killer.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 10x7
Airdate: Sunday October 31st, 1993

Director: Vincent McEveety
Writer: Peter Falk

Guest Stars
John FinneganJohn Finnegan
As Barney
Ann WhitneyAnn Whitney
As Singing Lady
Armando PucciArmando Pucci
As Nick Franco
Claudia ChristianClaudia Christian
As Lisa Martin
Faye DunawayFaye Dunaway
As Lauren Stanton
Main Cast
Peter FalkPeter Falk
As Lieutenant Columbo
Episode Goofs
In the opening scene, the water in the fountain outside Lauren Stanton's house is flowing backwards, so the footage is being shown in reverse.

The trio providing the live music at Lauren Stanton's party at the start are playing a chamber version of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, but the third movement is played before the first movement.

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