Kung Fu

ABC (ended 1975)




  • Season 2 Episode 23: The Cenotaph (2)

  • If 8 Sioux were unable to pull the crate off the wagon, how was McBurney able to flip it off the ramp? He wasn't that strong.

  • Season 2 Episode 22: The Cenotaph (1)

  • Nancy Kwan is actually half-Chinese half-white, Carradine is 100% white playing half-chinese. She was best known for World of Suzy Wong and the showgirl from Flower Drum Song and Asian entry in the 1960s bombshell girl wars, and still looks good in cosmetic commercials. She is astonished that Cain has no experience with women. The ironsides armored stagecoach is an unusual prop, like a horse drawn armored car, I wonder what happened to it. As other commenter noted, the same actor who plays the crazy stagecoach thief also plays the Chinese warrior who wants to marry Kwan's character.

  • Season 2 Episode 3: The Chalice

  • One of the outlaws mentions the Yaqui Indians. The Yaqui lived in the Río Yaqui valley located in the northern Mexican state of Sonora and into the Sonora Desert of what eventually became Arizona. Sonora's western border is the Gulf of California, known to locals as the Sea of Cortez. This area could fit in as the location for this episode so long as we postulate a no-longer-extant town of San Blas there.

    Having to send to Santa Fe, the territorial capital, for legal or political guidance was one of the more common problems of administering the huge New Mexico territory. Following the Gadsden Purchase, congress established Fort Buchanan and later nearby Fort Crittenden to little effect and both forts were closed by 1873.

    It is this very lawlessness that often helps Caine in his exploits at least as often as it lands him in trouble.

  • There is a San Blas on the Pacific coast of Mexico but it it about 1500 miles south of El Paso, Texas, and 1200 miles south of Santa Fe. It seems unlikely this episode would take place anywhere near there especially as Caine says to Staggers, "I will not go with you to Mexico."

  • It's not stated that the pebble Caine puts on the grave here is the one he took from Master Kan's hand or Master Po's grave, but either is very unlikely given his attachment to them.

  • The nearest U.S. Marshal is said to be in Santa Fe, New Mexico but this episode is set around the ocean. If one were to believe this were California's coastline, then presence of law would be much closer.

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