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
Did You Know?
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 Jarvis and Tony are working out the kidnapping details, Tony is listening to the police dispatcher on his radio. A close-up shows the "police radio" is just a common portable AM radio that would not receive police frequencies.
At one time LAPD (and other police agencies) broadcast on frequencies in the AM band and could sometimes be picked up by commercial radios and some radios had provisions to tune in on AM police bands. Though by the time of this episode LAPD had probably stopped using those frequencies. See more
Ah, the trust fund! That's why you wanted ME here.
Well, Jarvis, I certainly knew you wouldn't help me raise the money any other way.
I'm sorry. I don't quite understand about that trust fund.
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.