Get Smart

Season 5 Episode 13

Ice Station Siegfried

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Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Dec 19, 1969 on NBC
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99 and CIA agent Quigley run into Siegfried and Starker while on a case in Canada. Meanwhile, Max and the Chief are snowed in at Miami, thanks to a KAOS plot.

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  • An episode that shows how important Don Adams was to "Get Smart" - it sinks because he is not around.

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    Agent 99 must team up with a CIA special agent in the frozen north.



    This is one of those episodes that reminds you of how important the characters are to setting up the comedy of the series. The rather contrived set-up shows 99 talking on the phone to Max in the beginning, but in reality, these scenes were added later in order to add a trace of continuity.



    The program itself teams 99 with CIA agent Quigley in an attempt to foil a plot to plunge the world into a new ice age. Along the way, Siegfried is revealed to be interested in the same nefarious gambit, ultimately a plan by a mad scientist to unleash a huge fan into the arctic to blow cold across the globe. After a lot of soundstage scenes of igloos, the plot is eventually foiled - but without a lot of comedy.



    The biggest problem with this installment is not the story itself (supposedly causing Don Adams to walk out and boycott the episode) but the fact that Quigley (Bill Dana) cannot deliver lines that were written for Agent 86. In some ways it's instructive that the series was mainly a set of well-written and well-ordered Don Adams "catch phrases" - but in others it's also an example of how much Adams carried the series. This episode shows that the formula could be tenuous, as it really doesn't generate many laughs.moreless
Barbara Feldon

Barbara Feldon

Agent 99

Jane Dulo

Jane Dulo

99's Mother (1968-1969)

Robert Karvelas

Robert Karvelas

Larrabee (1967-1970)

Dick Gautier

Dick Gautier

Hymie (1966-1969)

David Ketchum

David Ketchum

Agent 13

Stacy Keach Sr.

Stacy Keach Sr.

Prof. Carlson (1966-67)

Bill Dana

Bill Dana

Quigley

Guest Star

Cliff Norton

Cliff Norton

General Christian

Guest Star

Regis Cordic

Regis Cordic

Colonel Quinton

Guest Star

King Moody

King Moody

Starker (1966-1969)/Shtarker

Recurring Role

Bernie Kopell

Bernie Kopell

Siegfried

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In this Arctic set adventure, Shtarker says that he prepared a meal from the penguins wandering nearby. Penguins are actually native to Antarctica on the opposite side of the world.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Admiral Chrichton: I have just had a communiqué, sir, stating that the reservoirs in the New York state area are frozen solid. In New York City alone; Manhattan, the Bronx and Brooklyn are having a drinking problem.
      General Christian: How about Flushing?
      Admiral Chrichton: I believe they're having a little bit of trouble with that too, sir.

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The KAOS Capades
      Siegfried refers to KAOS's crack troop of ice skating commandoes as the KAOS Capades. Founded in 1940 and running to the present, The Ice Capades are an internationally touring show that showcases figure skating.

    • Siegfried: Well, it ain't Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, cookie.

      Sharing a Canadian Mountie disguise with Shtarker, Siegfried evokes the memory of two great movie stars of the 1930's and 1940's. Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald were partnered in a number of movie operettas together, but the most fondly remembered is Rose Marie (1936) a story set in Canada in which Eddy played a Mountie. The most famous song from that movie was "Indian Love Song", whose opening lyrics ("When I'm calling you oo-oo-oooo") are used as password in the episode.

    • The Stanislavski Method
      Mentioned in this episode as a means of freezing the world invented, it as actually a technique of bringing realism and honest emotion to acting as developed by Russian actor Constantin Stanislavski (1863-1938). American actors routinely refer to the use of Stanislavski's system as Method Acting or "The Method".

    • Episode Title: Ice Station Siegfried

      The title is a take-off on the popular 1968 movie thriller Ice Station Zebra starring Rock Hudson and Ernest Borgnine.

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