Season 2 Episode 1

Etude in Black

Aired Unknown Sep 17, 1972 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Columbo: (looks at film, calling to projectionist) Freeze! (points to screen) There's the flower! Now that's plain as day! Where did it come from?
      Benedict: I don't know. What difference does it make?
      Columbo: Well, on the tape at the concert you weren't wearing a flower. Now on this film coming out of Miss Welles's apartment, you have a flower. Where did it come from?
      Benedict: Are you actually trying to pin this murder on me with, with that?
      Columbo: Yes.

    • Columbo: Anyway, what I was going to ask you is this- How much do you make?

      Alex Benedict: I think that is very impertinent, how much do I make.

      Columbo: Tours?

      Benedict: I don't know.

      Columbo: Concerts?

      Benedict: I don't know.

      Columbo: Publishing?

      Benedict: I don't know.

      Columbo: Well, et cetera, et cetera. I make $11,000 a year. I got $750,000 for the house, $8,000 in taxes, 200 in furniture. How much help do you have?

      Benedict: I have five including the gardener.

      Columbo: You got that and the money plus, plus, plus. 11,000 times 10 years, 110,000. 110,000 times 100 years is 1.1 million. Well, let's say 900,000. That's 90 years work for me just to live here, without eating.

    • Columbo: Listen Paul, do you happen to know the name of the other guy?

      Paul Rifkin: I never asked.

      Columbo: Oh, sure. I mean, why would a guy ask his girl the name of the other man.

    • Columbo: Oh, listen, just one more thing. I know you don't agree but at least I've convinced my superiors that Jenifer Welles was murdered. It was not a suicide and they've officially assigned me to the case. That's my specialty, you know. Homicide.

    • Columbo: I happened to be in the neighborhood today. That's not true. I really came out here to see you. I don't want to appear presumptious.

    • Columbo: I can't imagine anyone murdering themselves, especially a young girl like that. Beautiful eyes. But that's me. I'd like to see everyone die of old age.

  • Notes

    • Myrna Loy is credited as Special Guest Star.

    • The name of Anjanette Comer's character, Jenifer Welles, is the same as that of an adult film star popular at the time this episode was filmed, namely, Jennifer Welles. Perhaps the unusual spelling of "Jenifer", was used to avoid direct association with the real life Miss Welles when this fact became apparent.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Dog, Columbo's basset hound. He was introduced after the network insisted the show have another continuing character. Instead of a police sidekick, Levinson and Link decided to bring in a dog that didn't really do anything.

    • 120 minute episode. Originally this was written by Stephen Bochco as a 90-minute episode and Dean Hargrove re-wrote it for a 120-minute timeslot. Bochco never liked the extended version. The original 90-minute version was broadcast only in Canada.

    • Blythe Danner (Janice Benedict) was five months pregnant with her daughter, Academy Award winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, during the filming of this episode.

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