Nelson Brenner, a top CIA operative, is really a double agent who finds it necessary to rid himself of a fellow spy and make it look like a mugging. Brenner inadvertently leaves tiny clues in a photo shop at a carnival, on Henderson's corpse at the beach, in a tape recording he makes while in his Agency-approved identity as a speech-writing consultant - the kind of clues that no one would ever pick up on. No one, that is, except the rumpled, redoubtable Lt. Columbo. The indefatigable detective will find himself followed by mysterious agents, visited by the top man himself and entertained with a recording of "Madame Butterfly" in Brenner's own mansion before solving this difficult case.
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Columbo confirms his dog (who has taken up swimming in the mornings) is called Dog. See more
Columbo visits Brenner in his house and the two are seated on the patio. Just before Columbo leaves, Brenner holds a matchbox in his left hand and taps it with the fingers of his right hand. When they shake hands the matchbox is lying on the table. Then Brennan tells Columbo that he would show him out and he still has the matchbox in his left hand tapping it with the fingers of the right hand. See more
Lieutenant, I think that I should warn you that I am not an unworldly man. I have powerful and important friends, even in the police department. I respectfully request... that you do not... harass me.
References The Prisoner
Un bel di vedremo
from Madama Butterfly
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Heard over the End Credits See more