Adrian Carsini is a fanatical wine connoisseur who operates an elite winery on the California coast. When Adrian's indifferent brother, who owns the winery property, threatens to sell it, Adrian bludgeons him in a fit of rage, then binds and places his brother in his air-tight wine vault while he travels to New York to attend a conference. Adrian disposes of the body on his return in such a way as to make his brother's demise look like a scuba diving accident, but Adrian hadn't reckoned on the canny Lieutenant Columbo from LAPD's Homicide Division (a cigar-smoking detective with many fetishes: a constantly referred-to but unseen wife, an old car, and a rumpled raincoat). In his usual patronizing manner, Columbo suspects Carsini almost immediately, befriending him while slyly searching for clues to link Carsini to the killing. Written by
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Did You Know?
Peter Falk has stated, that this episode is his personal favorite. He said,that this was the first episode in which Columbo developed a sincere fondness for the murderer. Speaking of Columbo and the Donald Pleasence character, he said that "the two men shared something in common -- an admiration for excellence." See more
When Adrian Carsini emerges from the wine cellar after moving the body, he is bare-handed, but seconds later, as he runs across to his brother's car, he is wearing snuggly fitted leather driving gloves. See more
Why were you assigned to the case? I mean, you're-you're in homicide, aren't you?
I just go where they tell me to, sir.
Well, doesn't look right to me. It looks like they, uh... they suspect someone of, uh, foul play.
Well, maybe they do, sir, but you certainly don't have anything to worry about. You were three thousand miles away at the time of his death, right?
References This Gun for Hire
This Old Man
English children's folk song
Whistled by Peter Falk See more