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Season 1 Episode 16

The Barter

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 1966 on NBC
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Episode Summary


The agents head to Tokyo to rescue a Russian defector with the help of an American businessman. However, the Russians respond by abducting the businessman's daughter and Kelly and Scott have to find a way to break the middleman that is engineering the exchange.

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    John Abbott

    John Abbott

    Professor Janos Shenko

    Guest Star

    George Takei

    George Takei


    Guest Star

    Roger C. Carmel

    Roger C. Carmel

    Gordon Merritt

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Shenko is staying in one of the penthouse suites at the hotel. However, when Scott checks in, there are only three penthouse key boxes and they all three have keys. The clerk then grabs all three keys and tells Scott to pick which one he wants. There's no box for the penthouse that Shenko is already occupying.

      • When Gurney gives Kelly his briefing, he says that Shenko is staying at the Savoy Hotel. However, when Scott checks in later to the hotel where Shenko is staying, the clerk welcomes him to the Nutani Hotel.

      • The Russian lead agent calls the hotel room and Igor picks up the phone and answers. Upon hearing his voice, the leader calls Igor "Koski," the other bodyguard.

      • Merritt not only misidentifies Shelley as Keats, but he misquotes Keats' Stanzas. He says, "Writh'd not of passing joy," but the correct line is "Writh'd not of passed joy."

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Scott: Well, that's too bad. Connecting room there could be a real help.
        Kelly: That's what we need, then.
        Scott: Well, we got one. We've got a connecting door here.
        Kelly: No, not a door, nitwit, a head of state.
        Scott: Well, we don't have one of those.
        Kelly: My man, my man, you've never been head of anything.
        Scott: Well, I was, uh, head of the stamp club in 1952.
        Kelly: Well, that's an excellent beginning, Mr. Ambassador.

      • Shenko: Perhaps things are happening too fast, but I am at a loss. You, a private citizen, doing all this. Special boat making special arrangements. And you gentlemen risked your lives. All this for me? If I were nuclear scientist, I would understand, but I am only teacher.
        Scott: Yes, and you're about to teach the greatest lesson of your career. That a man, having had the convictions that you've had and by turning from them toward freedom, why, it's got to make people stop and think and examine.
        Shenko: Perhaps at last will come understanding.

      • Merritt: Well, as the poet said, "But were there never any. Writh'd not of passing joy?" Shelley.
        Scott: Keats.
        Merritt: Keats? Would you like to wager?
        Kelly: I wouldn't. It'd be a cold deck. He's a Rhodes Scholar.

      • Kelly: Listen, why don't you, uh, leave the bottle?
        Merritt: Excellent! You're going to ply me with liquor, aren't you? So many people these days forget the little niceties. It won't work, of course, but it is appreciated.

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