Nelson Hayward is running for the senate as a man tough on crime. His dictatorial campaign manager, Harry Stone, orders the candidate dump his mistress, backing up his demand with threats to expose the politician's shady past. Stone little guesses that his own publicity-minded lie about anonymous killers threatening the politician's life will lead Hayward to murder him and blame it on the invented assailants. Hayward sets up a tricky alibi for himself around a surprise birthday party for his wife. No one suspects the clever deception except that annoyingly observant Italian-American cop in the rumpled raincoat - the redoubtable Lt. Columbo.
J. Spurlin / revised by statmanjeff
Did You Know?
Robert Karnes, who plays Sergeant Vernon in this episode, plays Sergeant Grover in the Season 2 episode "The Greenhouse Jungle". See more
Haywood puts the gun in the briefcase and turns the tumblers to lock it, but later he takes the briefcase out of the safe and the briefcase is not locked. See more
Someone is trying to kill me. Now, that is a fact, isn't it? I don't know what the police are up to. Harry was killed driving my car in my clothes and in my garage. Do I have to get gunned down in the streets before anybody believes it?
Referenced in Columbo: Publish or Perish
La Dona e Mobile
(from the opera "Rigoletto")
Composed by Giuseppe Verdi See more