Leslie Williams, a brilliant tort attorney is bored by her husband, a respected member of the state supreme court. After trading on his famous name to get ahead, she tries to get her freedom by murdering him and concocts a scheme to make it appear that he's been kidnapped and held for ransom. After she pays the ransom to herself, his dead body is found. She may have fooled the FBI but not Lt. Columbo, who is aided by her vengeful stepdaughter. Written by
Did You Know?
Produced as a second pilot for Columbo
(1971) three years after Prescription: Murder
(1968). Its success led to "Columbo" being made part of a rotating Mystery Movie wheel of programs for most of the 1970s. See more
Early in the pilot when Lee Grant's character leaves her husband's 1971 Lincoln sedan at the stop sign and goes to a mailbox to mail the ransom note she is startled by an approaching car. As the car approaches it is a Corvette. However as the car is shown driving away the rear of the car is a 1971 Lincoln sedan; possibly the same car and/or a sequence planned for earlier in the scene. See more
You know the soap you have in the bathroom, the ones shaped like little lemons? Well I was almost afraid to use 'em.
But that's what they're there for, lieutenant - to be used.
Well if you don't mind my asking: when you use one, and you put it back in the plate, how do you keep it from sticking to the others?
It's a problem.
That's what I figured.
References Perry Mason