With his rumpled raincoat, ever-present cigar, bumbling demeanour and Sherlock Holmesian powers of deduction, disarmingly polite homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo took on some of the most cunning murderers in Los Angeles, most of whom made one fatal, irrevocable mistake: underestimating his investigative genius.
In which Eddie Albert (Oklahoma!, Dreamscape, Green Acres) is a charismatic general who shoots a military contractor, and Suzanne Pleshette (The Bob Newhart Show, The Birds) is the sole witness. Boating ensues.
When the CEO of a private detective agency threatens the wife of a publisher with blackmail and she threatens to expose him, he accidentally kills her.
A member of a mystery-writing team goes missing under mysterious circumstances. Directed by Stephen Spielberg. In 1997 TV Guide ranked this episode number 16 on its '100 Greatest Episodes of All Time' list.