During Mardi Gras, West is grabbed by a Major Hazard, the leader of a gang of crippled Civil War soldiers seeking revenge on the camp's commandant, Mosely. Jim reluctantly agrees to help them, only to have Mosely taken from him by the soldiers. He tracks them to the abandoned camp where Hazard plans on putting Mosely on trial, but it becomes clear that Hazard has another agenda as well.moreless
Gadgets: fake skull with a Roman candle, sleeve gun, divining rod with extendible electrodes
Disguises: Macbeth (Mardi Gras costume), Mosely, English diviner
Trivia: This episode takes place approximately a year after "The Night of the Big Blast", which was also set during Mardi Gras.
Trivia: Hazard (missing legs), Maberly (missing left arm), Cope (missing right arm), Steinlen (blind), Carter and Quist (facially disfigured)
In the scene where Jim and Mosley are strapped to the post, Artie shows up to rescue them. Jim is released, and a fight starts. Jim jumps off the platform, punches one man, lifts his leg to kick another, and proceeds to split his pants in front. West jumps back on the platform, goes behind a post, and returns without the split.
At the end, Jim flips over the trick table, revealing a decanter, a cup full of tea, and several wine glasses. The tea in the cup is clearly a solid block when Jim flips it over (because the contents would spill), but becomes a liquid in the next shot. Also, the agents immediately lift the glasses off of the table, although they would have had to be glued down to avoid falling off when the tabletop was upside down.
Hazard: I am Major Hazard. My daughter excepted, you are looking at the surviving members of the brotherhood of Hell.
Jim: The alumni of Susquehanna.
Hazard: Honor graduates if you please. And we can prove it by the unique rewards that were given by Mosely. The legs I no longer have. The stylish empty sleeves of Maberly and Cope. Steinlen's empty sockets where some people keep their eyes. And let's not forget Carter and Quist. For them, every day is Mardi Gras. Only for them there'll never be an unmasking. No faces underneath their masks.
Hazard: We've had years to think, plan, and refine a most suitable punishment.
China: And look what's it cost you. First years of hopeless searching, following up every vague lead and idle rumor.
Hazard: A small price to pay.
China: And then when we tracked the beast to his lair and he knew that we found him out, then the beast turned on us.
Hazard: We accepted that, China.
China: And suddenly all our days and nights became a thing of running, hiding, living like a pack of rats in a sewer because that's the only way we could survive.
Hazard: We accepted that, too. Getting Colonel Tacitus Mosely will make it all worthwhile, you'll see.
China: Only you'll never get him.
Hazard: I will!
China: Never! Look at you. You're a collection of broken toys pitting yourselves against a master killer and his army of killers. That's why I've called in Mr. West.
Hazard: And for that I'll never forgive you.
Mosely: Well, for instance, you're young. And I no longer am.
Jim: Well, I apologize for that.
Mosely: A certain type of impressionable female probably still finds you attractive, and never was this the case with me.
Jim: I apologize for that, too.
Mosely: And I suspect you're not entirely without your share of brains, too.
Jim: All of which is leading up to what?
Mosely: All of which is leading up this. You're bumptious, cocksure, unbearable at peace with yourself.
Jim: When the minute hand reaches twelve, it will come in contact with the line attached to the face of the clock. Now, should that minute hand have a sharp cutting edge...
Mosely: By the sheerest coincidence, it does, yes.
Hazard: You're sure he's not dead in that box?
Jim: No, he's not dead. He'll be his old repulsive self long before we reach Washington.
Hazard: Then gentlemen, I give you Colonel Mosely's defense counsel: the Devil's own advocate, Mr. James West.
Richmond: First of all, you and Jim disobey my orders. Take it upon yourselves to break in and smuggle Colonel Mosely out of his own stronghold, right under the noses of his own guards.
Artie: Thank you, sir.
Richmond: I have to give you points for doing a first-rate job.
Commercial breaks: ur: Jim at the manor door, lr: Major Hazard, ll: Jim and Mosely strung up on whipping posts, ul: Jim and Artie having a toast with Richmond
The general theme of this episode seems to keep turning up in other Western shows: a similar concept shows up in the premiere episode of the western series Wildside (right down to the hiding place of the gold and the villain's ultimate fate!) and the premiere episode of The Magnificient Seven also features a Confederate looking for hidden gold.
Most of the major stunt players (Cangey, West, Hughes) get bit parts as members of Hazard's gang.
Artie: Angels and ministers of grace defend us.
Referencing Hamlet, Act I, Scene 4.
Jim: Shoes, ships, sealing wax…
Jim partially quotes from the poem "The Walrus and the Carpenter" from Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1872). The complete line is: "The time has come," the Walrus said, "To talk of many things: Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--Of cabbages--and kings--And why the sea is boiling hot--And whether pigs have wings."
Artie: And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.
Referencing the Bible, Isaiah 2:4. "He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."
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