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
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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
After the Jaguar is pushed into the canyon, it comes to rest with minor damage. When Columbo inspects it the next morning, it has much more damage: the front bumper is missing, the headlight assembly is gone, and the body has more front end damage. See more
Well, I must say, Catherine, our kidnapper, whoever he is, is certainly no piker. To demand a ransom of $300,000... Why, I'll wager, a week here and there, even YOU don't spend that sort of money.
Don't you ever stop, Jarvis?
However, leaving our personal affection aside, you must realize that my situation is such that even I couldn't pour even the smallest drop into such a huge bucket - even though I'm not a weakling with a spendthrift wife.