Viveca Scott runs Beauty Mark, the cosmetics company whose products are in every woman's home. With sales dropping, she's counting on the miraculous new beauty cream created by her chief chemist to boost sales and overtake her rival, David Lang, but the chemist's assistant steals the formula. Scott attempts to negotiate with him but, in a rage, knocks him over the head with a heavy microscope, killing him. Her rival's secretary finds out and attempts to blackmail her, but the cosmetics queen's worst news is that the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo is on the case. Written by
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Actor David Toma, who plays a police officer in this episode, was a real policeman and had a TV series (TOMA) named after him. See more
When Karl arrives home he looks into a microscope. There is a brief shot of the slide he is looking at and the microscope light is obviously on (otherwise wouldn't be able to see the cells on the slide). He then hears a noise and goes off to investigate (finding Vivica in the kitchen). Later when Vivica grabs the microscope to hit Karl with, she lifts hit high over her head and then hits Karl. The microscope has no plug attached to it and so was never plugged in, so the light could not have been on. See more
Gee whiz, you'd think that they were building secret weapons around here.
Why, we're not?
The Girl from Ipamnema
("Garota de Ipanema") (uncredited)
Music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
Portugese lyrics by Vinicius de Moraes
English lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Toned down instrumental version played at fashion show See more