General Hollister’s construction company is involved in some kind of illegality, rather than let Colonel Dutton blow the whistle on him he just shoots him dead. Unfortunately for Hollister he shoots him in front of the window and a scatty woman on a boat witnesses it. Columbo shows up at 10 minutes and 38 seconds. Hollister has hidden the body and the only witness was a bit boozed up but Columbo knows something isn’t right, especially when Hollister starts to woo witness Helen (an excellent lonely divorcee, bullied by her mother). Hollister describes Columbo as looking like ‘an unmade bed’. There’s no columboid to speak of in this episode, Hollister basically just admits he did it. I think he was tired.
In this episode we learn that Columbo has a niece who may be called Cynthia or may be called Marilyn, he gets seasick, he has a brother in law called George and is an early bird. He also eats a bowl of chilli at Bert’s Beanery.
During this episode I drank a pint of lemonade.