Get Smart: Season 5, Episode 12

Is This Trip Necessary? (12 Dec. 1969)

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Everybody in CONTROL is suffering from bad dreams. Max and 99 have to investigate KAOS's operations at the Dartfoot Spring Water Company.



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Nora Denney ...
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Robert Karvelas ...
Dr. Jarvis Pym


Everybody in CONTROL is suffering from bad dreams. Max and 99 have to investigate KAOS's operations at the Dartfoot Spring Water Company.

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When the Chief describes the President's dream to Max and 99 he tells them that it involved him firing his whole cabinet and replacing them with the members of Jefferson Airplane. Of course, during this time the president was Richard Nixon and he almost did have a meeting with a member of the Airplane. Sometime around this period Grace Slick was invited to a White House tea for alumni of Finch College, where Tricia Nixon also attended, albeit a few years later. Slick was invited under her maiden name of Wing and she intended to use the occasion to pull a prank on Nixon. Her intent was to get close to the President and put a small amount of LSD into his tea. Slick also invited radical leader Abbie Hoffman to go to the White House with her. However, Secret Service recognized the pair and escorted them off the premises before Nixon could be dosed. See more »


Sodium Calcium Chloride is a chemical impossibility. Sodium and calcium are both metals, chlorine is a nonmetal. Just the word "chloride" without "mono" or "di" would indicate an ionic bond. These are formed with metals and nonmetals, however only one metal can bond with one nonmetal. Sodium Calcium Chloride (which would be NaCaCl3 if it was real) has two metals in it, and therefore is an impossible composition. See more »


Maxwell Smart: Of course! The old pestle in the mortar trick.
Dr. Jarvis Pym: No, the old mortar in the mortar trick.
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LSD Trip
1 February 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

The fifth season of "Get Smart" featured a number of name guest stars (Broderick Crawford, Victor Bueno, John Dehner) as villains. This episode might feature the best of these, Vincent Price as mad scientist Dr. Pyn.

Price certainly seems to be having a great time as Pyn, a KAOS scientist who is making CONTROL agents and top government officials (including the President) hallucinate and go into weird LSD-like trips (the opening sequence where Max sees himself as an Indian Chief, wearing snowshoes while burping his baby crocodile while 99 is made up half white and half black like Frank Gorshin in the "Star Trek" episode "Let This Be Your Last Battlefield" is truly something to see). He demands $50 million or else he will send all Washington into a one-way trip that there's no returning from.

Besides Price, there's some pretty good jokes all around as Max and 99 try and sneak into the water bottling plant and go on a tour (after meeting a woman with a strange little boy named Luden!). There's a great scene with Max and 99 trapped in a "unbreakable" glass trap. And a nice ending in which Pyn plans to poison himself but Max plans to foil him with an antidote kept in a secret compartment in a ring.

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