Dr. Eric Mason is a self-controlled man who teaches how to get control over one's own life. Six months earlier, his wife died suddenly in an inexplicable car accident. Now his best friend, Dr. Charles Hunter, dies when Eric's two Doberman pinschers, Laurel and Hardy, suddenly tear him apart in Eric's kitchen while Eric is away. Lt. Columbo love dogs and needs to figure out what happened before Laurel and Hardy are put down and Dr. Mason gets away with murder. Written by
Baldinotto da Pistoia / revised by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
The word "Rosebud", in reference to the sled in Citizen Kane (1941), is used as an important plot element in the episode. Kim Cattrall, who plays the girl who discovers the murder victim, made her film debut in the movie Rosebud (1975), where a yacht named after the same sled serves as the movie's setting. See more
Columbo seemingly smokes magical cigars. Between camera cuts, they change length, hands, and adjust themselves by manner in which they're held. At several points (17:09, 17:22, 17:35, 17:53, and 18:00 into the film) it's doubtful but possible that Columbo switches his cigar from one hand to the other while the camera cuts over to Dr. Mason for a moment - unlikely but possible - but the most blatant switch comes at 18:18 as Columbo says "I almost forgot." His right hand, holding his cigar, touches his forehead. In the next shot, his right hand still touches his forehead, but his cigar has jumped to his left hand. See more
Well, listen, you're only a dog. You're not a college professor.
References Two-Fisted Law
This Old Man
Traditional English children's marching song
Whistled by Peter Falk See more