Get Smart: Season 4, Episode 7

A Tale of Two Tails (2 Nov. 1968)

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While working at the CONTROL spy school Max has two students trail 99 thinking that she is running errands. She is actually on assignment and she thinks that they are KAOS agents.



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Episode cast overview:
Victor Sen Yung ...
Clarice Gillis ...
Robert Karvelas ...
Vic Greco ...
Caruso (as Vic Grecco)


Max takes over as a substitute teacher at the CONTROL training school and is given the task of trying to help two failing recruits, Lundy and Caruso, graduate with their class. In last desperate attempt to help them graduate, he assigns them the task of tailing 99 who is on an assignment to gather various items containing an important formula while shopping for her and Max's wedding. However, 99 mistakes the two recruits for KAOS agents and now Max must tail his two students. Written by Brian Washington <>

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2 November 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lundy (Fred Willard) and Caruso (Vic Greco) are agents 198 and 199. Greco & Willard were a comedy team at the time. According to Willard, they were offered a spin-off series but their agent turned it down without asking them. See more »


When Max writes his name on the blackboard using the invisible chalk, his motions do not match the signature when it is revealed by the eraser. See more »


Maxwell Smart: Agent 99 happens to be one of Control's shadowing experts. As a matter of fact, she won the Lamont Cranston Award three years in a row.
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References A Tale of Two Cities (1935) See more »

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Life is a Kumquat
23 April 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Very uneven episode looks like it was a possible pilot for the comedy team of Willard and Greco. The team broke up a year or so after this, with Fred Willard going on to Second City and the Ace Trucking Company and Vic Greco apparently leaving show business to work in education at Nazareth College.

Max and 99 are planning to go wedding shopping when the Chief assigns Max to be a substitute teacher at spy school, where his only two students are Lundy (Willard) and Caruso (Greco) (though Senor Sock would be remiss if he did not mention Russo's lovely girlfriend Tina, played by Clarice Gillis). They are failing in disarming and tailing, so Max gives them careful instruction. They have a funny pantomime bit about disarming and then Max assigns them to try and tail his fiancé, 99.

In the meantime, 99 has been assigned to collect all three parts of the top secret Gaul formula and to deliver it to Lum Fong, CONTROL's top cryptologist. When she makes Lundy and Caruso following her, she concludes they are KAOS agents.

I had no idea Fred Willard ever had a partner and its interesting to watch him as part of a team. Victor Sen Yung, who played Charlie Chan's number two son here plays the deadly master of disguise Yamasaki (he's Japanese but can fool everyone into thinking he's Chinese) and is good if you can overlook a bit of borderline racist dialog (the old "L"'s turn into "R's" trick). What's worse is that bit of dialog contains a "Lum and Abner" ("Rum and Abner") reference that was probably dated even then. The final fight with Yung dueling Adams with flat irons is easily the episode's highlight, although the Cone of Silence does make another appearance and we learn it was invented by Professor Cohn.

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