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 "A Matter of Honor", Columbo talks about Columbo: Troubled Waters
(1975) with the local police chief in Mexico, referring to it modestly as the time he got seasick. Columbo learns that the case has made him a hero in Mexico, where all of the newspapers reported how he solved the murder at sea. Columbo's fame from "Troubled Waters" is probably what saves him from getting his car permanently confiscated after his traffic accident in "A Matter of Honor". See more
When the police officer opens Columbo's badge wallet one can see the ID card contains an image of an actual LAPD badge with the word "Sergeant" and a number printed. However the word Lieutenant appears at the bottom of the card. The metal badge in the wallet is neither a LAPD badge or in the LAPD badge style and the numbers on it do not match the badge image on the ID card. See more
Montoya must have a motive.
Yes, every man has a motive.