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Season 1 Episode 14

Affair in T'Sien Cha

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 29, 1965 on NBC
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Affair in T'Sien Cha

Kelly and Scotty investigate the mystery of how an entire train was made to disappear in a small Chinese province. Especially when said train had very little of value on it and the only clues lead to a pretty American schoolteacher, a young boy's fondness for train bells and cowboys, an entire village's silence, and a most unwitting assassin.


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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • 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).

      • During the final fight, the stunt man filling in for Robert Culp has noticeably broader features, and a hairstyle with more of a widow's peak than Culp's typical combover.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Hardy: What about you, Mr. Scott?
        Scotty: Me? Oh, I drift around the edges of the world, one of the Nirvana boys, seeker after the Golden Fleece. Ports of call are where I live and masseur is what I am.

      • Scotty: (reading his ID) Edmund Wade, New York City.
        Wade: That ain't all.
        Scotty: Profession: master tailor.
        Wade: With a bulge like that in your coat?
        Kelly: Well, it's not so easy in a single-breasted garment.

      • Wade: Then somewhere in those 40 miles between Communist China and here, the whole thing went up in a puff of smoke. That's including the crew: engineer and fireman. Whole train vanished.
        Kelly: The whole train vanished?
        Wade: Yeah. Steam engine, six box cars.
        Kelly: A steam engine and six box cars? Carrying what?
        Wade: Stone.
        Kelly: Stone?
        Wade: Uh, you want to not do that, please? Don't repeat everything I say. My wife does it. That's why I travel so much. So don't you do it, please, makes me very nervous.
        Kelly: Nervous? (Wade glares) Sorry.

      • Scotty: (touring the Tiger Balm Gardens) Kind of nice of ol' um, whatshisname...?
        Kelly: What?
        Scotty: Pow--Pah--Popov... Popov. Kind of nice of him to do all this for the folks here, I'll tell you that.
        Kelly: Kinda nice of them to make him a billionaire, buying his liniment.
        Scotty: Well, it's that tiger balm. You know, they really believe in that kind of stuff.
        Kelly: Don't know why not. The label says you can rub it on--it gets rid of anything.
        Scotty: Maybe they rubbed it on the train.

      • Kelly: I think I heard a train bell.
        Scotty: Me, too.
        Kelly: Sometimes given a premise like that, it means there's a train bell around.
        Scotty: You're a deep thinker.

      • (after walking along the train tracks, and as they keep walking)
        Kelly: You're not listening to me.
        Scott: No, I'm not.
        Kelly: All right, you're fired.
        Scott: Listen, we've been through a lot together, haven't we?
        Kelly: I guess.
        Scott: I've pulled you out of a lot of close shaves, haven't I?
        Kelly: Yeah.
        Scott: I know you'd do the same thing for me if I needed it, wouldn't you?
        Kelly: I would hold whit- hot steel in my hands to save you, are you kiddin'?
        Scott: Kelly?
        Kelly: What is it? What do you want me to do?
        Scott: Carry me.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Injoke: During the train ride, Scott speaks of Philadelphia and coaching basketball. Philadelphia is Bill Cosby's hometown and he is a long-time fan of basketball.

      • Although this was the 14th episode shown, it was the first one filmed for the series, and it shows. The plot and action scenes were some of the weakest of the series and much of Robert Culp and Bill Cosby's famous chemistry was still missing. Also, Cosby has mentioned that he felt his dramatic acting debut was very shaky and unsure at the time. The comedian/actor certainly made up for his initial inexperience by being nominated four times and thrice winning a Best Dramatic Actor Emmy during the life of the series.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Scotty: ...seeker after the Golden Fleece.
        When talking about his and Kelly's travels to many foreign lands, referencing the Greek legend of the Golden Fleece, a winged ram sired by Poseidon. Phrixus later sacrificed the ram to Poseidon but kept the fleece. Jason and the Argonauts set out on a heroic quest to many foreign lands to take the Golden Fleece and bring it to King Pelias

      • Scotty: The Green Hornet and his faithful valet Kato.
        Comparing himself and Kelly to another rich playboy and his faithful manservant, Scotty is referencing the radio series created in 1936 by George W. Trendle and Fran Striker. Britt Reid is typically the Green Hornet, a newspaper publisher who poses as a masked criminal ganglord, the Green Hornet, while bringing down the mobs from within. His chauffeur, Kato, is a skilled martial artist, driver, and mechanic, and drives the Black Beauty, a weapon-laden car. The characters have since been adapted to two movie serials, a one-season TV program in 1966, a series of comic books, and a feature movie in 2011.