The Green Hornet

Season 1 Episode 3

Programmed for Death

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Sep 23, 1966 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • The writers establish that the leopard was too old to kill anyone. So why does Yolanda use it as a murder weapon? It only manages to kill Pat because he's sitting in front of a window and falls backward, plummeting to his death. If he had been away from a window, Yolanda's murder scheme would have failed, and she had no way of knowing that Pat would be where he was.

    • According to Mike's statement when he barges into the manor, Yolanda bought the transmitters himself from a local company. Which doesn't make any sense, as a) she wouldn't have bought them herself, and b) they establish that she ships diamonds all around the world. Yolanda could have bought the transmitters anywhere in the world.

    • Miller tells the Hornet the extreme cold would "rip the flesh from your hands", but the Hornet is wearing gloves.

    • The vault is supposed to be at 50 below 0 for the production of the diamonds, but the Green Hornet and Professor Miller enter without any sort of cold weather protection and Miller doesn't visibly decrease the temperature beforehand.

  • Quotes

    • Mike: "Accidental death", indeed. When was the last time you saw a leopard "accidentally" wander into a city room and kill a reporter?

    • (Britt is holding a small transmitter.)
      Britt: Someone using this, tuned to send out an ultra high frequency tone. And a leopard trained to respond to that tone and kill the nearest human to it. That someone programmed Pat Allen to die.
      Scanlon: Can you prove it?
      Britt: No. But the Green Hornet will.

  • Notes

    • This was the pilot episode, as evidenced by the different opening music over the "THE GREEN HORNET--IN COLOR" opening bumper, the masks worn by both The Hornet and Kato which otherwise only appear in promotional photos (After this episode was shot, molds were taken of Williams' and Lee's faces and form-fitting masks were cast), and the extended sequences introducing/establishing characters, sets, and devices.
      It's also unique in that it's the only episode that The Hornet lets Kato do all the hand-to-hand fighting! (The Hornet just uses a gas gun.)

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