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The Apes of Rath

Season 5, Ep 10, Aired 11/28/69
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  • Episode Description
  • Several agents have been murdered by someone with incredible strength. The only clue is an empty banana peel. It is soon deduced that the killer is an ape. However, what the CONTROL staff doesn't realize is that the killer is no ordinary ape, but an ape who has been surgically altered by Dr. Rath to look and act like a man until he hears a bell which causes him to revert to his apelike state. Not only that, but the ape who goes by the name Chuck Armstrong is Control's newest agent. After another agent is murdered, Armstrong is then assigned to protect Max.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Barbara Feldon

    Agent 99

  • Jane Dulo

    99's Mother (1968-1969)

  • Robert Karvelas

    Larrabee (1967-1970)

  • Dick Gautier

    Hymie (1966-1969)

  • David Ketchum

    Agent 13

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Webster: I've been marked for murder, so I'm having myself shipped to Pittsburgh before they can get me. Max: Why Pittsburgh? Webster: Why not Pittsburgh? Max: Well, murder is one thing, but suicide is another.

    Allusions (4)

    • Max: 'Twas beauty that killed the beast. When ape man Armstrong falls to his death after an attempt to carry 99 to the top of the Smarts' apartment building(much in the manner of King Kong), Max quotes the final line of the 1933 movie classic.

    • Tarzan yell As ape turned assassin Armstrong falls to his death with the famous Tarzan yell. The yell first appeared in 1932's Tarzan the Ape Man starring Johnny Weismuller has been associated with the character ever since.

    • Episode Prop: Life preserver The life preserver hanging above the trunk in the first scene says S. S. Minnow, the name of the ship from the T.V. show Gilligan's Island.

    • Episode Title: The Apes of Wrath The title is an obvious pun taken from The Grapes of Wrath a novel by John Steinbeck.

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