Private investigator Brimmer is test-firing a gun at a firing range. Once he finishes, he leave with his underlings, who report to him the status on his company's current cases. Brimmer goes to his office and prepares for a meeting with one of his clients, newspaper owner Arthur Kennicutt. While he waits, Brimmer contacts a woman in the next room and tells her to listen in carefully. When Kennicutt arrives, Brimmer tells Kennicutt that he's kept his wife Lenore under surveillance for the last five weeks, per his request. He assures Kennicutt that Lenore has been faithful to him. Kennicutt is surprised, but admits that he's angry at himself for marrying a younger woman and becoming paranoid...Read the full recap
Columbo: (taking a golf lesson with a suspect) Listen, can I help you out? Don't say anything else. You don't have an attorney. Wait until you get an attorney. This way you can hurt your case. Believe me, I know something about my business. I don't know nothing about golf, you know. See, that's your business. I know something about my business. And believe me, you know, down through the years, uh, you get so that you, uh, you develop a nose for things, you see, and, uh, (makes a perfect swing) after a while, the ol' nose just tells you when someone is not giving you the truth. Now, uh, I'm gonna forget about the lesson because I could never learn this game, but I'll be back to talk to you.
Columbo: Isn't that weird? What a coincidence!
Investigator Brimmer: What's that?
Columbo: Here a moment ago we were talking about left-handed people and you're left-handed.
Investigator Brimmer: You're a very observant man, Lieutenant.
Columbo: That's not what my wife says, sir.
Columbo: I was just wondering, because your beach house and his beach house, they're fairly close, aren't they?
Investigator Brimmer: No. It's a couple of miles.
Columbo: That close. Isn't that a coincidence? I'll tell ya, this case is just full of 'em.
Investigator Brimmer: Lieutenant, you have a marvelously convoluted mind.
Columbo: You know what it was that really made up my mind?
Investigator Brimmer: What was that?
Columbo: The Kennicutt case. I don't want to give up working on it just now. Not when I'm so close to a solution.
Investigator Brimmer: Well, uh, you want to let me in on it?
Columbo: Oh, certainly. Don't worry. You'll be the first to know. Good night.
Arthur Kennicutt: What would you have done if the car hadn't broken down? You couldn't set up this trap.
Columbo: Well, I guess we would have found some other way. You know what this place reminds me of, just seeing all these cars? You know, in our neighborhood we had a bunch of jokers. I mean we were a real loud bunch of guys and we figured out a perfect way to put a car out of commission. You take a potato, you stick it in the exhaust pipe. Doesn't cause any damage but the car won't start. It was a terrible thing to do. And I got a feeling that the reason I became a cop was to make up for all those jokes I played when I was a kid.