Steven Bochco originally wrote this script in 1973 for the third season but it was not made because Peter Falk felt the villain was not interesting enough. A few years later, Bochco used the story for a 1977 episode of McMillan & Wife (1971). Falk apparently changed his mind by the time this episode was filmed.
Nancy Walker appeared as herself in this Columbo. At one point Lt. Columbo recognizes her as the actress from the "Rock Hudson Show", a reference to McMillan & Wife (1971), a series that she regularly appeared in, and an episode of which contained the original version of this Columbo story.