She also shows a pretty big ego, partly in a harmless way and partly in a way that can bother you just a little.
When she says the plane might wait for HER, that's in the first area (for me).
When she says "My father never owned a car till I bought him one," I sort of find it touching and sort of don't.
Abigail is no match for Columbo, and from the very beginning (see, “Oh no m’am, this wasn’t an accident”). So while the tension is weak, the interaction between them is well-done and quite entertaining. That her attempt to “script” the murder is turned back at her in the denouement is a fitting conclusion to the cleverness that is exhibited during the episode’s volley between fiction author and real cop, with the Columbo’s spiel at the podium being a memorable highlight. (Nice quote reference by Grant above, btw.) But yeah, as has been pointed out many times, not changing the light bulb in the safe after the murder is an eternal head-scratcher.
One thing that confused me: had COLUMBO already solved the murder BEFORE he told Abigail she couldn't travel?..Upon subsequent viewings, I now believe he hadn't. He figured it out in real time as she watched.
He knew she was the murderer, but he needed further evidence. So, in a way it was solved, but not proved. When he smoked that cigar in the chair and the safe, he arrived at what he said to Abigail later – that Edmund wanted to reveal who killed him, but not outright, in case the killer was the one who would open the safe. He also had a sense of what the missing paper said, based in part on his conversation with Veronica. It seems that when he called on Abigail for help in solving it, her way off-base conjectures/ shenanigans came across as, once again, quite contrived… championship-level playing stupid, that further confirmed he was not only on the right track but closing in. But when he had her read what was discovered, her cover was blown away big time – and yes, in real time.
In many episodes when COLUMBO requests the presence of the killer,
he has already solved the case and has the proof e.g. ETUDE IN BLACK., GREENHOUSE JUNGLE.
So, when he pulled her off the boat it would seem he had the convicting evidence.
Otherwise, he had no legal right to prevent her from travelling.
Ya see my point?
When he pulled her off the boat, he had her in the lie about the keys not being by the bush as she claimed.
But, he solved the case in real time which is unique to the case.
For example in PLAYBACK he had already detected the invitation before he showed it to Werner
Yes, I agree that he solved the case in real time.