After her ex-boyfriend, mobster Tony Galper, dies in an accident in her home, Vanessa turns to club owner Justin Prince to help her out. He disposes of the body for her but unknown to him, tabloid photographer Linwood Coben secretly photographed him getting rid of the body. He tells Prince he can have the negatives and prints for $250,000 and Prince agrees to pay him. They meet that evening but Prince has every intention of killing him, making it look like Coben committed suicide. Reviewing the crime scene, Colombo immediately has his doubts about the suicide. To solve Coben's murder however, he will also have to solve what happened to Galper. Written by
Did You Know?
Both actor Matthew Rhys who plays the murderer, and Peter Falk starred together in the BBC 1 TV adaptation of The Lost World in 2001. Released two years prior to this episode. Interesting though is that Peter Falk played a fanatical religious man and potential murderer in that production opposite Rhys' heroic nice guy. See more
When Freddie the Messenger confronts Lt. Columbo while seated in his car, they have a short conversation, then he presents Columbo with his Mafia business card, but the printed title on the card is all wrong. It reads COPO TUTTI DE COPO which has no meaning. The correct and very common expression in the underworld is Capo di tutti Capi, which means Boss of all Bosses. See more
What are these fish called again?
Koi! Magnificent creatures.