A famous retired matador learns that his long-time friend and book-keeper plans to retire after he & the matador bear witness to a horiffic attack on the book-keeper's son by a bull at a recent tournament, and that the matador had shown fear which would destroy his reputation for bravery. Fearing the book-keeper could expose this revelation to his thousands of fans, the matador gets rid of him by luring him into the practice ring at his ranch, shooting him with a poisoned tranquiliser dart and then setting his pet bull on him. Columbo who's coincidentally on a family holiday in Mexico, is asked for his assistance in the investigation by the country's Chief of Police.
Did You Know?
In the beginning of the episode, Ricardo Montalban
who plays Louis Montoya is watching what is supposed to be an old clip of himself as a young matador. The clip he is watching is actually from the movie Santa
(1943) in which Montalban plays a bullfighter. See more
When Hector is tranquilized, he is only 5-ft. away from the back wall, but in the next camera shot when Luis crosses the bullring to release the bull, Hector is 20-ft. or more away from the back wall toward the center of the enclosure. See more
May I ask you a personal question, sir?
Oh, by all means.
Did you injure your leg in the bullring?
On the Plaza Del Toros, Mexico. It was the wound that ended my career. And, ironically, it wasn't even the bull I was supposed to fight. You see, I was appearing mano a mano with a young matador who froze, and the bull gored him. I jumped to his rescue, and I, too, was gored. Badly. Here. They tried to take me to the infirmary along with the young matador, but I refused to go. Despite the...
References Columbo: Troubled Waters