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?


The car that can be seen through out the episode is a 1962 Bentley S2 Continental. See more »


When Columbo is talking to Jarvis Goodland in the latter's pool room, the position of the balls on the table changes noticeably between the first view of the table and the view just as/before Columbo starts shooting balls. See more »


Jarvis Goodland: Well, I must say, Catherine, our kidnapper, whoever he is, is certainly no piker. To demand a ransom of $300,000... Why, I'll wager, a week here and there, even YOU don't spend that sort of money.
Cathy Goodland: Don't you ever stop, Jarvis?
Jarvis Goodland: However, leaving our personal affection aside, you must realize that my situation is such that even I couldn't pour even the smallest drop into such a huge bucket - even though I'm not a weakling with a spendthrift wife.
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Referenced in The Six Million Dollar Man: Population: Zero (1974) See more »

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The Nephew
20 February 2016 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Ray Milland returns to the series, this time playing Orchid collecting Jarvis Goodland, who concocts a phony kidnapping scheme involving his weak nephew Tony(played by Bradford Dillman) in order to raise $300,000 from a Trust Fund that can only be broken under extreme circumstances that must be proved to the bank. Once this is accomplished, Jarvis disposes of his nephew in order to keep the money for himself, but that only further convinces Lt. Columbo(Peter Falk) that there was no kidnapping, and trying to prove it may require him to literally dig in the garden dirt... First of two appearances of Sergeant Wilson(Bob Dishy) in reasonably good episode.

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