Stanford Chemicals CEO David Buckner wants to sell the business, but he is overruled by several people: his wife Doris, company lawyer Everett Logan, and his nephew Roger, the lighthearted young genius whose late father founded the company. But he has a plan: he has uncovered some very embarrassing and illegal past activities on the part of Roger. He demands that his nephew change his aunt Doris's mind about the sale, or he'll tell Doris about all the nasty things her precious Roger has done. But Roger is one step ahead of him, and initiates a plan to murder his uncle with dangerous explosives. Unfortunately for him, he didn't count on Lieutenant Columbo investigating Buckner's "car accident." The Lieutenant quickly suspects Roger, and puts together a web of evidence to trap the young scientist in his own lies. Written by
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This episode of Columbo, Short Fuse, contains eight (8) cast members (including Peter Falk) who all starred in Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone (1959-1964) during its run, some in multiple roles. See more
When Columbo walks over to play an answering machine message, Roger's right hand is on the top of a decanter while his left hand holds his drink. When the camera changes, neither hand is on the decanter and his right hand holds his drink. Also, the glass was just under half-full, but with the camera cut it becomes two thirds full. See more
Roger, I called the Commissioner of Police, and he said he'd send over his very best man.
[looking Columbo over
Is that a fact?
Lt. Columbo: Well, my wife, she says I'm second-best, but, uh... She claims there are eighty fellas tied for first.