The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 3 Episode 22

The Night of the Amnesiac

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Feb 09, 1968 on CBS
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The Night of the Amnesiac

A stagecoach carrying the western states' entire supply of smallpox vaccine is attacked and the drug stolen. Furman Crotty, a convicted criminal serving time in Leavenworth, is demanding his release from jail with a full pardon and a ransom for the safe return of the drug. While Jim, injured in the attack on the stage, struggles with amnesia, Artemus tries to find both his friend and the drug before a full-scale epidemic hits.


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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (8)

      • Gadgets: Magician's flowers that emit knockout gas, extendible boot-toe knife

      • Disguises: magician Dr. Zorbis

      • The case holding the vaccine is marked U.S. Department of Health. No such government department has ever existed, and the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare didn't come into existence until 1933.

      • Crotty tells Artie to use an Ouija board to find Jim, but the Ouija board wasn't commercially introduced until 1890.

      • Artie uses a trick magician's cane to knock out the masseur at the bath house. such an act is impossible as the "appearing cane" is a lightweight flat metal spring that weighs barely a pound. You might be able to sting someone with it or put out an eye, but you can't knock somebody out with one.

      • Rusty calls the bartender "Pinocchio," but The Adventures of Pinocchio wasn't commonly read in the U.S. until 1911.

      • Crotty uses the word "genocide" when he welcomes the agents to his "genocide club." The word wasn't coined until the 1940s.

      • The stuntman who attacks Jim in place of Ed Asner in the theater at the end has noticeably thicker hair than the actor he's replacing.

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Irish: There are some that say that God looks after fools, drunkards, and the United States.

      • Warden: Here he is. 124AG.
        Artie: Formerly known as Furman Crotty. Grand khalif of Kansas crime. Who's been known to remark facetiously, "I regard people as flies and myself as a long-overdue insecticide." Very pretty.

      • Artie: You deliver that vaccine and Jim West, maybe I'll discuss your terms.
        Crotty: Gordon, I'm stunned by your sentimentality. Why, you're probably the type who approves of bronze-plating baby shoes. I, of course, approving of bronze-plating the baby, but...

      • Warden: I won't trouble the guards to make up your bunk, Crotty. State regulations force me to offer you this change of clothing.
        Crotty: And good taste forces me to refuse. Save it for Easter, Warden.

      • Jim: Cloris, when you're trying to rebuild a life, you grab any piece of lumber you can find.

      • Furman: There's only one Mister Crotty around here.
        Silas: You sure going to a lot of trouble to put me in my place, Furman. Makes me think you're afraid of me.
        Furman: I might be, Silas. If I didn't know how loyal you are.

      • Crotty: Every time I have to kill someone who's family, I get depressed.

      • Crotty: Welcome to Crotty's Genocide Club. the only truly liberal establishment of its kind. We'll kill anyone, no questions asked. Particularly you three.

      • Artie: Crotty, this epidemic has already reached monumental proportions. Thousands more are going to die. Don't you care how many people you kill?
        Crotty: They're inferior. They're the great unwashed. Plymouth Rock should have landed on the pilgrims.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Furman Crotty: Oh! what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

        Referencing Walter Scott's 1808 epic poem "Marmion." about the Battle of Flodden Field. In it, Lord Marmion schemes to gain Clara de Clare by framing her fiancé for treason with the aid of Marmion's mistress. He betrays them all but is killed at Flodden Field.