One in this series of police dramas in which Los Angeles homicide detective Lt. Columbo's unassuming manner masks his keen intelligence and sharp investigative abilities. In this episode (presented under the umbrella of "ABC Saturday Mystery"), Columbo's investigative skills are shown in flashbacks as mourners at his wife's funeral reflect on recent events. A vindictive widow, Vivian Dimitri, seeks revenge on those responsible for sending her late husband to jail, where he died of a heart attack two years before he would have been released. She blames his death on Columbo, who was in charge of the case, and her current boss, who had informed the police about her husband's illegal activities. Vivian carries out the "perfect murder" of the informant, and wants Columbo to suffer the loss of a spouse, as she did, before she ends his life as well. Columbo, however, is one step ahead of her.


  • DATE: March 31, 1990 Saturday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:37:20
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:25609
  • GENRE: Drama, police/private detective
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, police/private detective
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1968-1978; ABC - 1989-2003


  • Peter S. Fischer … Executive Producer, Writer
  • William Link … Supervising Executive Producer, Created by
  • Peter Falk … Co-Executive Producer
  • Robert F. O'Neill … Supervising Producer
  • Todd London … Associate Producer
  • Vincent McEveety … Director
  • Richard Levinson … Created by
  • Richard Markowitz … Music by
  • Mike Post … Theme Music by
  • Peter Falk … Cast, Columbo
  • Helen Shaver … Cast, Mrs. Vivian Dimitri
  • Ian McShane … Cast, Leland St. John
  • Ed Winter … Cast, Charlie
  • Tom Isbell … Cast, Sgt. Brady
  • Teresa Ganzel … Cast, Dede Perkins
  • Michael Alldredge … Cast, Connolly
  • Hugh Gillin … Cast, the Priest
  • Rosanna Huffman … Cast, Mrs. Thornwood
  • George Buck … Cast, George Thornwood
  • Roscoe Lee Browne … Cast, Dr. Steadman
  • Peggy Walton Walker … Cast, Liz Cooper
  • Joe Bellan … Cast , Joe
  • Robert Balderson … Cast, Jerry
  • Julius Branca … Cast, Abe Lasko
  • Roger Hampton … Cast, Theo Kellerman
  • Robin Bach … Cast, the Waiter
  • Jean Paul Vignon … Cast, the Maitre d'
  • Ed McCready … Cast, the Plainclothesman
  • LaRue Stanley … Cast, Gracie
  • Michael Bandoni … Cast, the Landscaper
  • Rob Narita … Cast, the Uniformed Policeman
  • Ken Bryan … Cast, the Ambulance Attendant
  • Dafidd McCracken … Cast, Bernie
  • Susan Bachli … Cast, the Hooker
  • Bill Edward Rogers … Cast, Uniformed Policeman #2
  • Don Calfa … Cast, Rudy