Before reading this understand I was very confused during this episode and a lot of it didn’t make sense to me. Anyway it starts with some foreigners burning some documents and planting a bomb in the office of an embassy of a Middle Eastern nation that may or may not be called Sauri. They then call in a security chief and kill him. The ringleader of this little plot is Salah, he’s tricked Habib into helping him by lying about things.
Columbo shows up at 7 minutes and 5 seconds to investigate the murder. It seems like some kind of political intrigue, is it? Your guess is as good as mine. Salah kills Habib and makes him look like a traitor. Columbo senses that something is wrong because Habib is wearing contact lenses and spectacles and that just seems mental.
Later on Salah watches the king get on a plane. Then he goes back to the embassy and goads Columbo. Columbo admits defeat and Salah admits the murders, mocking Columbo because he’s got diplomatic immunity. But ah, the king is actually waiting outside and is going to take him back to Sauri for some Saurian justice. He decides he’d rather take LA justice and offers to confess. Columbo already has a confession ready for him to sign in his pocket. Pretty excellent columboid.
Things we learn about Columbo: his brother in law is a waiter.
During this episode I contemplated my broken heart.