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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The characters in this episode Tony and Jarvis are also fictional names of characters played in the Iron Man films 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 »


Jarvis Goodland: Ah, the trust fund! That's why you wanted ME here.
Cathy Goodland: Well, Jarvis, I certainly knew you wouldn't help me raise the money any other way.
Columbo: I'm sorry. I don't quite understand about that trust fund.
Jarvis Goodland: Well, you see, I'm co-administrator with the bank of a trust fund set up by Tony's father. And you, Catherine, should know, of all people, that he put enough strings in there to protect Tony from his own bad habits... and grasping wives.
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Referenced in The Six Million Dollar Man: Population: Zero (1974) See more »

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Better than average and quite enjoyable
26 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This isn't Columbo's best, but it is still a well-plotted episode. I do agree it does focus too much on the secondary characters and I think Peter Falk and Ray Milland were more deserving of more scenes together. Still the plot is intriguing, the pacing is more playful than usual, the script is intelligent, the locations and photography are once again striking and the direction is good too. The acting is pretty much top notch, Peter Falk of course is exceptional, while Ray Milland gives one of my favourite guest performances on the show's run as he is suitably bolshy and calculating here. Overall, it is an enjoyable episode, even with its flaws. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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