Ruth Gordon (Maude from Harold and Maude!) is Abigail Mitchell, a best selling murder mystery novelist. Her beloved niece Phyllis is dead and Abigail suspects Phyllis’s slick husband Edmund killed her. She tells him he’ll inherit her vast fortune when she dies and then tricks him into getting into her massive air tight safe. She locks the safe and then sets off on a trip. Columbo shows up at 18 minutes and 14 seconds. He gets on well with Abigail and is forced to observe that sometimes he likes and respects murderers. She is, indeed, the nicest murderer I’ve ever encountered. But Columbo is very professional in his work and therefore, he has to arrest her. I felt kind of sad about it.
Things we learn about Columbo: he’s read every Abigail Mitchell novel, he takes three lumps of sugar in his tea, his parents are dead, his dog loves the ocean and he can still remember the only new car his father ever owned.
During this episode I tumble dried some pyjamas.