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
Gloria West
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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15 October 1972 (USA)  »

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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 »


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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The Nephew
20 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Ray Milland returns to the series, this time playing Orchid collecting Jarvis Goodland, who concocts a phony kidnapping scheme involving his weak nephew Tony(played by Bradford Dillman) in order to raise $300,000 from a Trust Fund that can only be broken under extreme circumstances that must be proved to the bank. Once this is accomplished, Jarvis disposes of his nephew in order to keep the money for himself, but that only further convinces Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) that there was no kidnapping, and trying to prove it may require him to literally dig in the garden dirt... First of two appearances of Sergeant Wilson(Bob Dishy) in reasonably good episode.

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