America’s favorite detective never fails to catch the no-good criminal. In the episode “Greenhouse Jungle” from season 2, a sneaky green thumb almost gets away with murder until Columbo appears.
Mr. Goodland almost succeeds in allowing someone else to take the fall for a crime that he committed. However, Columbo’s attention to detail reveals a piece of evidence that shocks the villain.
Gathering everyone to Mr. Goodland’s greenhouse in the small hours of the morning, Columbo receives ballistics reports that clinch the charges against Mr. Goodland. There were only two bullets, so why are there three reports?
The first two bullets matched the crime scene, as well as the gun that was found in an innocent woman’s house. The other detectives assumed it was a cut and dry case, but not Columbo.
Columbo went searching in Mr. Goodland’s greenhouse, armed with a metal detector, to find a missing bullet from a foiled robbery that Mr. Goodland had mentioned had taken place months before.
When the ballistics report came back on that bullet Columbo found buried in the dirt, it too matched the gun used at the crime scene! All evidence pointed to Mr. Goodland, and he was taken away in handcuffs.
Ever the gentleman, Columbo offers to give the innocent woman a ride home, but not before forgetting to grab his wife’s African violet. He would be in big trouble if he came home without that!