Millionaire Bo Williamson returns from two months in Europe and finds an unpleasant surprise: his second wife, Jennifer, has financed a new town construction project. Incensed, Bo confronts Elliot Markham, the architect with the original idea. Shortly thereafter, Bo disappears again, and it looks as if he's off on another European trip, but his first wife, Goldie, doesn't think so and - despite the lack of a body - gets Lt. Columbo to look into it for her. It doesn't take the detective long to sense something is indeed amiss, but where's the corpse? Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
Did You Know?
This is one of the very few episodes where viewers do not see the murder being committed. See more
Bo Williamson's car is specially outfitted with a silver six-gun on each door-handle. It's a great touch of character, big and gaudy enough that we should see the revolvers at considerable distance. But in the longer views of the car, driving through the construction site near the beginning, the guns are missing. In fact, it might be a different gold Cadillac than the car used in close-ups, because we are also unable to see the decorative air-vents aft of the doors. See more
Lieutenant, anybody ever tell you you're very much like an arachnid?
A tick. They're quite common but excessively tenacious. They hang on. They let go only under extreme prodding.