Dick Van Dyke is Paul Gales, a top photographer with a hot assistant. He really wants to go to the Philippines with her. Unfortunately Paul has a wife. She is posh, drunk and quite horrible. She makes him angry. He takes her to an abandoned cabin, ties her to a chair and takes a takes a picture of her next to a clock telling the wrong time. Then he shoots her. He’s also been paying an ex-con to look at real estate. He meets up with the con shoots him and shoots himself in the knee. It’s a convoluted plan involving a fake kidnap set up. Dick is dead smug.
Columbo shows up at 20 minutes and 27 seconds. He feigns an interest in photography to annoy Dick Van Dyke and catches him out before he can go to the Philippines with the assistant.
Things we learn about Columbo: He’s had his coat for 7 years, his dog is in love with the cocker spaniel next door and he took pictures at his cousin’s wedding but they were awful.
During this episode I put on green socks.