Famed matador Luis Montoya is a national hero in Mexico. His ego cannot countenance any blemish on his reputation; so, when one of his best friends witnesses an event that could shatter that reputation and tries to leave Montoya's sphere of influence, the bullfighter acts quickly and decisively with a clever murder. Unfortunately for him, Lieutenant Columbo finds himself stuck in Mexico, and local police ask him to assist in the investigation. Columbo quickly finds that he must take the bull by the horns if he wants to take down a legend like Montoya. Written by
Did You Know?
In the beginning of the episode, Ricardo Montalban
who plays Louis Montoya is watching what is supposed to be an old clip of himself as a young matador. The clip he is watching is actually from the movie Santa
(1943) in which Montalban plays a bullfighter. See more
When Columbo discusses his findings with Commandante Sanchez on the market square whilst an orchestra is playing, a policeman in the background disappears and reappears in the same pose. See more
Is that the autopsy?
That's the weather report.
[trying to read it
It's in Spanish.
Yes, I know that. The people at the weather bureau speak it very well.
References Columbo: Troubled Waters