Graham McVeigh has had it with his ne'er-do-well brother Teddy who is a degenerate gambler and is in serious debt to his bookie Bruno Romano. He develops an elaborate plan to eliminate both of them by first having Teddy suffer a large loss at the track - Graham drugs his own horse, a sure winner, so it loses - and then framing Bruno for his Teddy's murder. He then arranges for Bruno to come to his house, ostensibly to collect Teddy's losses. He then kills Bruno and claims self defense. Lt. Colombo begins to find a number of anomalies that he simply cannot explained including mice in a restaurant bathroom. He's pretty certain Graham is responsible for both murders but he will need some assistance in order to get a confession out of him. Written by
Did You Know?
Columbo complains about the 'clams' he ate the evening before - and is offered 'vongele' by Rod Steiger. This is a direct reference to Rod Steiger's comments in "W C Fields & Me". He always blames 'bad clams' for leaving any production featuring Charlie Chaplin. See more
When Lt. Columbo is searching the car containing Teddy McVeigh's body, you can very clearly see the murder victim is breathing. See more
I'll give you a choice. You can walk outta here and never come back, keep your mouth shut; the other choice, I don't think I have to go into a bunch of detail about.
You're not gonna kill a police officer?
Wouldn't be the first time.
[after long, pensive stares at McVeigh and Fortelli, Columbo turns and heads out
For God's sake!
[Stopping and turning around
I'm sorry sir. They don't pay me enough for this kind of stuff.
This Old Man
Traditional children's song See more