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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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 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: 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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This most manipulative of villains
23 March 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In the course of the Columbo series there are some perpetrators you feel sorry for and some you truly hate. Ray Milland in this episode falls into the latter category. He's a cynical and manipulative sort who really does think he's smarter than everyone else. He even tries to play off Bob Dishy making the first of two appearances as an earnest young police sergeant against Peter Falk at one point as Falk zeroes in on him.

The orchid growing Milland has a rather worthless nephew in Bradford Dillman and he administers with the bank a rather stringent trust with a strict allowance for him. He wants his hands on the money and there is an emergency clause to get some more out. They fake a kidnapping with a ransom demand of $300,000.00 and then Milland kills Dillman.

The beauty for Milland is that Dillman had a cheating wife in Sandra Smith who is prime for something like this. She also has a boyfriend in William Smith who casts well as a villain in any number items he's been part of the cast. But of course it doesn't fool Peter Falk who Milland thinks is dumb. The fate of all villains in this show.

I wish Bob Dishy had been cast in more than two of the Columbos. I like him here almost as much as a good defense lawyer in Law And Order. He and Falk work well together.

This most manipulative of villains gets his just desserts, but you have to watch to see how.

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