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
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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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 »


When Columbo sits on the sofa with Gloria, his hand inexplicably winds up against his head (possibly due to a bit of the scene cut for time). See more »


Jarvis Goodland: 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.
Cathy Goodland: Don't you ever stop, Jarvis?
Jarvis Goodland: 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.
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Referenced in The Six Million Dollar Man: Population: Zero (1974) See more »

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Reasonably originally-plotted and above-average entry in the series
24 September 2005 | by (Port Talbot, South Wales,UK) – See all my reviews

Stemming from an enjoyably sarcastic, no-nonsense characterisation and a hammy performance from Ray Milland as the murderer and a plot which is reasonably fresh and original, this second season episode is deceptively entertaining.

Perhaps there is too much focus on the secondary characters, especially Sergeant Wilson (who is assigned to the case to help Columbo and who would make a further appearance in the series some 4 years later in "Now you see Him"), but it is not burdensome in the extreme and there are some typically choice moments of humour - nb: Columbo's fall after trying to negotiate his way down a steep hill.

Certainly not as intelligently conceived and executed as the vintage episodes in the series; the pacing is more playful than frenetic and the scenes between Falk and Milland are too few and far between. Nonetheless, above-average stuff and pleasing viewing.

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