Columbo (1971–2003)
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The Greenhouse Jungle 

Columbo arrives at a kidnapping case, which at some point turns to worse. 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
Peggy Mondo ...
Richard Annis ...
Larry Watson ...
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A horticulturist and his nephew take part in a fake kidnapping scheme so the nephew can break into his trust fund in order to win back his cheating wife. But once the money is accessed, the horticulturist decides he wants all the trust money for himself so to make a legitimate claim, he kills his nephew.

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15 October 1972 (USA)  »

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The footage of the yellow Jaguar being pushed into a canyon has been used multiple times. It appears in the Barnaby Jones (1973) episodes, Barnaby Jones: Image in a Cracked Mirror (1974) with Bradford Dillman, and Barnaby Jones: Murder Once Removed (1975). It appears again in the Columbo (1971) episode, Columbo: The Greenhouse Jungle (1972) which also stars Dillman. See more »


After the Jaguar is pushed into the canyon, it comes to rest with minor damage. When Columbo inspects it the next morning, it has much more damage: the front bumper is missing, the headlight assembly is gone, and the body has more front end damage. 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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Nothing to dislike here
27 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This slick early Columbo story is slightly above average for its type, although not one of the very best the series has to offer. Certainly all of the right ingredients are present and correct , it's just that they're all quite familiar to fans of the show and the whole 'fake kidnapping' thing has been done elsewhere and better.

The guest villain is none other than Ray Milland, a true Hollywood great, who immediately raises the interest and doesn't disappoint with his insufferably stuffy turn. There are supporting turns from cult favourite William Smith and a briefly-seen Bradford Dillman, but the most interesting role goes to the frustrated wife, played nicely by Sandra Smith. Bob Dishy is very good as the green sergeant, and would later return in NOW YOU SEE HIM.

Peter Falk is on good form as per usual for this series, although comedy surrounding his character is in short supply, aside from that hillside tumble early on in the proceedings. The greenhouse angle of the story is an odd one as it only provides a backdrop to a couple of scenes, whereas the other themed episodes (medical, magic, etc.) had more of a relevance to the storyline. Still, this is a perfectly reasonable episode of the show, and there's nothing to dislike here.

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