We can now reveal that the winner is…
Of course it was.
Columbo didn’t let the fact he was up against three opponents faze him in the slightest, and the result was one of the most significant whitewashes in the history of this fine event.
He played a textbook match, putting the Angels at ease straight away by mentioning how much his wife loves them, and then massaging their egos by deftly pretending he needed their advice on an unrelated matter.
In the final minutes of the match Columbo struck with a knock out punch of ‘Just one more thing…’ that managed to tie up a whole range of loose ends while giving the audience the satisfaction of watching a game well played.
The Angels, though experienced crime fighters, could do nothing against this onslaught, and early objections that Columbo had actually collected the winning trophy in the pre-credits sequence of the match and therefore unfairly gamed the system fell on deaf ears.
This was a masterclass in TV Detection, and Columbo rightly joins the other 15 contestants that are through to Round 2.
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