Season Two 8 episodes September 17th 1972 to March 25th 1973
Information from: The Columbo Phile by Mark Dawidziak

"Etude in Black" (1972)
Season: 2, Episode - 1
Director:Nick Colasanto
Written by:Steven Bochco
Produced by:Dean Hargrove
Originally aired:September 17, 1972
Run Time:120 (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo


John Cassavetes		as Maestro Alex Benedict
Blythe Danner		as Janice Benedict
Myrna Loy		as Lizzy Fielding
James Olson		as Paul Rifkin
Anjanette Comer		as Jenifer Welles
James McEachin		as Billy
Don Knight		as Mike Alexander
Pat Morita		as The House Boy
Michael Fox		as Dr. Benson
Dawn Frame		as Aurdrey
Charles Macaulay	as Durkee
George Gaynes		as Everett
Wallace Chadwell	as TV Director
Victim 
Plot:

Young and talented concert pianist Jenifer Welles is threatening to go public with details of her affair with brilliant symphony orchestra conductor Alex Benedict. Since Alexís strong willed mother-in-law, Lizzi Fielding, is the chairman of the symphony board, he cannot risk the scandal.

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"The Greenhouse Jungle" (1972)
Season: 2, Episode - 2
Director:Boris Sagal
Written by:Jonathan Latimer
Produced by:Dean Hargrove
Originally aired:October 15, 1972
Run Time: (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo

Guest Starring 

Ray Milland 		as Jarvis Goodland
Bradford Dillman	as Tony Goodland 
Bob Dishy 		as Sergeant Frederic Wilson
Sandra Smith		as Cathy Goodland 
William Smith 		as Ken Nichols 
Arlene Martel 		as Gloria West 
Robert Karnes 		as Grover 
Milton Frome 		as Driver 
Peggy Mondo 		as Woman 
Richard Annis 		as Officer 
Larry Watson 		as Sound Man
Victim 
Plot:

Young Tony Goodland is desperate to win back his unfaithful wife, Cathy. Money is the key to her heart, but Tonyís comfortable income isnít enough to keep Cathy from stepping out with muscular, well-tanned skiing instructor. Acidic Jarvis Goodlands proposes a way out of Tonyís problems. Jarvis, a collector and grower of rare orchids, is co-administrator of a huge trust fund set up for his nephew. The money can only be toughed under extraordinary circumstances. Prompted by his uncle, Tony agrees to fake his own kidnapping.

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"The Most Crucial Game" (1972)
Season: 2, Episode - 3
Director:Jeremy Paul Kagan
Written by:John T. Dugan
Produced by:Dean Hargrove
Originally aired:November 5, 1972
Run Time: (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo

Guest Starring 

Robert Culp 		as Paul Hanlon
Dean Jagger		as Walter Cannell 
James Gregory		as Coach Larry Rizzo
Valerie Harper		as Eve Babcock 
Susan Howard 		as Shirley Wagner
Dean Stockwell 		as Eric Wagner
Val Avery 		as Ralph Dobbs 
Kathryn Kelly Wiget 	as Miss Johnson
Richard Stahl 		as Mr Fremont 
Don Keefer 		as Deputy Coroner 
Cliff Carnell 		as Plainclothesman 
Joe Renteria 		as Box Attendant Jimmy 
Ivan Naranjo 		as Sgt Hernandez L.A.P.D.
Los Angeles Lakers	as Los Angeles Rockets
Victim 
Plot:

Paul Hanlon is general manager of the lucrative Wagner sports empire, a business that includes the Los Angeles Rockets football team. The greatest threat to his power is posed by owner Eric Wagner, an irresponsible swinger who cares little about the operation. Itís a Sunday afternoon and the Rockets have a home game. Paul believes he can murder Eric and set up a perfect alibi.

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"Dagger of the Mind" (1972)
Season: 2, Episode - 4
Director:Richard Quine
Written by:Jackson Gillis
Produced by:Dean Hargrove
Originally aired:November 26, 1972
Run Time:120 (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo
 
Richard Basehart	as Nicholas Frame
Honor Blackman		as Lilian Stanhope
John Williams		as Sir Roger Haversham
Wilfrid Hyde-White	as Tanner
Bernard Fox		as William Durk
Arthur Mallet		as Joe Fenwick
Harvey Jason		as The Director
Ronald Long		as Mr. Jones
Veronica Anderson	as Maid
Hedley Mattingley	as Customs Man
John Orchard		as Country Constable
Peter Church		as Consable
Walker Edmiston		as Gardener
Gerlad S. Peters	as Inspetor Smythe
Sharon Johansen		as Miss Dudley
 
Plot:

The marquee at Londonís Royal Court Theatre proclaims the following nightís grand opening: Sir Roger Haversham presents Nicholas Framer and Lillian Stanhope in William Shakerspearís Macbeth. Actually, light and lobby posters tell us very little about the real drama going on instide the walls od this venerable theater. Desperate to get back into the limelight, husband-and-wife team Nick and Lilly view this production of Macbeth as their comeback vehicle, With Nickyís blessing, Lilly has been playing up to the largely retired Sir Rodger, manipulating him into reopening the Royal Court and backing the Shakespearean tragedy. Sir Rodger learns the truth just before the dress rehearsel.

 

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"Requiem for a Falling Star" (1973)
Season: 2, Episode - 5
Director:Richard Quine
Written by:Jackson Gillis
Produced by:Dean Hargrove
Originally aired:January 21, 1973
Run Time: (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo
  
Anne Baxter		as Nora Chandler
Mel Ferrer		as Jerry Parks
Kevin McCarthy		as Dr. Frank Simmons
Frank Converse		as Mr. Fallon
Pippa Scott		as Jean Davis
Edith Head		as Herself
Sid Miller		as Director
William Bryant		as Sergeant Jeffries
John Archer		as Paul
Jack Griffin		as Gate Guard
Robert E. Meredith	as Joe
Bart Burns		as Sergeant Fields

 
Plot:

Former movie queen Nora Chandler keeps her career barley alive with occasional roles in a television series or network films. Itís a far cry from her glory days, when she was married to Al Cumberland, the man who built the studio. Cumberland died in a boating accident twelve years ago, but Nora continues to live in the cottage built for her on the studio lot. Although this property is quite valuable, she has resisted all the studio head Fallonís attempts to buy it.

 



"A Stitch in Crime" (1973)
Season: 2, Episode - 6
Director:Hy Averback
Written by:Shirl Hendryx
Produced by:Dean Hargrove
Originally aired:February 11, 1973
Run Time:74 (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo

Guest Starring 

Leonard Nimoy		as Dr. Barry Mayfield
Anne Francis 		as Sharon Martin
Nita Talbot		as Marsha Dalton 
Will Geer		as Dr. Edmund Hiedeman 
Aneta Corsaut 		as Nurse Morgan 
Jared Martin 		as Harry Alexander 
Victor Millan 		as Detective Flores 
Kenneth Sansom 		as Paul 
Murray MacLeod 		as Dr Simpson
Leonard Simon 		as Dr Michaelson 
Ron Stokes 		as Tom
Patsy Garrett 		as Cleaning Woman
Victim Murderer
Plot:

Dr. Barry Mayfield is a brilliant young heart surgeon on the staff of a major Los Angeles hospital. He and the hospitalís senior heart specialist, the revered Dr. Edmund Hiedeman, are working on a drug that will combat transplant rejection. Veteran nurse Sharon martin believes that Mayfield is a cold opportunist who would like to take all the credit for the research project. She doesnít know how right she is.

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"The Most Dangerous Match" (1973)
Season: 2, Episode - 7
Director:Edward M. Abroms
Written by:Jackson Gillis
Produced by:Dean Hargrove
Originally aired:March 4, 1973
Run Time: (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo
 
Laurence Harvey		as Emmet Clayton
Jack Kruschen		as Tomlin Dudek
Lloyd Bochner		as Mazoor Berozski
Paul Jenkins		as Sergeant Douglas
Michael Fox		as Dr. Benson
Oscar Beregi		as Proprietor
Mathias Reitz		as Anton
John Finnegan		as Workman
Drout Miller		as 1st Report
Stuart Nisbet		as Dr. Sulivan

Victim Murderer
Plot:

American grand master Emmet Clayton is anxious to prove he is the greatest living chess player. Some experts have suggested that he would never become world champion if the top soviet player, Tomlin Dudek, hadnít been forced into inactivity by ill health. All those doubts are soon erased, though. Claytonís former fiancee, Linda Robinson, now a close friend of Dudekís, has arranged a match in Los Angeles.

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"Double Shock" (1973)
Season: 2, Episode - 8
Director:Robert Butler
Written by:Steven Bochco, Jackson Gillis, Richard Levinson, William Link
Produced by:Dean Hargrove
Originally aired:March 25, 1973
Run Time: (mins)
Cast:
Peter Falk		as LT. Columbo
 
Martin Landau		as Dexter and Norman Paris
Paul Stewart		as Clifford Paris
Julie Newmar		as Lisa Chambers
Jeanette Nolan		as Mrs. Peck
Tim O'Connor		as Michael Hathaway
Dabney Coleman		as Detective Murray
Kate Hawley		as Mrs. Johnson
Michael Richardson	as Young Lawyer

Victim Murderer
Plot:

Elderly and wealthy Clifford Paris is about to be married to the much younger Lias Chalmers, a fellow physical fitness enthusiast. Unhappy about the impending nuptials, his nephew, Dexter, the host of a television cooking show, watches as Clifford fences with the family attorney Michael Hathaway. After vigorous match, Clifford decides to take a bath. The house keeper, Mrs Peck, is settling down to watch a medical drama on television. Dexter approaches his soaking uncle with a wedding present. Itís and electric mixer. The humour between Mrs. Peck and Columbo in this episode is particularly poignant. This is one of the best comedic episodes ever written for Columbo, the frustration and maddening anoyance that Columbo poses to Mrs. Peck is very well played upon.

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