Roddy McDowell is Roger, some kind of unhinged, hippy scientist who kills his uncle David because he’s trying to force him to give up his shares in the family chemical company. Roger plants a bomb in a cigar box and blows up David’s car. David is in the car at the time and so is killed. Columbo appears at 18 minutes and 37 seconds. Roddy McDowell picks silly string from Columbo’s hair. It’s quite, quite beautiful. The columboid involves Roger being trapped in a cable car with Columbo and a fake cigar box bomb.
In this episode we learn that Columbo doesn’t like heights, his wife has a kid brother, he isn’t good at chemistry and took wood shop instead and that his wife does the taxes.
During this episode I painted my nails coral. That’s a kind of orangey red colour.