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.
Did You Know?
When they first meet in the amusement park, Brenner (Patrick McGoohan
) asks Geronimo/ Henderson (Leslie Nielsen
) how he got away from the Tupamaro. The Tupamaro were a real left-wing terrorist organization active in Uruguay in the '60s and '70s. Among other crimes, they carried out bomb attacks, murdered FBI agent Dan Mitrione, and kidnapped the then British Ambassador to Uruguay Geoffrey Jackson. One of its membersh (Pepe Mujica
) went on to be democratically elected president of Uruguay in 2009 after serving 14 years in prison. See more
When Columbo checks with the photo booth regarding identifying photos, he is shown color Polaroid prints from a pack-film camera and is told they have the negatives as well. The only Polaroid packs which produce a printable negative are in B&W (and the negatives he is shown are indeed B&W). See more
Would you like to hear something funny?
I'd love to.
Today, the Chinese, they changed their minds.
Did they, again?
They're back in the Games.
In the Games. Mahjong.
References Secret Agent X-9
Un bel di vedremo
from Madama Butterfly
Composed by Giacomo Puccini
Heard over the End Credits See more