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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Jarvis Goodland's house was not a real house, but rather a prop at Universal Studios. Built for the classic 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' (1927), this mansion has been seen in 'Written on the Wind', appeared as the Sanitorium in 'Harvey', and as the exterior of Applegate Manor in 'Casper'. Prior to 1981, the mansion was, along with the rest of Colonial Street, at the northern edge of the back lot. During this period it was known as the Shelby Mansion (after the characters who lived there in Uncle Tom's Cabin'). 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 »


Sergeant Frederic Wilson: J'ever see one of these before, Lieutenant?
Columbo: Uh... no, not sure I have. It, eh, looks kind of familiar, though.
Sergeant Frederic Wilson: It's a camera-mounted starlight scope. They used 'em quite a bit at Berkeley for night work.
Columbo: You mean that takes pictures in the dark?
Sergeant Frederic Wilson: Yeah. I bought this one myself.
Columbo: You used your own money?
Sergeant Frederic Wilson: Well, I wanted to have the best equipment for the job, sir.
Columbo: You must be a bachelor.
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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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