Columbo (1971–2003)
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The Greenhouse Jungle 

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
Ken Nichols
Gloria West
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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15 October 1972 (USA)  »

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Sgt. Wilson reappears later in the Columbo series to help catch the Great Santini. However, his first name changes from Frederic to John. See more »


Columbo is in charge of the kidnapping case since the very beginning, even though he works in Homicide. The case does not become a murder until minute 45. 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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Criminals acting guilty
29 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Considering the star power this episode had, including Ray Milland, Bradford Dillman, Arlene Martel, and the great William Smith, I feel it failed to deliver, mainly because the guilty parties act too guilty. As another reviewer mentioned years before, Milland seems to go way beyond what a guilty person would act like, and shows no remorse at all, which is unrealistic to me. Even though the story is very entertaining, including a hilarious fall down a wooded trail by Columbo, mostly everyone is unlikable, especially Cathy Goodland, played by an unimpressive Sandra Smith; her career lasted only a few years later, and that doesn't totally surprise me. The motive and crime seemed lazily put together, and the only redeeming aspect to me was the subdued performance by Smith, who usually plays a hood. As critical as I've been so far, let me add that this is still a fairly entertaining episode, minus any realism, but there are at least some laughs along the way.

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