Oscar Finch is a professional lawyer, who uses illegal and underhanded methods to get his clients off, like coercing young men into destroying evidence, like Paul Mackey who worked for the D.A.'s office twenty years ago and whom he bribed into destroying some evidence against a client of his. Today they are joined at the hip and Mackey is a congressman and who has been asked by the Governor who is running for president to be his vice president. Finch hopes that this will mean a cabinet position for him. Finch is then contacted by Frank Staplin, the client that Mackey helped get off twenty years ago. Now unless Finch helps Frank again, he will tell everyone that Finch and Mackey were the ones who helped him avoid prosecution twenty years ago. Finch then kills him and makes it look like a suicide. But a few inconsistencies lead Lt. Columbo to believe that it was not and the fact that Staplin made a few phone calls to Finch before he died leads Columbo to see him.
Did You Know?
When Finch shoots Staplin, he is standing around 1.5m to the left of him. However, he then proceeds to place the gun in Staplin's right hand, and he is never seen moving the spent cartridge case. The entry wound on Franklin's left temple and the cartridge case laying somewhere to his left would have made clear at the first glance that it could not have been suicide. See more
[Standing beside Oscar Finch's car; Finch is sitting in the driver's seat
That's very good. We cleared that one up very easily. And I'm happy about it, because that was one of the few loose ends I was still having trouble with. You know what, sir? We did it in 72 seconds. How's that for problem-solving?
Any more questions?
I can't think of one at the moment. Except, why aren't you on your way to court?
That's a good one!
[Drives off, abruptly
References Singin' in the Rain
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