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Mr. Terrific

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Monday 8:30 PM Jan 09, 1967 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A foreign scientist named Petrov has offered to sell his Portable Power Paralyzer, a compact device that can immobilize any machine, to the U.S. Government's Bureau of Secret Projects for $30,000. On board a non-stop train to Washington DC the BSP agent trailing Petrov is killed, so Bureau Chief Barton J. Reed calls a Purple Alert summoning service station owner Stanley Beamish to take the power pill that turns him into Mr. Terrific. Stanley uses his terrific powers to board the train and unknowingly receives the device when Petrov switches matchbooks with him. Stanley then mistakes a toy salesman for his contact and pays 30 grand for a simple child's doll. The matches change hands a few times before Stanley's partner Hal winds up with them and is subsequently captured by a beautiful foreign agent named Mala. Stanley uses his back up "booster" pills to catch up with the bad guys, rescue Hal and recover the Paralyzer.moreless

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      • In addition to being the episode that loosely connects the plot of the compilation film The Pill Caper, Matchless has survived in at least one other form. Although edited, this was one of only two Mr. Terrific episodes to air on TVLand. (Matchless and Stanley the Safecracker were picks made by two different "Ultimate Fans.") Hence, it is one of only two episodes ever to air on American television after the show's initial run ended.

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      • Its inclusion in the compilation film The Pill Caper makes Matchless one of the few Mr. Terrific episodes available for viewing today. Of course, it survives in an extremely edited form.
        This is considered to be the "aired" pilot for the series. It does not fully detail the origin of Mr. Terrific as the unaired pilot starring Alan Young did. There is some minimal exposition in the dialogue, but even this seems to contradict the story told in the show's regular introduction.

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