Get Smart: Season 2, Episode 10

The Greatest Spy on Earth (19 Nov. 1966)

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CONTROL sends 86 and 99 into a circus to look for a smuggling operation.



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Episode cast overview:
Pepper Hanlon
Mickey Manners ...
Stacy Keach Sr. ...
Carlson (as Stacy Keach)
Harry Varteresian ...
Hondo the Strongman
Victor Lundin ...
Raymond the Magnificent


CONTROL sends 86 and 99 into a circus to look for a smuggling operation.

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The name of the circus is Farnum and Daley, a name patterned after the real-life circus Barnum and Bailey. See more »


Carlson: We've developed this special equipment. Inside this camera is a hidden tape recorder. And this tape recorder actually conceals a hidden camera!
Maxwell Smart: May I ask you a question, Professor Carlson?
Carlson: Certainly.
Maxwell Smart: Eh, why hide a tape recorder in a camera and a camera in a tape recorder? Why not just take pictures with the camera and record with the recorder?
Carlson: Because my mind doesn't work that way, that's why.
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References The Greatest Show on Earth (1952) See more »

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Send in the Clowns
21 March 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Fairly weak episode has 86 and 99 try and find out what's going on with a circus after one of their agents wearing the rattiest and most unbelievable gorilla costume I've ever seen is killed. They run across the usual suspects: the knife thrower; the midget; the strong man; the chimp. None of it is very inspired or more than mildly funny. Max is given a number of gags that make him too dumb (these types of gags came more often in later seasons as the original writers left and lost the nuances of the Smart character). Too much of the script construction is in the form of question/answer gags, which get tiresome quickly.

The only real highlights are seeing a young Paul Dooley fresh out of Second City as the press agent for the circus and seeing the Chief dressed up as a clown.

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