Music conductor Alex Benedict has an affair with a pianist, and when the pianist threatens to reveal their affair to Benedict's wife, whose wealthy mother owns the company on which Benedict's career is dependent, Benedict decides to permanently silence his mistress. He strangles her and arranges for her death to look like a suicide by kitchen stove gas asphyxiation. Lieutenant Columbo, a cunning detective in a rumpled raincoat, doesn't believe the pianist took her own life and suspects that Benedict was responsible for her death. He pesters Benedict with constant questions as he searches for clues to place Benedict at the murder scene. Written by
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This is the debut episode for Dog, Columbo's pet basset hound. See more
Janice Benedict's hair, at the end, just before she accompanies Columbo and Alex into the screening room to watch the incriminating video, is swept up in a bun behind her head. When she enters the room (it's a continuous scene, leaving no opportunity for Janice to change hair styles), her hair is down in a long ponytail. See more
I thought you might be a little angry.
How could I be angry looking at you? I just don't like ultimatums, that's all.
Well, I don't like being a secret mistress. It's not my style.
I know. You told me.
Composed byn Euphemia Allen (aka Arthur de Lulle) 1877
Played by Peter Falk on piano. See more