The Time Tunnel

Season 1 Episode 12

The Death Trap

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 02, 1966 on ABC
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Episode Summary

The guys land in Baltimore on February 22, 1861, in a barn where a group of conspirators and followers of Abolitionist John Brown are meeting. They are mistaken for fellow collaborators, but the Pinkertons break up the meeting. Doug is captured while Tony escapes with brothers Jeremiah and Matthew. They still plan to blow up Lincoln, who is enroute to his inauguration. While Doug tries to convince Pinkerton he is innocent, Tony tries to persuade the brothers not to go through with there plan, but Jeremiah is determined. Tony manages to escape but Pinkerton doesn't believe him either. The two manage to convince Pinkerton there is a bomb and go to look for it. The Project staff have spotted the bomb and brought it to the future to disarm it, accidentally scooping up the conspirators' other, younger brother David. They convince David to delay the bomb before having to send him and the bomb back. As Lincoln departs, Tony, Doug, and brother Matthew manage to convince Jeremiah that his cause is useless, and throw away the bomb just as it explodes.moreless

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    Lee Meriwether

    Lee Meriwether

    Dr. Ann MacGregor

    James Darren

    James Darren

    Dr. Tony Newman

    John Zaremba

    John Zaremba

    Dr. Raymond Swain

    Whit Bissell

    Whit Bissell

    Lt. General Heywood Kirk

    Robert Colbert

    Robert Colbert

    Dr. Douglas Phillips

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (8)

      • While the Time Tunnel scientists instruct David to jam the bomb's dial with one of the tools, all subsequent shots of the bomb upon returning to 1861 show the screwdriver David used merely sticking out of the side of the bomb, quite far away from the dial.

      • The tools that Kirk threw to David in the Time Tunnel should have been sent back to the depot with him and bomb (as they were also in the tunnel), but only the screwdriver David used to disable the bomb was shown as David reappeared in his own time.

      • From watching this episode, it appears that you could count the total population of the city of Baltimore in 1861 on your fingers. No-one is seen in the city streets apart from the plotter brothers, the Pinkerton men and Doug & Tony.

      • The layout of the bomb, the depot, and the train (and how Tony throws the bomb away) doesn't seem to make much sense. The bomb appears to have landed on the other side of the train from the depot, but there is no indication Tony threw it that far, or past the train earlier.

      • When the (stock footage of the) train pulls out, there is no sign of the depot or any buildings whatsoever.

      • The Pinkerton men fail to see the rather extensive brawl that Doug and Jeremiah have pretty close to the train as it departs near the end of the episode.

      • When Jeremiah and Matthew talk outside the depot about two-thirds through the episode, the voice sync on actor Scott Marlowe is not very well done. Particularly when he says, "No, no, no", his lips don't move at all, or fail to synchronize very closely with the on-screen dialogue.

      • Although the hints that the Time Tunnel has "forged its own connection" are intriguing, there's no real explanation for why the Project staff witness Lincoln's assassination in '61 at the beginning of the episode.

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