Columbo (1971–2003)
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Sex and the Married Detective 

When a successful sex therapist with a best selling book and a hit TV show is crushed to learn her business partner/lover is cheating on her, she plots appropriate revenge.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Lindsay Crouse ... Dr. Joan Allenby
Julia Montgomery ... Cindy
Peter Jurasik ... Dr. Simon Ward
Ken Lerner ... Dr. Walter Neff
Marge Redmond ... Helen Hendrix
Stephen Macht ... David Kincaid
Dave Florek Dave Florek ... Norm
Harry Johnson ... Charlie
Pierrino Mascarino ... Tuba Player
Stewart J. Zully ... Sergeant Burke
Leeza Vinnichenko Leeza Vinnichenko ... Cleaning Woman
Susan Gibney ... Madge
Peter Wise Peter Wise ... Ozzie
Michele Lamar Richards ... Airline Clerk


This time Columbo has to deal with a passion crime by a sex therapist. As usual, this completely new environment to Columbo is an opportunity for him to show off more unusual talents, as well as pit his wit against an opponent who is well versed in the psychology that he himself uses so well. Written by Maarten Hofman <>

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English | Russian

Release Date:

3 April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

"Sesso e il poliziotto sposato 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?


Detective Columbo plays the tuba in this episode. He says he learned to play it in high school because it was the only instrument left. See more »


When Dr Allanby is trying on her "murder outfit" at her house prior to going to the party, she is shown putting on a black silk undergarment (covering her chest). She then puts on a black dress. This dress has deep "V" neck which goes down to her stomach showing her skin - the black undergarment has disappeared. See more »


Dr. Joan: Do you think less of me?
Lt. Columbo: Ma'am, I'm just a policeman. Judging people... that's all up to someone else, but I have to say that I've enjoyed our talks very much, and I think I do understand.
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References The Lady Vanishes (1938) See more »

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First rate Columbo from start to finish.
28 April 2014 | by sos45-977-267352See all my reviews

I am quite surprised at how many negative reviews I have seen here. I happen to think this is one of the best Columbo episodes around. I personally don't like the choice of music, because it is synonymous with cheesy sexual films. Other than that, however, I think this episode is first rate. Lyndsay Crouse does a superb job as the murderer. Columbo is not turned into a senile caricature, as in some of the later episodes. He retains his dignity throughout, with the occasional comic responses and scenes. The brief bathroom scene, and the longer scene in which he plays psychologist are both hilarious, and his embarrassed expressions and comments when the topic of S-E-X comes up are very endearing, and in line with his old-fashioned character. As for those critics here who have pointed out the incredible 'luck' in finding clues, I don't think that is the case at all. He finds them primarily because of his extraordinary awareness and astute recognition, not because of luck. Most other people simply would not notice a tag hanging from someone's clothing. His cat and mouse games with the suspect are highly enjoyable. As always, he accords respect for an esteemed person even after he suspects them of murder, and is more apt to put off any direct suggestions of guilt until he pretty much has it all in the bag. Finally, his manner of setting her up in the final scene, as well as her concerns regarding what he thinks about her and his eloquent and sensitive response, introduce an interesting psychological layer to the story. Thoroughly entertaining and absorbing.

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