The Wild Wild West (1969)

Season 2 Episode 9

The Night of the Watery Death

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Nov 11, 1966 on CBS
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The Night of the Watery Death
A mysterious dragon-like creature is blowing up American ships, and Jim and Artie must determine the cause.

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  • A Loch Ness monster-type creation seems to be blowing up ships. What or who is behind this? Jim & Artie to the rescue!

    I liked this show when it originally aired, during my pre-teen and teen years. Some episodes were better than others, and this was not one of the best. I will admit to watching ONLY because John van Dreelen, a favorite actor of mine, was a guest star. Boy, this role proved that he either needed the money, or had a great sense of humor, or both. Dressed to the nines as the Marquis de la Mer, John was really out there in this part. One had to suspend disbelief during the whole show, but I paid more attention to the scenes that featured John rather than the other stuff that was going on. Of course, as all villains do, the Marquis was vaniquished by the end of the episode, his creation destroyed, and all was right with the world, thanks to Jim West.moreless
  • A madman with his sights on an undersea kingdom.

    This episode was fun, if a little hokier than some of the others. It's a plot right out of a James Bond movie (or "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.") The pacing drags until Jim is captured by Le Mer...before that, it seems like we see endless shots of Jim and Artie walking through the waterfront streets. We've got a villain this week with a "way out there" scheme, but he's dealt with too quickly by Jim and Artie. Also (and granted, it is TV, but still...) that Le Mer would go to such great lengths to get Jim on the ship at the beginning made no sense. He'd have been better off killing Jim to keep him from ruining the plan in the end!

    My other beef was with the matter disintegrator forcefield. It was a neat trick the first time it was used, but Le Mer had at least four of them, always popping up whenever it was most convenient.moreless
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Guest Star

John Ashley

John Ashley

Lt. Keighley

Guest Star

Forrest Lewis

Forrest Lewis

Captain Pratt

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • In the episode "The Night of the Returning Dead," it took place 13 years after the Civil War began. That would make it 1874. In this episode, West said that Admiral Farragut is arriving but Farragut died in 1870.

    • Disguises: Swedish sailor

    • Gadgets: wrist knife, boot tip knife, explosive magnetic coin designed to blow up at high temperature

    • When the Marquis prepares to launch his "torpedo," when it's above the hatch there's nothing dripping from the bottom. But when they cut to a shot of it being lowered into the water, there are two streams of water draining down from the bottom.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • The Marquis: You imply that I'm not practical?
      Jim: No, I said you're cracked.

    • Keighley: Ah, Gordon, prey what have you dredged up from the briny, Neptune himself? (chuckles and leaves)
      Artie: I bet that man furnishes enough wind to sail his own ship.

    • Jim: Artie, are you sure that your voice is up to addressing this, um, society?
      Artie: Are you kidding? I can reach the last row of a showboat while doing a buck-and-wing, fighting a bout with double pneumonia.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Commercial breaks: the Marquis standing over Jim (ur), a dragon torpedo (ul), Jim in front of the force field (lr), the Wanderer (ll)


    • Artie: Are you kidding? I can reach the last row of a showboat while doing a buck-and-wing...
      A buck-and-wing is a solo tap dance, with the emphasis on sharp loud taps.

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