The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 2 Episode 7

The Night of the Poisonous Posey

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Oct 28, 1966 on CBS
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The Night of the Poisonous Posey
While on vacation, the agents receive an odd welcome when they pass through the town of Justice, Nevada. The town turns out to be the hangout for a group of international criminals assembled by Lucrece Posey, who is planning on heading a world-wide criminal organization.

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  • Too much camp and not enough suspense to hold interest.

    The episode plays at a high level of camp along the lines of the "Batman" television series or "Lost In Space" color episodes. The main problems are the goofy criminals and the subplot concerning the residents of Justice, Nevada! The most heinous villian caracatures ar that of the Turkish arsonist who practically oozes grease and the Russian simpleton who never stops eating. Neither would make it on BATMAN as even minor henchmen let alone having featured roles! The plot with the weirdly apathetic townsfolk and multi-tasking sheriff/telegraph operator/mayor appears to be in place merely to take the guns and horses away from our heroes.

    If you enjoyed the silliness of "Batman" episodes starring villians like "The Bookworm" and "Ma Barker" then this might be right up your alley. Otherwise --- skip this one!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Sergei throws his two knives at James West, you can see slits in the door where they are actually being pushed through the door by someone on the other side. This special effect was last seen in "The Night of the Eccentrics."

    • Gadgets: sleeve derringer, exploding pellet, vial filled with exploding flash chemical, self-igniting chemical, pocket watch with wire line

    • Disguises: Ascot Sam

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Artie: You know, it's the free sarsaparilla that always gets me. Look, we're on vacation anyway. What do you say we just spend a day or two right here in Justice?
      Jim: Bingo, dancing in the streets--how can we go wrong?

    • Lucrece: First, let me introduce you to the gentlemen who will take care of this matter. Gallito, you know. On my right, Brutus. He dearly loves to smash things. And Cyril, who loves to play with matches. Snakes Tolliver, an explosives expert, and Pinto, a very quiet gentleman who has gone into considerable research in the area of pain... inflicting it, of course. And finally Sergei, from the Steppes of Russia. He dearly loves to eat. Someday he'll swallow the whole world. Hope it won't give him indigestion.

    • Lucrece: Now, my question is, who tipped you off?
      Jim: Do you mind repeating that last question?
      Lucrece: I said who... why should I repeat it?
      Jim: Because when you say "tipped," your nose crinkles adorably, do you know that?
      Lucrece: Mr. West...
      Jim: And another point I'd like to admit. if you'd quit hiding behind that tomboy outfit. I mean, really, you could be quite spectacular. Why don't you get yourself into something silky and soft and, uh... revealing?

    • Artie: Right. I kind of wish I had my gun with me. Makes a nice security symbol
      Jim: Trouble with you is you're spoiled.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Artie: You mean to tell me that all of this Danny Deever bit back here was...?
      Referencing the 1890 poem Danny Deever by Rudyard Kipling, which tells the tale of a British soldier in India being hung for murder, and the reactions of the other soldiers required to watch his execution.