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You used him as a prop... (8.03)

Wendy: You said you wanted to spend the day with him.

Chuck: Yeah, I said I wanted to spend time with him, and I did.

Wendy: You used him as a prop. which you swore you'd never do, since that's exactly what your father did to you.

Chuck: We spent the morning at the park. And a reporter happened upon us because, at the moment, I am newsworthy. Finally in a good way.

Wendy: I'm sure it's a wonderful lesson for Kevin on what really matters.

Chuck: Indeed it was. He got to run around a little bit, and he got some exposure as to how you finesse relations with the fourth estate.

Wendy: That is exactly the kind of half-truth that's led to our current situation.

Chuck: As is your failure to tell me you were going back to work for Axelrod.

Wendy: Oh, my God…

Chuck: Oh, I had to Columbo that one for myself…

Columbo or Lieutenant Columbo is the eponymous main character in the successful detective crime drama series Columbo. The character is a shrewd but inelegant blue-collar homicide detective whose trademarks include his shambling manner, rumpled beige raincoat and off-putting, relentless investigative approach.

Columbo is portrayed primarily by Peter Falk, who appeared in the role from 1968 through 2003. Columbo's first name has never officially been identified, although the name "Frank Columbo" has been visible on pieces of identification throughout the show's history.

The character of Columbo was created by William Link, who said that Columbo was partially inspired by the Crime and Punishment character Porfiry Petrovich as well as G. K. Chesterton's humble cleric-detective Father Brown. Other sources claim Columbo's character is also influenced by Inspector Fichet from the French suspense-thriller film Les Diaboliques (1955).