Columbo: Season 2, Episode 2

The Greenhouse Jungle (15 Oct. 1972)

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Columbo arrives at a kidnapping case, which at some point turns into a murder. Everything seems to be related to a trust fund managed by a man with a great love for orchids.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Jarvis Goodland
Sergeant Frederic Wilson
Sandra Smith ...
Cathy Goodland
Tony Goodland
Gloria West
Robert Karnes ...
Milton Frome ...
Peggy Mondo ...
Richard Annis ...
Larry Watson ...
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Tony Goodland's wife is straying. He believes money will bring her back to him, but while he leads a comfortable life, most of his massive inheritance is in a trust fund that can only be accessed in extraordinary circumstances. Tony's uncle Jarvis, an expert in orchids, proposes a plan: he will help Tony fake his own kidnapping, which will allow Tony to gain a good portion of his trust fund unsuspected. What Tony doesn't realize is that Jarvis wants that money for himself and is willing to kill to get it. What Jarvis doesn't realize is that all his careful planning will fall apart under the watchful eye of Lieutenant Columbo, who quickly finds holes in the kidnapping scenario. Written by Anonymous

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Cast includes two actresses from notable roles on the original Star Trek. Arlene Martel portrayed Spock's Vulcan wife T'Pring in "Amok Time." In "Turnabout Intruder," Sandra Smith portrayed Dr. Janice Lester, a power-mad scientist who uses an alien machine to transfer her consciousness into Captain Kirk. See more »


When Columbo and Wilson are examining the yellow Jaguar, Wilson holds Columbo's raincoat over his right arm while Columbo digs the bullet from the seat.The raincoat is visible in the full length shot, but disappears in the reverse shot when he is writing on the envelope he has put the bullet in. See more »


Jarvis Goodland: Now, there's no use glaring at me like that. Blood is thicker than martinis.
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Referenced in The Six Million Dollar Man: Population: Zero (1974) See more »

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Revolutionary if you think about!
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, Columbo's case this time involves the wife, Cathy Goodland, who prefers other relationships to her lovesick husband. He takes up with a beautiful and attractive woman but only to talk about it. He and his rich uncle played by Ray Milland set up a kidnapping in order to get her attention. Even though there is money involved, Columbo knows something's wrong with his chief suspect who is an avid gardener. Ray Milland gives an excellent performance as the uncle. The rest of the cast appear satisfactory in my opinion. The story could have used more work but it is typical Columbo if you watch it enough times like I have over the years. An open marriage was hardly mentioned in the 1980s much less in the 1970s but it was there. The widow Goodland makes no excuses for her lifestyle. She doesn't have to explain to anybody else about her spending free time with attractive sailors who could be easily bought for the right price but it's all wrapped up in trust funds.

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