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"Get Smart" A Tale of Two Tails (1968)

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Life is a Kumquat

6/10
Author: zsenorsock from Argentina
23 April 2008

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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