The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

Season 1 Episode 3

The Quadripartite Affair

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Oct 06, 1964 on NBC
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Episode Summary


Years after a top-secret fear-inducing gas is lost in an aircraft accident, a scientist in Yugoslavia is murdered after becoming terror-stricken. Professor Raven's daughter Marion flies to U.N.C.L.E. headquarters in New York to request help in finding out why her father was murdered. When Solo and Illya are put the case, they find they must assault an underground fortress to destroy the only example of the experimental gas that causes extreme fear!


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  • Adventurous. Sexist. The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

    Everything you love about Sean Connery's stint as James Bond is in this episode. The stunning femme fatale, the beautiful lead female, the unrepentant bad guy, daring-do and a little sexism.

    This episode perfectly highlights the characters Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin. While Napoleon doesn't skew the flirting with the ladies, and appreciatively looking at their backsides, Illya is closed off, almost emotionless. Otherwise, they're manly men carrying guns and talking with their fists.

    This episode features a zany plot, involving fear gas, a mountain fortress and all sorts of stuff. Quite frankly, this episode is something I like to call 'cracktastic': Explaining what the episode is about is almost as much fun as watching it. This is basically an early James Bond movie wrapped up into 45 minutes.

    The acting and really just everything about it is typical 60s; sometimes stilted and overtly dramatic, but a joy to watch. If you want to see and understand television from the 60s, you need to watch this episode, and you need to watch this show.moreless
Jill Ireland

Jill Ireland

Marion Raven

Guest Star

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson

Col. Adam Pattner

Guest Star

Roger C. Carmel

Roger C. Carmel

Milan Horth

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the guards are struggling with Horth in the hallway, notice the guard on the left as they turn him around.  His machine gun is over his shoulder and it bends as it presses against the wall, revealing it to be made of rubber.

    • While Solo, Kuryakin, Raven, and Horth are spying on a camp from rocks high above, Horth stands up, ready to go, and catches Solo under the chin with his rifle.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Solo: (looking at photos to prepare for the mission) Let's look at the, uh, owner of the yacht. (seeing Gervaise Ravel) Mmm-hmm... very handsome owner.
      Heather: If you like the feline type.
      Solo: Well, they purr so nicely.

    • Heather: She's classified as dangerous.
      Napoleon: A beautiful woman should always be so classified.
      Heather: Me, too, Mr. Solo?
      Napoleon: Oh, top of the list, Ms. McNabb.

    • Marion: Would you like some coffee? Shall I play a record?
      Illya: You probably don't have anything I like. Just forget I'm here.
      Marion: That won't be easy. (Illya sits in a chair)
      Illya: Just... part of the furniture.

    • Marion: It seems whenever we're together you always have a gun in your hand. I'm never quite feel comfortable with you here.
      Illya: You have to learn to ignore. Pretend I'm part of the background. Just another rock or a tree.
      Marion: All right. You're a rock. (she leans against him)

    • Marion: Illya! Why...?
      Illya: Please, I must think. There has to be some way out of this.
      Marion: There isn't, so can't we just talk?!
      Illya: No, just pretend I'm not here. Part of the walls.
      Marion: That's what you are, all right. Pretend you're part of the walls or a lamp or a chair or a tree or a rock. But just for once, just once, couldn't you pretend to be a human being?
      Illya: For a few moments then. Just pretend I'm a human being.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Marion Raven: Someone once said there can be no mischief where there's music. Do you believe that?
      Marion is trying to diffuse the tense situation in her apartment by referencing a quote from a famous Spanish author, Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616). In the 1615 novel Don Quixote, Part II, the character Sancho says to a duchess: "Senora, where there's music there can't be mischief."