Nelson Hayward is running for the senate as a man tough on crime. His dictatorial campaign manager, Harry Stone, orders the candidate dump his mistress, backing up his demand with threats to expose the politician's shady past. Stone little guesses that his own publicity-minded lie about anonymous killers threatening the politician's life will lead Hayward to murder him and blame it on the invented assailants. Hayward sets up a tricky alibi for himself around a surprise birthday party for his wife. No one suspects the clever deception except that annoyingly observant Italian-American cop in the rumpled raincoat - the redoubtable Lt. Columbo. Written by
J. Spurlin / revised by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
Katey Sagal, who plays a secretary at the campaign headquarters, is the daughter of this episode's director, Boris Sagal. See more
Nelson prepares an anonymous letter to himself. A cut up newspaper nearby suggests that the letter was fashioned from newspaper cuttings, yet extensive white space surrounding the individual words (in various fonts) reveals that they were individually printed on a blank sheet before they were cut, with no adjacent words or lettering anywhere around them. See more
So far, sir, we don't have a thing.
Well, that's heartening.
Officially, that is.
Unofficially, we don't have anything either.
This Old Man
Traditional children's song hummed by Jackie Cooper before TV commercial. See more