The `negative reaction'

Let us summarize what happens in the last scene of the episode. But according to Columbo and his three colleagues, as well as to any TV-watcher, the full action incriminates him. [Finally, although the confession is irrelevant here, he realizes his mistake and his loss - murderers in the Columbo series have usually some dignity.]

Figure: Final photogram of Negative Reaction. The incriminating camera is on the desk. The remaining twelve are in the shelf just behind Columbo's head. Desk and floor are full of the bits and pieces of the newspaper from which the lieutenant tried to reproduce the kidnapper's note.

Giulio D'Agostini 2010-09-30