Unusually we hear Columbo immediately and then see him soon afterwards at 0 minutes and 19 seconds, record? I think so. He’s involved in a minor car accident, hurts his neck and has to wear a neck brace. On to the dirty murder business…. Kay Freestone is an executive assistant at a top TV network. She’s having an affair with Mark and when he’s promoted she expects to fill his place but he just gives her a new car and dumps her. Before he can take up his new position she sneaks out of a projection booth and shoots him.
Columbo comes back onto the scene and has an electrifying sexual chemistry with Kay. She tells him he’s attractive without his neck brace. It’s all very sexy. Despite a certain amount of sympathy on Columbo’s part and all the sexiness he still has to catch her and he does so with an excellent projection columboid.
Things we learn about Columbo: as a youngster he liked to put on his father’s glasses to feel grown up, he used to build model aeroplanes as a kid, his 15 year old nephew makes 8mm movies, his brother in law has a back problem and he doesn’t watch TV because he has to work nights.
During this episode I experienced a mild sense of panic.