The Most Crucial Game is the third episode of the second season of Columbo and the twelfth episode overall. It first aired on November 5, 1972 and was directed by Jeremy Kagan. In addition to Peter Falk as Columbo, the episode stars Robert Culp (in his second of appearances in the series, in three of which he plays the murderer), Dean Stockwell and Valerie Harper.

Columbo (season 2)
1."Étude in Black" 2."The Greenhouse Jungle" 3."The Most Crucial Game" 4."Dagger of the Mind" 5."Requiem for a Falling Star" 6."A Stitch in Crime" 7."The Most Dangerous Match" 8."Double Shock"

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