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The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 2 Episode 1

The Night of the Eccentrics

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Sep 16, 1966 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Night of the Eccentrics

Searching for a fellow agent, Jim and Artie go to a circus where they find themselves battling the Eccentrics, a group of assassins controlled by the vicious Count Manzeppi.

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  • review

    A fair to good WW Adventure-too bad Richard Pryor only appears once in this epsiode-instead of a recurring guest villian. Likewise Count Manzeppi only appears once more -in the Philisilopers stone episode--too bad he doesnt appear for more epsidoes Like Dr Loveless does!
Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor


Guest Star

Anthony Eisley

Anthony Eisley


Guest Star

LeGrand Mellon

LeGrand Mellon


Guest Star

Michael Masters

Michael Masters


Recurring Role

Victor Buono

Victor Buono

Count Carlos Mario Vincenzo Robespierre Manzeppi

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Gadgets: miniature blowtorch, flare grenade, collapsible grappling hook

    • Disguises: Compound guard

    • When Jim is up on stage and attacks Tony and Deadeye, he kicks Deadeye aiming to the left (barely hitting him), but Deadeye goes flying to the right far in excess of the apparent force used.

    • When Tony and Deadeye demonstrate their knives and bullets on Jim, they fire to his left (screen right). However, a minute later when he goes for a knife, the knives and bullet holes are on his right (screen left).

    • Manzeppi claims that he was inspired by Van Der Graaf's experiments in electricity. However, Van Der Grass wasn't born until 1901, and the series is the 19th century.

    • In each scene when Tony throws his knives, you can see slits in the doors, walls, etc. where the knives are pushed through from behind. You can actually see this occur when viewing these scenes in slow-motion.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Villar: (through his dummy Julio) Golly golly golly. What's Mr. Markham going to do now?
      Count Manzeppi: Well, what can he do now, Julio? Nothing. Except die.

    • Count Manzeppi: Allow me to present myself. I am the Count Mario Vincenzo Robespierre Manzeppi, adventurer, poet, and lover of all that is corrupt, forbidden, and blasphemous.
      Jim: Charmed, I'm sure.

    • Jim: Well, I'm flattered. Are you asking me to join your group?
      Count Manzeppi: Why not? You have much to offer us. Oh, a certain flair for assassination. A charming capacity to overcome odds. In short, style. We can use you.
      Jim: You'll, uh, you'll turn my head, Count.

    • Count Manzeppi: Mr. West! You have succeeded in making me lose my temper!
      Jim: Is that bad?
      Count Manzeppi: For you it will be highly traumatic.

    • Count Manzeppi: Now you are in the cradle of Limbo. Suspended halfway betwixt Elysium and Hades.
      Jim: Oh. I always did want to get away from it all.

    • Count Manzeppi: Oh, I wish I could stay and watch, but unfortunately the smell of scorched people disagrees with me.

    • Deadeye: (shooting down his comrade) Fall down, Tony… you're dead.

    • Artie: If I make a small suggestion… you're a Count. Count.

    • Count Manzeppi: Act one to you, Mr. West. But when the mists rise and the sudden silences fall… look for me.

  • NOTES (8)

    • Victor Buono is billed as Special Guest Star.

    • Music: Nocturne in E-Flat (Frederic Chopin)

    • This is Richard Pryor's first televised performance.

    • Commercial breaks: Jim facing the Eccentrics (ll), Manzeppi lighting his cigar (ur), Deadeye revealed as a disguised Juarez (lr), a portrait of Manzeppi (ul)

    • Slight resequencing of the opening credits - the Cowboy slugs the woman in the lower right rather then causing her to swoon with a kiss.

    • Perhaps leading to the demise of Count Manzeppi as a recurring villain were the critical reviews of West's second season opener. Variety magazine, in particular, found the opener to be "so loaded with tricks that CBS might just trick itself out of an audience." The publication also noted that the Manzeppi character lacked the inventiveness and appeal of Loveless.

    • This is the first episode to make use of the agents' new escape route through the fireplace on the train.

    • "Eccentrics" was chosen by CBS, due to its colorful villainy, and colorful sets, to launch the series' second season, the first in color. Manzeppi was tailor-made to be another recurring supervillain, along with Loveless, but sadly made only one further appearance, in "TNOT Feathered Fury."