Max Barsini is an artist who has a most unusual living arrangement with three women. He is married to Vanessa, and Julie is his live in model. Louise is his first wife who lives next door. Max takes delight in the way they fight for his attention, but also likes to control them. So when Louise starts seeing a psychologist, Max not only fears that she will break away but also that she will reveal a secret that Max will kill to keep hidden and he does. He makes it appear that she drowned but Columbo knows something is wrong.
Did You Know?
The real painter of Columbo's portrait is Jaroslav Gebr's. Gebr was born in Eastern Europe and fled the Communists, arriving in Hollywood. He began in the art departments of Fox and MGM and eventually ended up at Universal's Television studios where he led their Art Department for years. See more
The front doorway of Max Barsini's house has a mezuzah, a Jewish religious symbol. There is nothing in the episode, including other decor in the home, to suggest Barsini or any of the episode's other characters are Jewish. See more
You're like a swollen house guest who eats up all the food, and while the rest of us go hungry, you complain about heartburn.