Mrs. Columbo Sighting
Since the general consensus is that Friend is pretty smart I read this as a kind of theory of Mrs. Columbo, rather than a claim that we, the audience, all know, and agree, that Columbo has imagined her. Maybe he did and maybe he didn't, but he loved her very much and there is a whole website dedicated to her. I meant to dress up as Mrs. C. once for Halloween, but then we didn't have the time or necessity to dress up that year. Oh, the irony. Benj looks a lot like Columbo any day of the year, and the guy who worked at the local pizzeria used to call him "Lieutenant," but he's about a foot taller. Benj, not the guy at the pizzeria.
Speaking of imaginary friends, check out my new feature in the sidebar. Now you can trace the influence of Benj, The Thriftiest Girl in LA, The Family Boccigalupe, Madame Librarian and the elusive Aaron Whyte-Reiss, who made up his own name, on this blog.