Columbo (1971–2003)
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Rest in Peace, Mrs. Columbo 

A woman who blames Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him.


Vincent McEveety


Richard Levinson (created by), William Link (created by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Helen Shaver ... Vivian Dimitri
Ian McShane ... Leland St. John
Edward Winter ... Charlton 'Charlie' Chambers (as Ed Winter)
Tom Isbell Tom Isbell ... Sgt. Brady
Teresa Ganzel ... Dede Perkins
Michael Alldredge ... Connolly
Hugh Gillin ... Priest at Funeral
Rosanna Huffman Rosanna Huffman ... Mrs. Thornwood
George Buck George Buck ... George Thornwood
Don Calfa ... Rudy
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Dr. Steadman
Peggy Walton-Walker ... Liz Cooper (as Peggy Walton Walker)
Joe Bellan Joe Bellan ... Joe
Robert Balderson Robert Balderson ... Jerry


A woman who blames Lt. Columbo for the loss of her husband sets out to get back at him. But before she goes after him, she first goes after the man who informed on her husband and by showing the Lt. how it feels to lose a love one; by going after his wife. Written by <>

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Release Date:

31 March 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'enterrement de Madame Columbo See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is its second Columbo episode to feature a Hank Williams song. The first was "Swan Song" with Johnny Cash singing I Saw the Light" on multiple occasions. This one features a melancholy version of I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry". See more »


When Columbo arrives at the golf course to talk to Mr St John, Mr St John clearly is filmed during cloud overcast. Columbo however arrives in bright sunshine. See more »


Dr. Steadman: Well, perhaps the lieutenant would like to see a menu?
Columbo: Ah, that won't be necessary, sir.
[as Maitre D' walks away with back turned,]
Columbo: I'll just have a BLT on white toast and cream soda.
Maitre D': [Maitre D' abruptly turns around, and while filling out menu, says] One embarcadero garni.
Columbo: Thank you very much.
[Looking at Dr. Steadman's plate]
Columbo: What are they, snails?
Dr. Steadman: Escargo dipped in garlic butter. Flavor is fantastic.
Columbo: Oh garlic, that's what I smell. What's it for?
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It Had to Be You
Written by Isham Jones and Gus Kahn" (uncredited)
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So who said none of the late Columbo episodes were good?
30 April 2014 | by sos45-977-267352See all my reviews

To all those who disregard or disdain every one of the late Columbos, I hate quite a few of them too. In fact, this one plays with the format as well, which is what caused so many of the others to be dreadful. But surprise, surprise, it not only worked this time, it turned into one of the greatest of all episodes, top 5 in my book. For starters, we have the old Columbo, reserved and serious but with a bunch of funny character quirks. None of the speaking like a senile old man, or explaining things like one does to a 3 year old child. The great dialogue is back. The french restaurant scene pitting Columbo against the Matre D' is hilarious and priceless. So is the chili scene with the waitress Gracie. The plot is brilliantly original, realistic (yes, there are psychopaths like that in the real world too). Helen Shaver, always underrated, is superb, grabbing every minute of her unusually long screen time and killing it. Her cat and mouse with Columbo is superb. And Columbo not only gets to do his usual great stuff as a sleuth, but also has to become a prime time actor, and does it splendidly. Finally, Roscoe Lee Browne is splendid as Dr. Steadman, and the scene in which he and Columbo do a dance act to get the necessary info without violating doctor/patient confidentiality is a joy to watch. If all that wasn't enough, the final two scenes are just riveting. Oh, did I mention that I really liked this movie?

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