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
Did You Know?
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
In the limousine as David Buckner is opening the cigar box, he removes the piece of tape on the left side. As he removes the piece on the right side, the piece that was on the left side reappears. See more
You don't think that all of these people wanted to kill Mr. Buckner, do you?
I did; but, a large corporation is like a jungle, Lieutenant, to coin a phrase.