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: I hope you understand, Luis, that, uh, the lieutenant here is here as my guest. He has no official status. Luis Montoya
: So inquisitive. I find him amusing.
: [referring to bullfighting
] I don't know how you fight those things to make a living. Luis Montoya
: It's more than a living, Lieutenant. It's a way of life. Lt. Columbo
: I'll tell you the truth, uh, I don't think I would enjoy watching a man kill an animal like that, as big and as mean as he is. Luis Montoya
: Perhaps you do enjoy the spectacle of two men in the prize ring beating each other senseless, or murdering an innocent deer with a rifle, or catching a fish with another one which is still alive. Our culture is different than yours, Lieutenant. No better or worse, perhaps, but, uh, different.
: May I ask you a personal question, sir? Luis Montoya
: Oh, by all means. Lt. Columbo
: Did you injure your leg in the bullring? Luis Montoya
] On the Plaza Del Toros, Mexico. It was the wound that ended my career. And, ironically, it wasn't even the bull I was supposed to fight. You see, I was appearing mano a mano with a young matador who froze, and the bull gored him. I jumped to his rescue, and I, too, was gored. Badly. Here. They tried to take me to the infirmary along with the young matador, but I refused to go. Despite the blood flowing from my wound, I stayed in the ring and I did one of the best faenas of my career. I killed the bull with one thrust. The people loved it! They stood up and gave me an electrifying ovation. Two ears and a tail! That was my last fight. Lt. Columbo
: Well, that must have taken a lot of courage, sir.
: There are no buts.
: A bull like Marinaro, how much he worth? Luis Montoya
: $8,000 - more with inflation. Lt. Columbo
: Seems like a valuable piece of property to destroy without permission.
: You see, my cows are very aggressive, Lieutenant. That's why they breed such brave bulls.
: Actually, I thought if I got the chance I'd like to come out here one more time before I left. I'm fascinated by everything out here, but I don't want to be a pest. Luis Montoya
: Oh, not at all, Lieutenant. You're welcome here anytime. Lt. Columbo
: Well, thank you very much, sir. I've been fascinated by everything I've seen out here and I still think there's a lot to learn.
: I am sorry, Lieutenant. I have tried to be gracious; I have answered all your questions; my courtesy has been rewarded with accusation. I must ask you to leave my house and not return.
: [losing control before Columbo
] If you understood the first thing about bullfighting, you would not question Hector's death.