Columbo: 5 unfortunate aftermaths in “Suitable for Framing”


The art world
is shocked with accusations of murder.  When a local television personality is arrested for homicide, there’s bound to be repercussions.  From the 1971 episode of Columbo, here are 5 unfortunate aftermaths in “Suitable for Framing”.

1: Tracy’s murder goes unsolved

Columbo hinted that Tracy’s death was suspicious.  He went as far as to investigate, trying to find a relationship between the murdered art student and Dale Kingston.  However, he wasn’t able to find evidence linking the two together on-screen.  While the Lieutenant “got his man”, no further mention of Tracy was heard again.  As far as we know, it will be left as a one-car, accidental death.

2: Dale Kingston’s “World of Art” is abruptly cancelled


Airing each weekday, Dale Kingston’s television show critiquing and opining art will be cancelled due to “scheduling conflicts”.  For true fans of Mr. Kingston, you can follow his latest adventures on the local news stations.

3: Mr. and Mrs. Evans lose their jobs


With their employer dead and his heir imprisoned, the Evans may be digging into their pension sooner than expected.  With the house rented and the lease broken, the Evans will need to consider retirement.

4: Matilda’s gallery becomes an epicenter of “good” art


With the notoriety, Matilda’s gallery will be known as the place television personality, Dale Kingston, used for his alibis.  Deception, murder, and art come together in a mystery of Matilda’s gallery.  Unfortunately, Matilda and her hand-picked artist-du-jour will define high culture art in Los Angeles for too long of a time.

5: Sam Franklin will never be allowed to leave Matilda’s gallery


Having given Sam Franklin his own studio inside her gallery, Matilda may never let him leave.  With the new popularity and ever soaring prices reaped from Sam’s work, Matilda is sure to lock him inside.  The already insufferable artist will find new reasons to be grumpy when he realizes there is no escape from Matilda.

Bonus: Uncle Rudy’s art may never be donated


Described as a “poor, unstable creature”, Edna Matthews inherited a collection of priceless art.  But her evaluation of her emotional and mental prowess came before she learned her nephew tried to frame her for murder.  We imagine the cocktails will be pouring fast and often and her capacity to make decisions will be debilitated.  Until she recovers, the many paintings will sit, collecting dust, while her phone rings off the hook.


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