Music conductor Alex Benedict has an affair with a pianist. 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 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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Did You Know?
Despite the fact that Blythe Danner was pregnant with Gwineth Paltrow during the filming of this episode, Ms. Danner is still amazingly THIN. The author of this bit of Trivia thought HE was thin until he met her at the Director's Guild Theater in Hollywood several years after this "Columbo" was made. See more
John Cassavetes is a conductor, yet the grand piano he plays in the first scene has an obviously stuck white key. Something a musician would not tolerate on any piano, much less his own. See more
I can't stand suicide. Murder is bad, but suicide is sadder.
References A New Leaf
Composed by Euphemia Allen
(aka Arthur de Lulle) 1877
Played by Peter Falk
on piano. See more