Columbo: how does it end?

From 1971 to 2003 (including an 11-year break), “Columbo” accompanied and marked many generations. But how does it end? If you didn’t follow everything well or if your memory challenges you, we tell you the end of the series.

Warning, spoilers. The following article reveals key plot elements of “Columbo” as well as its ending.

We don’t do more worship than Colombo. with the charismatic Peter Falk in the title role, the series, awarded 13 Emmys, occupied the air for 21 years, as many years during which the famous lieutenant of the Los Angeles crime squad, small in size but big in spirit , candid in appearance but an outstanding investigator, offered us many fascinating investigations… the culprit of which is always revealed at the start of the episode! Indeed, in Columbo, we know the assassin and we just have to watch the way, always surprising, in which the expert detective will manage to unmask the culprit.

And it was on January 30, 2003 that his last investigation was broadcast with a final episode entitled “Columbo leads the dance”. What’s going on there? We tell you.

THE CRIME

Justin Price (Matthew Rhys) is about to open his new club, “The Bait”. He must also receive financial assistance from Tony Galper (Carmine Giovinazzo), mobster and son of a notorious East Coast mobster who came to Los Angeles to close the deal.

Columbo: how does it end?
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Columbo: how does it end?

Tony then goes to Vanessa Farrow’s house (Jennifer Sky), an unwanted visit for the young woman who is actually his ex-wife. The latter comes across a photo of Justin Price, Vanessa’s new boyfriend, and goes into a rage, projecting his anger onto his Vanessa. In self-defense, she pushes Tony away who however falls on a coffee table and dies.

Vanessa then calls Justin for help and the couple agree: the police should not be called because of the victim’s relationship and the large funding that is about to be transferred. He thus recovers the electronic card from Tony’s hotel room, gets rid of the latter’s body and then goes to the hotel to use the card and create the illusion that he is still alive.

Columbo: how does it end?

Columbo: how does it end?
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BLACKMAIL AND A SECOND CRIME

The situation becomes more complicated, however: the events were secretly photographed by Linwood Coben (Douglas Roberts), a tabloid photographer who calls Vanessa to tell her he knows everything and emails proof to Justin. He offers the latter the negatives and the prints for $250,000: Justin agrees to pay.

Columbo: how does it end?
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Columbo: how does it end?

The two men meet the same evening. However, Justin intends to kill the photographer and make his death look like a suicide. He puts his plan into action: he strangles her, puts a noose around her neck, ties her to a radiator, gets rid of the photographic evidence and types a fake suicide note on his computer. However, he suddenly regains consciousness. Justin then pushes him and, in his fall, Linwood goes through the window and lands in the alley below.

INVESTIGATION

Columbo is obviously called to the scene of the crime. The problem is that when the latter investigates the “suicide”, he notices that Linwood has recently used mouthwash and left nail clippings in the toilet. For him, it looks more like the attitude of a man who “prepares for a woman than for a suicide”.

Also, a technician discovers that the victim’s computer keyboard is missing fingerprints (due to the gloves) and that a page from Linwood’s calendar is torn. Columbo finds it strange that someone bothers to tear out a current page from his calendar before jumping out of a window. He’s sure of it, someone wants him to believe it’s a suicide and it turns out that a handwriting indentation clue will reveal an address: that of the club he goes to immediately and Justin asks.

Columbo: how does it end?
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The detective eventually realizes that to solve Linwood’s murder, he will also have to solve the mystery of what happened to Tony Galper as he discovers that the East Coast mobster group Tony belonged to had sent a representative to Los Angeles. – a representative (Tony) who disappeared after loaning a surprising amount of money.

During the investigation, Justin tells Columbo about Linwood’s firegame addiction in hopes of misleading the lieutenant. Later, the detective comes across a voice message intended for the photographer: he owes money to a man whom Columbo immediately visits. There, he understands that the paparazzi was using this man’s garden to spy on Vanessa (that’s how he witnessed Tony’s death). He then questions her.

Columbo: how does it end?
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THE REVELATION

Finally, in a final twist, Columbo notices that one of the aquariums in Justin’s club dance floor has fewer fish and is smaller than the others. Indeed, Justin made the mistake of hiding the body under one of the tanks that was soon to be installed, which forced him to install a smaller one. This inconsistency has therefore not escaped Columbo who obtains a warrant to confirm his suspicions. Using radar, Tony’s body is found and revelations ensue.

Columbo: how does it end?
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Just one more thing… In the final moments of the episode, Columbo remarks that “Tony slept with the fish,” a tribute to the film series The Godfather. Justin and Vanessa are eventually arrested for covering up Tony Galper’s manslaughter. Columbo then leaves the club, satisfied. And that’s the end of the series.

Columbo: how does it end?

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