Paul Gerard is a famous gourmet and his books about restaurants can decide the fate of a chef. In his way, Paul is a very powerful man. But Paul is threatened by Vittorio Rossi, the proprietor of a renowned restaurant and one night, after a fight with Paul, Rossi is poisoned by a bottle of wine he himself had uncorked. Lt. Columbo begins to investigate and we have no doubt that, between a steak and a Chinese dish, he will find out who killed Rossi, his motive and the way he did it. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia
Did You Know?
In this episode Columbo admits that his wife is a lousy cook. See more
Mr. Gerard first refers to Mary Choy's restaurant as "The House of Choy" when Columbo asks him about her name appearing in Vittorio's date-book. But later, Columbo meets with bankers over coffee cake, and Mary Choy's restaurant is referred to as "The House of Shanghai". See more
[referring to Vittorio's death
Albert, can all this be true?
Mr. Gerard, Vittorio was a fine man. You're a food critic, great critic. I'm a simple chef. But I'm sure I speak for chefs everywhere when I say I wish it was you dead in there.
This Old Man
Traditional children's marching song.
Heard on sountrack during two restaurant scenes and whistled by Peter Falk. See more