Columbo (1971–2003)
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The Greenhouse Jungle 

Columbo arrives at a kidnapping case, which at some point turns to worse. Everything seems to be related to a trust fund managed by a man with a great love for orchids.


Boris Sagal


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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Falk ... Columbo
Ray Milland ... Jarvis Goodland
Bob Dishy ... Sergeant Frederic Wilson
Sandra Smith Sandra Smith ... Cathy Goodland
Bradford Dillman ... Tony Goodland
William Smith ... Ken Nichols
Arlene Martel ... Gloria West
Robert Karnes ... Grover
Milton Frome ... Driver
Peggy Mondo Peggy Mondo ... Woman
Richard Annis Richard Annis ... Officer
Larry Watson Larry Watson ... Sound Man


A horticulturist and his nephew take part in a fake kidnapping scheme so the nephew can break into his trust fund in order to win back his cheating wife. But once the money is accessed, the horticulturist decides he wants all the trust money for himself so to make a legitimate claim, he kills his nephew.

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Release Date:

15 October 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blumen des Bösen See more »

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Did You Know?


Robert Karnes, who plays Sergeant Grover in this episode plays Sergeant Vernon in the Season 3 episode "Candidate for Crime". See more »


When Columbo sits on the sofa with Gloria, his hand inexplicably winds up against his head. See more »


Columbo: Listen, if I arrested everybody with an unregistered weapon in Los Angeles, believe me, I'd have half the population in jail.
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Referenced in The Six Million Dollar Man: Population: Zero (1974) See more »

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Reasonably originally-plotted and above-average entry in the series
24 September 2005 | by The Welsh Raging BullSee all my reviews

Stemming from an enjoyably sarcastic, no-nonsense characterisation and a hammy performance from Ray Milland as the murderer and a plot which is reasonably fresh and original, this second season episode is deceptively entertaining.

Perhaps there is too much focus on the secondary characters, especially Sergeant Wilson (who is assigned to the case to help Columbo and who would make a further appearance in the series some 4 years later in "Now you see Him"), but it is not burdensome in the extreme and there are some typically choice moments of humour - nb: Columbo's fall after trying to negotiate his way down a steep hill.

Certainly not as intelligently conceived and executed as the vintage episodes in the series; the pacing is more playful than frenetic and the scenes between Falk and Milland are too few and far between. Nonetheless, above-average stuff and pleasing viewing.

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