*The case that Columbo couldn't solve ?
If such a scenario had evolved during the series run, do you think this would have detrimentally effected the reputation of both Columbo as a detective, & the series writers for not giving our disheveled hero the arrest ?
Surely, Columbo during his long career had one failure at least, for whatever extenuating circumstances arose.
Maybe it could have been a 2 part episode, so at least we the audience, & the writers could at least flirt with the idea.
I only mention it, because it would have been interesting to see how Columbo would have reacted to such a scenario, as I said, surely no detective has a 100% strike rate, and I'm not talking about the judicial proceedings, as it's very likely that many of the accused would have been acquitted, I'm talking about Columbo not being able to build a strong enough case for an arrest.
So, do you think it would have 'broken' the character of Columbo, & the series formula, if such a rare instance had occurred? *