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** The murder victim, Patty, [[spoiler: wooed her best friend, Sybil's husband Richard, away from her without her knowledge--at first. When we first hear Patty suggesting that Sybil cater her wedding, we first think it's a friendly offer. When we watch the entire episode a second time, it almost sounds like Patty is ''taunting'' her.]]
** Richard, Sybil's husband who divorced her shortly before the events of the episode. [[spoiler: He claimed to have left Sybil because he [[BlatantLies couldn't stand being given everything he wanted, finding it humiliating.]] In reality, he found it inconvenient that he was forced to sign an agreement that would keep him away from Sybil's money she made in the catering business. He then decided to court Patty, his wife's business partner and best friend, who presumably will share her money with him post-retirement, and is far younger and more beautiful. After Patty's death, he immediately returns to Sybil under the guise that he was too in love with her to leave her. However, he inadvertently makes it clear that he's definitely ''not'' over Patty.]]
** The murderer Sybil, while we can certainly understand her fury upon discovering that her [[spoiler: best friend took her husband away from her,]] there may have been a less [[spoiler: lethal way of dealing with the issue. And it would've been better if she simply called out Richard for his obvious greed and kick him to the curb once again instead of trying to bludgeon him with a fire poker, or throwing him off a balcony.]]

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** The murder victim, Patty, [[spoiler: wooed her best friend, friend Sybil's husband husband, Richard, away from her without her knowledge--at first. When we first hear Patty suggesting that Sybil cater her wedding, we first think it's a friendly offer. When we watch the entire episode a second time, it almost sounds like Patty is ''taunting'' her.]]
** Richard, Sybil's husband who divorced her shortly before the events of the episode. [[spoiler: He claimed to have left Sybil because he [[BlatantLies couldn't stand being given everything he wanted, finding it humiliating.]] In reality, he found it inconvenient that he was forced to sign an agreement that would keep him away from Sybil's money she made in the catering business. He then decided to court Patty, his wife's business partner and best friend, who presumably will would share her money with him post-retirement, and is far younger and more beautiful. After Patty's death, he immediately returns to Sybil under the guise that he was too in love with her to leave her. However, he inadvertently makes it clear that he's definitely ''not'' over Patty.]]
** The murderer Sybil, while we can certainly understand her fury upon discovering that her [[spoiler: best friend took her husband away from her,]] there may have been a less [[spoiler: lethal way of dealing with the issue. And it would've been better if she simply called out Richard for his obvious greed and kick kicked him to the curb once again instead of trying to bludgeon him with a fire poker, or throwing him off a balcony.]]


But never before had a character who ''hadn't'' appeared been spun off.

After listening for about a decade to Lieutenant Series/{{Columbo}} ramble on about his never-seen wife, someone decided it would be a good idea to do a spinoff starring her as an AmateurSleuth in her own right. We suspect drugs were involved.

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But never before had a character who ''hadn't'' appeared on-camera been spun off.

After listening for about a decade to Lieutenant Series/{{Columbo}} ramble on about his never-seen wife, someone decided it would be a good idea to do a spinoff starring her as an AmateurSleuth in her own right. We suspect drugs were involved.
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So they cast Kate Mulgrew (later of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''), who was middling-tall, slender in build, redheaded, ''and'' about twelve the first time Mrs. Columbo was mentioned by her husband. We suspect drugs were involved.

When ''Mrs. Columbo'' failed to perform as hoped, the show was {{retool}}ed under the new title ''Kate Columbo''. Kate divorced her husband and carried out her amateur sleuthing under the auspices of her new job as a small-town newspaper reporter. We suspect drugs were involved.

The series was eventually retitled ''Kate Loves A Mystery'', and then died. In all, only about a dozen episodes were made, possibly giving ''Mrs. Columbo'' the highest titles-to-episodes ratio in TV history.

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So they cast Kate Mulgrew (later of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''), who was middling-tall, slender in build, redheaded, ''and'' about twelve the first time Mrs. Columbo was mentioned by her husband. We suspect drugs were involved.

husband.

When ''Mrs. Columbo'' failed to perform as hoped, the show was {{retool}}ed under the new title ''Kate Columbo''. Kate divorced her husband and carried out her amateur sleuthing under the auspices of her new job as a small-town newspaper reporter. We suspect drugs were involved.

reporter.

The series was eventually retitled ''Kate Loves A Mystery'', and then died.was cancelled. In all, only about a dozen episodes were made, possibly giving ''Mrs. Columbo'' the highest titles-to-episodes ratio in TV history.


When ''Mrs. Columbo'' failed to perform as hoped, the show was {{retool}}ed under the new title ''Kate Columbo''. Kate divorced her husband and carried out her amateur sleuthing under the auspices of her new job as a small-town newspaper reporter. [[OverlyLongGag We suspect drugs were involved.]]

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When ''Mrs. Columbo'' failed to perform as hoped, the show was {{retool}}ed under the new title ''Kate Columbo''. Kate divorced her husband and carried out her amateur sleuthing under the auspices of her new job as a small-town newspaper reporter. [[OverlyLongGag We suspect drugs were involved.]]
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** Richard, Sybil's husband who discovered her shortly before the events of the episode. [[spoiler: He claimed to have left Sybil because he [[BlatantLies couldn't stand being given everything he wanted, finding it humiliating.]] In reality, he found it inconvenient that he was forced to sign an agreement that would keep him away from Sybil's money she made in the catering business. He then decided to court Patty, his wife's business partner and best friend, who presumably will share her money with him post-retirement, and is far younger and more beautiful. After Patty's death, he immediately returns to Sybil under the guise that he was too in love with her to leave her. However, he inadvertently makes it clear that he's definitely ''not'' over Patty.]]

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** Richard, Sybil's husband who discovered divorced her shortly before the events of the episode. [[spoiler: He claimed to have left Sybil because he [[BlatantLies couldn't stand being given everything he wanted, finding it humiliating.]] In reality, he found it inconvenient that he was forced to sign an agreement that would keep him away from Sybil's money she made in the catering business. He then decided to court Patty, his wife's business partner and best friend, who presumably will share her money with him post-retirement, and is far younger and more beautiful. After Patty's death, he immediately returns to Sybil under the guise that he was too in love with her to leave her. However, he inadvertently makes it clear that he's definitely ''not'' over Patty.]]


** The murder victim, Patty, [[spoiler: wooed her best friend, Sybil's husband Richard, away from her without her knowledge. When we first hear Patty suggesting that Sybil cater her wedding, we first think it's a friendly offer. When we watch the entire episode a second time, it almost sounds like Patty is ''taunting'' her.]]
** Richard, Sybil's husband who discovered her shortly before the events of the episode. [[spoiler: He claimed to have left Sybil because he [[BlatantLies stand her giving him everything he wanted, finding it humiliating.]] In reality, he found it inconvenient that he was forced to sign an agreement that would keep him away from Sybil's money she made in the catering business. He then decided to court Patty, his wife's business partner and best friend, who presumably will share her money with him post-retirement, and is far younger and more beautiful. After Patty's death, he immediately returns to Sybil under the guise that he was too in love with her to leave her. However, he inadvertently makes it clear that he's definitely ''not'' over Patty.]]

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** The murder victim, Patty, [[spoiler: wooed her best friend, Sybil's husband Richard, away from her without her knowledge.knowledge--at first. When we first hear Patty suggesting that Sybil cater her wedding, we first think it's a friendly offer. When we watch the entire episode a second time, it almost sounds like Patty is ''taunting'' her.]]
** Richard, Sybil's husband who discovered her shortly before the events of the episode. [[spoiler: He claimed to have left Sybil because he [[BlatantLies couldn't stand her giving him being given everything he wanted, finding it humiliating.]] In reality, he found it inconvenient that he was forced to sign an agreement that would keep him away from Sybil's money she made in the catering business. He then decided to court Patty, his wife's business partner and best friend, who presumably will share her money with him post-retirement, and is far younger and more beautiful. After Patty's death, he immediately returns to Sybil under the guise that he was too in love with her to leave her. However, he inadvertently makes it clear that he's definitely ''not'' over Patty.]]
** The murderer Sybil, while we can certainly understand her fury upon discovering that her [[spoiler: best friend took her husband away from her,]] there may have been a less [[spoiler: lethal way of dealing with the issue. And it would've been better if she simply called out Richard for his obvious greed and kick him to the curb once again instead of trying to bludgeon him with a fire poker, or throwing him off a balcony.
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* AssholeVictim: The episode "Caviar with Everything" manages to put the lid on this. In short, the only character in this episode to ''not'' be an asshole is Kate Columbo herself.
** The murder victim, Patty, [[spoiler: wooed her best friend, Sybil's husband Richard, away from her without her knowledge. When we first hear Patty suggesting that Sybil cater her wedding, we first think it's a friendly offer. When we watch the entire episode a second time, it almost sounds like Patty is ''taunting'' her.]]
** Richard, Sybil's husband who discovered her shortly before the events of the episode. [[spoiler: He claimed to have left Sybil because he [[BlatantLies stand her giving him everything he wanted, finding it humiliating.]] In reality, he found it inconvenient that he was forced to sign an agreement that would keep him away from Sybil's money she made in the catering business. He then decided to court Patty, his wife's business partner and best friend, who presumably will share her money with him post-retirement, and is far younger and more beautiful. After Patty's death, he immediately returns to Sybil under the guise that he was too in love with her to leave her. However, he inadvertently makes it clear that he's definitely ''not'' over Patty.]]


Creator/LevinsonAndLink (creators of ''Columbo'') have [[WordOfGod emphatically maintained]] that Kate Columbo is ''not'' the unseen wife of their character, but the wife of some other detective of the same name (who happens to also have a beat up car and a bassett hound named "Dog"). During the filming of the first post-''Mrs. Columbo'' episode of ''Columbo'', they joked that they were considering having Columbo mention in passing that "some crazy girl" had been running around impersonating his wife.

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Creator/LevinsonAndLink (creators of ''Columbo'') have [[WordOfGod emphatically maintained]] that Kate Columbo is ''not'' ''[[CanonDiscontinuity not]]'' the unseen wife of their character, but the wife of some other detective of the same name (who happens to also have a beat up car and a bassett hound named "Dog"). During the filming of the first post-''Mrs. Columbo'' episode of ''Columbo'', they joked that they were considering having Columbo mention in passing that "some crazy girl" had been running around impersonating his wife.


Creator/LevinsonAndLink (creators of ''Columbo'') have [[WordOfGod emphatically maintained]] that Kate Columbo is ''not'' the unseen wife of their character, but the wife of some other detective of the same name. During the filming of the first post-''Mrs. Columbo'' episode of ''Columbo'', they joked that they were considering having Columbo mention in passing that "some crazy girl" had been running around impersonating his wife.

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Creator/LevinsonAndLink (creators of ''Columbo'') have [[WordOfGod emphatically maintained]] that Kate Columbo is ''not'' the unseen wife of their character, but the wife of some other detective of the same name.name (who happens to also have a beat up car and a bassett hound named "Dog"). During the filming of the first post-''Mrs. Columbo'' episode of ''Columbo'', they joked that they were considering having Columbo mention in passing that "some crazy girl" had been running around impersonating his wife.


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[[caption-width-right:230:[-Creator/DonaldPleasence says: "''You're'' Mrs. Columbo? Sorry, not buying it."-] "[[note]]And as he appeared alongside the actual Columbo, he's entirely justified.[[/note]]-] ]]


* TheDanza: Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo.

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The SpinOff has a long and sometimes successful history. A character, usually minor, who has appeared in one show is upgraded to the central character of a new show.

But never before had a character who ''hadn't'' appeared been spun off.

After listening for about a decade to Lieutenant Series/{{Columbo}} ramble on about his never-seen wife, someone decided it would be a good idea to do a spinoff starring her as an AmateurSleuth in her own right. We suspect drugs were involved.

But who could possibly play the famous detective's [[TheGhost Ghost]] spouse? Fortunately, Lieutenant Columbo had told us quite a lot about her: she was his [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend childhood sweetheart.]] She was shortish, stoutish, raven-haired, and extremely busty.

So they cast Kate Mulgrew (later of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''), who was middling-tall, slender in build, redheaded, ''and'' about twelve the first time Mrs. Columbo was mentioned by her husband. We suspect drugs were involved.

When ''Mrs. Columbo'' failed to perform as hoped, the show was {{retool}}ed under the new title ''Kate Columbo''. Kate divorced her husband and carried out her amateur sleuthing under the auspices of her new job as a small-town newspaper reporter. [[OverlyLongGag We suspect drugs were involved.]]

The series was eventually retitled ''Kate Loves A Mystery'', and then died. In all, only about a dozen episodes were made, possibly giving ''Mrs. Columbo'' the highest titles-to-episodes ratio in TV history.

Creator/LevinsonAndLink (creators of ''Columbo'') have [[WordOfGod emphatically maintained]] that Kate Columbo is ''not'' the unseen wife of their character, but the wife of some other detective of the same name. During the filming of the first post-''Mrs. Columbo'' episode of ''Columbo'', they joked that they were considering having Columbo mention in passing that "some crazy girl" had been running around impersonating his wife.

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!!''Mrs. Columbo'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AfterShow
* TheDanza: Kate Mulgrew as Kate Columbo.
* TheGhost: Mr. Columbo
* MysteryOfTheWeek
* PluckyGirl
* {{Retool}}
* WheelProgram: A&E aired this show as one spoke in a Mystery Wheel package in the early 90s when they lost the rights to air episodes of its first Wheel's shows including ''Series/McMillanAndWife'', ''Series/McCloud'', ''Series/{{Banacek}}'', and ironically, ''Series/{{Columbo}}''.

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