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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 26


    Aired 4/15/68

  • S 3 : Ep 25

    Carmelita Is One of Us

    Aired 4/8/68

  • S 3 : Ep 24

    The Spy Business

    Aired 4/1/68

  • S 3 : Ep 23

    Suitable for Framing

    Aired 3/25/68

  • S 3 : Ep 22

    The Name of the Game

    Aired 3/11/68

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Culp

    Kelly Robinson

  • Bill Cosby

    Alexander Scott

  • John Orchard


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  • Mark Dana

    Martin Page

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  • show Description
  • A pair of American operatives work undercover as a tennis pro and his trainer. Kelly Robinson is the man with a racket, Alexander Scott is, among other things, a polyglot. The creation of the Cinemobile for location shooting enabled far-flung episodes in Hong Kong, Europe, Mexico, etc. The writing is of a standard that would be very difficult to match in any circumstances, or as Scott & Robinson might say, the wonderfulness of its marvelousness is only equal to the marvelousness of its wonderfulness.moreless

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  • Quotes (207)

    • Scott: Looks like you got the world by the tail, Elroy.
      Elroy: Yeah. Well, you know what happened to that guy who grabbed the tiger by the tail. But in the meantime, it's quite a ride.

    • Elroy: I'm the first bonus baby in the Cold War. That's my politics, sweetheart.
      Scott: You did it for money.
      Elroy: Yeah, that's the general idea. So what's that tone coming out of your mouth, who do you think you are, huh?
      Kelly: He knows who he is, Elroy. It's you we're not too sure about.

    • Kelly: Don't you ever remember to bring a silencer?
      Scott: Ruins the line of my suit.
      Kelly: (ruefully) Mine, too.

    • Scott: We sat down, smiled, looked at his Japanese watch. Then he yawned, got up, and he said, "So long, Patrick Henry."
      Mr. Laswell: You disliked him intensely?
      Scott: I enjoy being made a fool of when I'm pleading for my country. It gives me a warm glow all over. Now, what's the assignment? You want his head on a platter? I think I can arrange that.

    • Scotty: Because in college, I studied languages. It turned out that my professor of Sanskrit was a recruiter for the department.
      Russ: You're kidding.
      Scotty: No, no. What happened was: one day I got an assignment, which I thought was just something to translate for the following Tuesday. But it turned out to be a sales pitch to join the Department. And he made it sound so beautiful, too. Listen: "Short days, short hours, armed, and a Jim-dandy adventure.
      Russ: How do you say "Jim-dandy" in Sanskrit?
      Scotty: In a dead language.

    • Kelly: You weren't just a good teacher, Russ. You were something else. I've stayed alive because of what you've taught me.
      Russ: Fine.
      Kelly: Something you said once, I never forgot. "In espionage, we look upon the face of evil every day. We must all be on guard not to become corrupted."
      Russ: "By facing evil with a greater evil than our own." Have you become corrupt, Kelly?
      Kelly: Yeah, I guess I have.

    • Russ: That's all you can call it, a sell-out. I sold out to the other side.
      Scotty: In the trade, it's called treason.

    • Kelly: The safe is your baby, Russ. You still good at that?
      Russ: I soak my fingers in hot oil each night, right after I brush my teeth. I could feel your pulse through concrete.
      Scotty: That's a man of many talents.

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    Notes (24)

    • NBC's Far Eastern News Staff receive a thanks for their cooperation in the end credits.

    • While writing the screenplay, Robert Culp based the Elroy Browne character upon Rafer Johnson, the Olympic decathlon champion. Culp originally had Sammy Davis Jr. in mind to play Elroy Browne, but realized that a larger, more athletic actor would be required for the role.

    • David Friedkin (Conway) is one of the "three Fs" that produce I Spy. He also scripted the episode with his fellow producer Morton Fine. Friedkin would go on to play a minor part in "Tigers of Heaven" and then stay behind the camera for the series' run.

    • The show filmed at Desilu Studios. At the end of the credits there is a special acknowledgement: "We wish to thank the National Broadcasting Comapny's Far Eastern News Staff for their cooperation."

    • Kelly's eyes are differently tinted durring the preview of coming scenes. In this episode, the colors are: orange-violet-red-blue.

    • In the opening bar scene the background music heard is "Harlem Nocturne", a jazz classic from 1947 composed by Earle Hagen. Hagen also wrote the I Spy theme song and scored the music for all the episodes.

    • Music: "(You'd Be So) Easy to Love" (Cole Porter, sung by Eartha Kitt), "Black Coffee" (Ella Fitzgerald, sung by Eartha Kitt)

    • Bill Cosby won his first of 4 Emmy awards for his performance in this episode. This episode was nominated for 4 Emmys.

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    Trivia (22)

    • On Kelly's first visit, the receptionist is wearing a light blue dress when the firecrackers go off. During Kelly's second visit, she wears a red dress. However, when the firecrackers go off, the director uses a reaction shot from the earlier scene so the receptionist's dress changes color to light blue.

    • During the shootout on the boat, the stuntman who fills in for Marcell Hillaire is noticeably taller and skinnier than the actor.

    • When Mano beats Scott, the seam of his right sleeve is ripped at the shoulder. However, when he leaves the room, the rip has disappeared.

    • The stuntman filling in for Bill Cosby during the sparring scenes is much more muscular and has a different hair

    • In the tracking shot after Kelly gets to blow the ferry's horn, near the bottom of the screen, there is a little boy who is clearly making faces at the camera!

    • Kelly actually names where they are staying in Hong Kong as The Peninsula Hotel.

    • In the opening shaving scene, the shaving cream on Kelly's face, particularly on the right side, alternates from shot to shot. It varies from fully covering his face, to partially covering his face, to being gone, to back again.

    • Trivia:When Scotty and Kelly are getting Mr. Wade off alone, you see a couple of shots where their jackets may show their true alliances--their jackets are red (Scotty), white (Wade), and blue (Kelly).

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    Allusions (54)

    • Kelly: He saw Goldfinger twenty-seven times.
      Referencing the 1964 James Bond movie--the third in the series--based on the 1959 novel by Ian Fleming. The title character, Auric Goldfinger, is obsessed with gold and comes up with a scheme to radioactively contaminate the gold in Fort Knox to increase the value of his own horde of gold a hundredfold. The movie was the first Bond film to win an Academy Award (Best Sound Effects Editing), and introduced many of the tropes that the Bond films would become famous for.

    • Elroy: Don't pay any attention to Charlie Chan here.

      Referencing the fictional private investigator created by Earl Derr Biggers in 1926. Initially a detective with the Hawaiian police, Chan soon took cases throughout the world. The character moved on to radio, movies, comic strips, and television, and found his greatest success when portrayed by non-Asian actors such as the Swedish Warner Oland. The character, often considered stereotypical and racist, has been the subject of much controversy over the years.

    • Scott: Probably never looked under my shirt to see this big red S, have you?

      Referencing the comic book character created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in Action Comics #1 (June 30, 1938). Arguably the most recognized comic book character in the world, Baby Kal-El was rocketed from the doomed planet Krypton, landed on Earth, and gains superpowers under the yellow sun. Assuming the identity of mild-manner Clark Kent, Superman fights a neverending battle for Truth, Justice, and the American way, and has appeared on radio, television, cinema, video games, and novels among other media.

    • The title is an allusion to Patrick Henry's famous "give me liberty or give me death" quote because of this episode being about getting an expatriate to return to the US.

    • Kelly: What are you going to do, Pied Piper your way out of here?
      Kelly is referencing the legendary Pied Piper of Hamelin, comparing the flutist to Scotty's apparent interest in wooden flutes. First seen on a stained glass window in the 14th century, the Pied Piper is a rat-catcher who uses his flute to draw out the the rats infesting Hamelin. When the townspeople refuse to pay his fee, the Piper uses his music to take the town's children away with him.

    • Kelly: How many hours does a man have to hold off Genghis Khan and his cavalry?
      Kelly compares the hulking Kwan Tak to another fierce Asian warrior: Genghis Khan (1162?-1227), the emperor of the Mongol Empire, who united the nomad tribes under his rule. His horde occupied much of China and Central Asia and commit brutal acts of slaughter. However, Genghis Khan also introduced the concept of religious tolerance within his empire and required his diverse tribes to use a single shared language, helping to spread culture and knowledge.

    • Russ: ...Front for every Curtain there is: from Bamboo to Silk to Iron.
      This line references the three political Communist Asia "curtains" during the time period: *Bamboo - North Korea *Silk - China *Iron - USSR

    • Quote: You know Tricky Dick? This line is a reference to Richard Nixon, who picked up that nickname in the 1950 campaign for his Senate seat.

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  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • The "wonderderfulness" of I Spy has not faded with time!

    By JonJax, Jun 11, 2009

  • One of the best shows in a decade crowded with classics.

    By jamoon2006, Aug 26, 2008

  • Cool!

    By da_dunker, May 03, 2007

  • Once upon a time . . . I used to count the hours until I Spy would come on.

    By paulcornelius, Sep 08, 2006

  • A great detecive show starring Bill Cosby and Robert Culp.

    By vicmackey31, Apr 22, 2006

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