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?
Pat Morita, who became largely famous for his role as "Miyagi" in The Karate Kid (1984), makes an appearance in this episode as "The House Boy." See more
Columbo tells Benedict that there are nine unexplained miles on the cars odometer, the exact distance to the victims house. This would require 18 miles on the odometer for a round trip. See more
Am I too late for the lynching?
References A New Leaf
Composed by Jimmy Davis
Played by James Olson's combo at jazz club. See more