Get Smart: Season 4, Episode 17

Tequila Mockingbird (18 Jan. 1969)

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Max and 99 travel to Mexico to find the Tequila Mockingbird after another CONTROL agent is killed trying to deliver it to CONTROL.



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Episode cast overview:
Oscar Beregi Jr. ...
Dietrick (as Oscar Beregi)
Lewis Charles ...
Robert Karvelas ...
Poupée Bocar ...
Esperanza (as Poupee Bocar)


Max and 99 travel to Mexico to find the Tequila Mockingbird after another CONTROL agent is killed trying to deliver it to CONTROL.

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The black bird used in the script is a parody of the movie _The Maltese Falcon (1941)_. Music and part of the scenes are a parody of _A Fistful of Dollars (1964)_ and _For A Few Dollars More (1965)_ See more »


When Valdez enters the bar with Max for the first time, Max pours a candlestick into the drink. In the next scene (when makes leaves the bar) it vanishes. When Max's foot gets stuck, it reappears. See more »


Maxwell Smart: [looking at a photograph] So this is the little devil that cost Conrad Palmeter his life.
Agent 99: The millionaire art director? Did he own the Tequila Mockingbird?
Maxwell Smart: Several times. When he was 30, he bought it from a Hindu sailer in the city of Tequila, Mexico. Then 10 years later it was stolen by a Chinese accountant. At the age of 52 Permetta was able to buy it back at an auction in Beirut. Then 10 years later it mysteriously disappeared again. He spend the next 50 years searching for it.
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Spoofs The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) See more »


Canta y No Llores (Cielito Lindo)
Written by Quirino Mendoza
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10 January 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Did they just throw this episode together at the last minute? It seems like this one wasn't thought through much. The title is a parody of "To Kill a Mockingbird". The item Max and 99 are trying to recover resembles "The Maltese Falcon" and comes complete with a fat man named Dietrick (Oscar Berengi Jr., back again after his season two plan to use Fang to destroy Max and 99 failed). The big climax is a parody of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly". Somebody needed to figure out what they were parodying and to stick with it. The Clint Eastwood parody might have been the best choice. As is, that part of the show is easily the highlight.

The story has a CONTROL agent named Esperanza (Poupee Bocar, who also appeared in the episode "Die Spy" and even stranger, the "Banacek" episode titled "If Max is So Smart, Why Doesn't He Tell Us Where He Is?") coming across the legendary Tequilla Mockingbird. Before she can tell CONTROL where its hidden (using Morse code through castanets!) she is killed. Max and 99 are sent to Mexico to find where she hid it. 99 replaces the ill-fated Esperanza and even gets a chance to lip-sync somebody else's song. A comic highlight is the work of character actor Lewis Charles who plays Valdez, the chief of police. He seems to be channeling Chico Marx in his performance.

Don Adams, who did some decent directing in past shows, gets a little sloppy here. He misses shots and blows a couple of jokes with his framing. Of particular note is the scene where Esperanza is performing and Dietrick orders Valdez to kill her. Valdez asks "In front of all these people?" The shot screams for a wide shot to show the place is empty. Instead we have a tight two-shot. Nevertheless, the laugh track obediently busts a gut as though the shot was there anyway.

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