Season 3 Episode 5

Publish or Perish

Aired Unknown Jan 18, 1974 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Columbo is suggesting to publisher Riley Greenleaf (Jack Cassidy) that he might try his hand at writing. He refers to "a guy down at the department, -wrote a couple o' books, -maybe you heard o' him, -what's his name?". This reference, of course, is to Joseph Wambaugh, who by the time this episode was shot had written the novels "The New Centurions" and "The Blue Knight". Wambaugh would go on to write many more novels, including "The Choirboys" and "The Onion Field."

  • Quotes

    • Columbo: In this synopsis which you gave me which you claim Eddie Kane wrote nine months ago, the hero saves his men and he goes off to live in a monastery. I hate to tell you this, sir. There is no way that Eddie Kane could have had that idea. It wasn't even Allen Mallory's. It was given to him by his agent Miss McRae. And for the life of me I cannot figure out how Eddie Kane could have written an ending nine months ago that was only invented last week.

    • Columbo: For $100,000 you don't kill off Rock Hudson.

    • Columbo: He's involving you in murder. Was that part of the deal?

    • (Waiter hands Columbo a check)
      Columbo: $6.00? Excuse me, uh, no, I think there's a mistake. I had the chili and the iced tea.
      Waiter: Oh. (adjusts figure)
      Columbo: $6.75?!
      Waiter: I forgot the iced tea.

    • Eddie Kane: Oh hey, I made some drawings today for a chapter on Bouncing Betties. You did find them?
      Greenleaf: What's a Bouncing Betty?
      Eddie Kane: Antipersonnel mine. You gotta really plant these things just right. Now you see, you lay it down six inches, no more, and you leave the pressure plate with just about a half inch of dirt and leaves and the guy steps on it. Whammo! You get the legs! It's beautiful.
      Greenleaf: (looking at Kane like he's nuts) Oh yeah, that's, that's beautiful.

    • (Intercom buzzes)
      Riley Greenleaf: Yes, Betsy?
      Receptionist: Mr. Greenleaf, there's a strange man wondering around the editorial section. I thought you should know.
      Greenleaf: Well, what do you want me to do? If you want to get rid of him call the police.
      Receptionist: That's just it, sir. He says he IS the police.

    • Columbo: Oh Mr. Chase! Uh, one thing. About that accident, do you happen to know who else was involved?
      David Chase: It's a couple from Del Monte. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan. Why?
      Columbo: Well, you see, I didn't know, uh, I just wasn't sure whether it was just one person in the other car or whether there was more than one and, uh, when, uh (looks over at Greenleaf) You know, I was just telling your attorney that I wasn't sure whether there was just one person in the other car or whether there was more than one and when you said that you were relieved that THOSE people, more than one, that those people called your insurance man I thought maybe the blackout was starting to clear up and you were beginning to remember what happened.
      David Chase: Perhaps he is. Subconsciously.
      Columbo: That's probably it. His subconscious.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The Senatorial candidate that Columbo refers to in this episode was obviously Nelson Hayward from episode #20, "Candidate for Crime"

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