Santini is a sly looking magician. His manager Jerome is sweaty and takes a hefty percentage of Santini’s hard earned magic money. Santini isn’t too happy with this but as he used to be in the SS and only Jerome knows about it there’s not much he can do. Except kill him of course. Santini’s glamorous assistant is his own daughter and he watches her making out with a guy backstage for a bit too long… He goes on stage and does a bit of magic. While he’s pretending to be locked in a metal box submerged in water he sneaks out, dresses like a waiter, puts on a fake moustache and hair piece, sets up some audio equipment in his dressing room, hangs about the kitchen, plays a trick on a waiter with the audio equipment and a skull, picks the lock of Jerome’s office door, shoots Jerome, clears away any incriminating evidence, phones the kitchen and then re-appears onstage in a tuxedo. He does all this in 9 minutes.
Columbo is on the scene at 22 minutes and 27 seconds and he has a new coat! Because of this, this episode is unofficially known as ‘The New Coat episode’. Throughout this episode Columbo tries continually to lose this new coat, as he hates it with stoic intensity. The columboid is a fancy ball typewriter.
Things we learn about Columbo: he has small hands and he plays cards down at the station.
During this episode my bunions really ached.