The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 2 Episode 4

The Night of the Big Blast

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Oct 07, 1966 on CBS
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The Night of the Big Blast
A mad scientist has created a way to turn people into walking mind-controlled explosives... and Jim West is her next victim.

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  • Go, Artemus, go!

    Great episode and how much fun is it to see Artemus go practically all on his own through-out the entire adventure? Ross Martin is paired with lovely actress Mala Powers (and they've worked together before) and the two have a marvellous chemistry. The color and excitement of New Orleans during mardi gras along with human bombs exploding makes for a very exciting episode. Ida Lupino, mostly a director by this time in her sterling career, makes for a terrific villianess and her ending was left open, making one believe West and Gordon might encounter Dr. Faustina again but, alas, we do not. And that is truly a shame!moreless
  • An Artemus Gordon Adventure!

    No wonder this is Ross Martin's favorite episode. With Artie front and center, he reminds us that he can carry a series and be a leading man of romance and action. He has the right amount of panache, derring-do, and humor, and it makes you wish he had more "solo" episodes as the series went on. The episode itself is classic "West:" megalomaniac, crazy plan, comic relief, a beautiful girl and some brawls. Ida Lupino makes for an ideal villainess, and her plan to turn corpses into human time bombs is perfect for the show.

    Artie gets the girl (almost), saves the day and socks the bad guys. Of course, Jim turns up to help, but this is Gordon all the way, and as such it's one of the best episodes of Season 2.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Somewhat confusingly, the building that the Artie robot goes to kill Grant is the same building that was destroyed earlier when the Jim robot blew up and killed the four Cabinet members.

    • After the bomb in the phony James West explodes, the bomb can still be heard ticking for about a second.

    • When Artie fights his robot duplicate, the stunt stand-in looks nothing like Ross Gordon.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Prudence: Ummm hmmm.
      Lily: Artemus, you remember Mother.
      Artie: Vividly. Miss Fortune. You have no idea what seeing your face does to me.

    • Lily: I don't care for any dessert, Mother.
      Prudence: A simple little meal, a five-course dinner, $0.35, it's outrageous. Since dessert is included, we're going to have some. I'll take hers, too.

    • Dr. Faustina: He killed a woman. Oh, how interesting. Murderers always make such good subjects. Their hearts are in the right place, so to speak.

    • Prudence: Lily, you can't chase after a man like this. It's not decent.
      Lily: Oh, Mother, would you mind coming in out of the 18th century. Artemus is missing, I've got to find him.
      Prudence: Well, I wouldn't chase after a man!
      Lily: That's why you've been a widow for 20 years.

    • Prudence: I told you way back in high school (Artie) was an undependable sort.
      Lily: And you told me that Lincoln would never be President.

    • Robot Artie: Miss Fortune. She means nothing to me.
      Peters: You certainly are the gay dog where the ladies are concerned.

    • Lily: I love you dearly, but no. I, I, couldn't live your kind of life. You'd always be disappearing or exploding. I'd never know if I was kissing you or some bomb.
      Artie: Well, try me!
      (Jim explosively opens a corked bottle)
      Lily: See what I mean.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Jim: Another Sarah Bernhardt.
      Referencing the famous actress (1844-1923), who started in 1862 as a burlesque/comedy actress and soon moved on to dramatic roles. She toured in America in the 1870s.