Land of the Giants

Season 2 Episode 5

The Unsuspected

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Oct 19, 1969 on ABC
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Episode Summary


Steve is turned into a raving paranoid by exposure to mushroom spores, and cuts a deal with Inspector Kobick to betray his crewmates.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (10)

      • When Steve puts Valerie and Barry in the air shaft, when he opens it, the opposite wall only contains an alcove. When they enter it, the opposite wall becomes a passageway.

      • When Dan tries to contact Fitzhugh on the radio, his voice can be heard over Fitzhugh's radio. Steve grabs the radio and turns it off. However, a few seconds later, Dan and Mark walk off and it's clear that they were only a few feet from Steve and Fitzhugh. They should have heard Dan's voice over Fitzhugh's radio.

      • When Steve grabs Fitzhugh and hides, he has both hands occupied holding Fitzhugh and keeping him silent. He's also trying to avoid making any noise so that Dan and Mark, standing a couple of yards away, wont' hear him. Despite that, he somehow manages to gag Fitzhugh between shots.

      • Kobick refers to Dan by his last name (Erickson). This is remotely possible: they have pictures of the little people and Dan and Steve still wear their name tags. Still, it seems kinda odd that he places such emphasis on Dan's last name, given no one has mentioned it to him before. Given so rarely it's used on the show, Kobick seems to know it better than the audience probably does!

      • It seems that Kobick overhears enough of the Earthlings' conversations (i.e., "Go west to the gully") that, along with the fact they seem to have a general idea of where the Spindrift is, he could come very close to pinpointing its location.

      • Kobick gets hold of one of the Earthlings' radios and uses it to listen into their transmissions. A good idea, but one which they forget to have him do in future episodes.

      • Why is Kobick so understaffed? He only has one sergeant canvassing real estate offices and with him for the capture at the end. If they had surrounded the office as thoroughly as the house in "The Chase," they would have had the little people for sure.

      • Earlier, Kobick sent Eson to check out the offices posing as a telephone worker so he wouldn't alert the Earthlings. However, when they drive back to the real estate office, they run their sirens, alerting the Earthlings and giving them plenty of time to escape.

      • Supposedly alien planet: The Giants also speak Latin: Kobick rattles off the Latin classification for the toadstool

      • Within walking distance: a real estate office

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Kobick: Obviously one of our little people has already come into contact with these spores. Whichever one of it is, is going to make a mistake. A giant mistake in our favor.

      • Steve: Now you're sure you know nothing about this plot to turn me over to Inspector Kobick?
        : I know nothing of such a plot. On my honor!
        Steve: Come on, Fitzhugh. Your honor isn't good enough.

      • Kobick: It's nice to see you again, Captain.
        Steve: I've come to make a deal. So no tricks.
        Kobick: Heh. You know you can trust me.
        Steve: Yeah. I've learned a lot about trust.

      • (to a psychotic Steve)
        Fitzhugh: Steve...
        Steve: Watch yourself. Because I'm going to try and remember that you're worth more to the giants alive, Fitzhugh.

      • Steve: Again, I'm sorry. I...
        Mark: Ah, forget it. You do make a good Jekyll and Hyde, though. But it's all over now.
        Dan: Not quite. Not until both of you, Jekyll and Hyde, takes a bath.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Mark: You do make a good Jekyll and Hyde, though.
        Referencing the novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written in 1886 by Robert Louis Stevenson. In this novella, researcher, Dr. Jekyll, creates a serum that inadvertently unleashes the bestial side of the human personality by creating a second personality. Dr. Jekyll's second personality goes by the name, "Mr. Hyde." The novella has since inspired dozens of book, movie, and TV adaptations and parodies.