After her ex-boyfriend, mobster Tony Galper, dies in an accident in her home, Vanessa turns to club owner Justin Prince to help her out. He disposes of the body for her but unknown to him, tabloid photographer Linwood Coben secretly photographed him getting rid of the body. He tells Prince he can have the negatives and prints for $250,000 and Prince agrees to pay him. They meet that evening but Prince has every intention of killing him, making it look like Coben committed suicide. Reviewing the crime scene, Colombo immediately has his doubts about the suicide. To solve Coben's murder however, he will also have to solve what happened to Galper.
Did You Know?
The music playing in the club is The Crystal Method - two tracks from their album "Tweekend." As Justin heads through the crowd to meet the photographer outside, the DJ is playing "Wild, Sweet and Cool." After the meeting, Justin walks back into the club and the music is now the track "Roll It Up." "Wild, Sweet and Cool" is then used again at the end of the murder. See more
When Freddie the Messenger confronts Lt. Columbo while seated in his car, they have a short conversation, then he presents Columbo with his Mafia business card, but the printed title on the card is all wrong. It reads COPO TUTTI DE COPO which has no meaning. The correct and very common expression in the underworld is Capo di tutti Capi, which means Boss of all Bosses. See more
Lieutenant, this is ridiculous, even for you!
Yeah, but I'm not finished yet.
Referenced in Book of the Senseless