Get Smart: Season 1, Episode 8

The Day Smart Turned Chicken (6 Nov. 1965)

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Because Smart has is a witness at a trial, KAOS is trying to prove that he is crazy.



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Episode complete credited cast:
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Phillip Pine ...
Blake (as Phillip E. Pine)
Dr. Fish
Iris Adrian ...
Mrs. Dawson
Richard Karlan ...
George J. Lewis ...
Frank Biro ...
Don Brodie ...
Costume Man


Because Smart has is a witness at a trial, KAOS is trying to prove that he is crazy.

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6 November 1965 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The Chief while under oath is coaxed by Max to reveal his real first name, Thaddeus. See more »


When Simon Oakland is preparing to jump out of the window in the courtroom, you can see his shadow on the backdrop of the skyscrapers behind him. See more »


Maxwell Smart: Now remember doctor, I want you to wipe everything from your memory.
Dr. Fish: Wipe everything from my memory. Eh... even my twelve dollars?
Maxwell Smart: Especially your twelve dollars.
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Crazy like a Max
22 May 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Max has just finished a long and tiring case that had him travel all over the world. He gets a knock at the door and a man dressed as a cowboy (Simon Oakland) with a knife in his back staggers in with a warning about an impending assassination attempt. Only when the Chief arrives, there's no sign of the cowboy! Could an overtired Max have imagined it? The Chief leaves and the cowboy reappears, telling Max an ambassador is to be murdered at a costume party that night. Max springs to action, gets a costume and goes to save the ambassador. Only its NOT a costume party and there is no attempt made on the ambassador. Everybody thinks Max is a deranged lunatic, which is unfortunate since he is the key witness testifying in a case against KAOS.

The scene where the cowboy keeps dying then coming to life is one of the series best. Both Adams and Oakland show off perfect timing. Iris Adrian as Max's neighbor Mrs. Dawson, is screamingly funny. She's wonderfully loud and sarcastic, slightly reminiscent of Ethel Merman's character in "It's a Mad, Mad World". Howard Caine is good as Dr. Fish (he would later return to the series as Dr. Smith and the memorable actor Bediyoskin)and the ending is a classic as Max tries to prove to a court (and the Chief) he is not crazy, while once again discovering a clue that solves the case and shows that while a bumbler, he occasionally does do good work.

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