Get Smart (1965–1970)
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Temporarily Out of CONTROL 

Max is temporarily called back into the Navy and he is the Chief's superior officer. They have to get back to CONTROL and are sent to the brig.

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Max is temporarily called back into the Navy and he is the Chief's superior officer. They have to get back to CONTROL and are sent to the brig.

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14 December 1968 (USA)  »

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Max, as an officer, is addressing sailors, and when he turns the camera focuses on his hand, in which he is fidgeting with steel balls, a tribute to the captain played by Humphrey Bogart in The Caine Mutiny. See more »

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When Max is outside in uniform, pacing back and forth, giving orders to the few crewmen the camera cuts in close to him. At that point the wind is blowing his necktie. The camera then pulls back to focus on all the characters there. At that point his necktie is perfectly tucked into his pants. See more »

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Chief: José Vargas is going to be in Washington this week. He'll only be here two days and I wanted to be here to see him.
Maxwell Smart: Well I hardly think that a Spanish flamenco dancer is more important than my honeymoon.
Chief: Max, José Vargas is a member of the Spanish Secret Service.
Maxwell Smart: Oh that José Vargas, well he's a member of the S.S.S.
Chief: The S.S.S., S.S.S.
Maxwell Smart: The S.S.S., S.S.S., S.S.S?
Chief: The Spanish Secret Service Strategic Security Staff.
Maxwell Smart: Of course. The Spanish Securita Saff, seeve, secret service, secret Spanish staff,...
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A Sinking Ship
3 January 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Just when a top secret foreign secret agent is due in Washington, both Max and the Chief are called into active duty with the naval reserve. Only as it turns out, Max is an ensign while the Chief is a lowly seaman, and thus 86 is the superior officer.

When the Chief discovers KAOS got them assigned to the carrier so they'd be out of the way so that no one can tell an impostor has replaced the visiting foreign agent, their job is to get off the ship and tell 99 before she turns over valuable information to the phony.

Apparently the producers got naval cooperation and permission to shoot aboard a helicopter carrier (number #10 for those in the know) and that's what inspired this rather uninspired episode. Yes, Max does another Bogart reference as he clinks the steel balls in his hand like Captain Queeg and Max does come up with a funny way to get to see the Captain. But a lot of the gags fall flat as they try to escape their prison cell and Max (accidentally of course) inflates a life raft indoors. In addition, the script makes Max a little too dumb. In one example, when he and the Chief are about to fly in a helicopter, he asks where the wings are and tries to back off when he learns there aren't any. Helicopters weren't exactly rare in 1968, so Max comes off sounding like a simpleton.

Buster Keaton showed what a great prop a large ship can be in "The Navigator". Apparently nobody involved with this episode saw it.


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