Dr Eric Mason is some kind of motivational speaker quack. He has Citizen Kane’s sled and dogs named Laurel and Hardy that will maul a dummy when a phone rings and someone says ‘Rosebud’. His wife is dead, he killed her because she was having an affair with his best friend Charlie. Now it’s Charlie’s time to die.
Under false tennis pretences he gets Charlie round his house. He’s not there though. He’s at the doctors. When the doctor leaves for a couple of minutes Eric calls his own house, Charlie answers, is tricked into saying ‘Rosebud’ and is savaged to death by a massive pair of Dobermans.
Columbo shows at 10 minutes and 17 seconds. He’s very impressed with Mason’s collection of Hollywood memorabilia. Mason’s dogs are confiscated but Columbo won’t let them be ‘destroyed’ as he knows they’re the key to the mystery.
Columbo goads Mason into confessing by calling him incompetent.
Things we learn about Columbo: he thinks W.C. Fields was a genius, he likes hot chocolate, he enjoys playing pool but rarely gets to play it, his wife is alone a lot because he works nights so he’s training their dog to be a guide dog.
I was consumed with illness during this episode.