I think it's a matter of, as Columbo said in a much later episode, "following my nose."
Rumford was clearly obsessed with the cider, and so Columbo thought it was important.
But let's get it right, it's "the ee-looooo-sive cider." :smile:
Nobody in the entire series says certain lines the way that Patrick mcGoohan does. Several years ago I put up a post of some of my favorite mcGooohan quotes. I should try and see if I can resurrect that post somehow but it was a long time ago.
Here you go Fred.
Thanks for the link and the trip down memory lane.