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
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
Now, there's no use glaring at me like that. Blood is thicker than martinis.