When teenagers are turning into zombies, Max and 99 go after their idol the Groovy Guru.



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Groovy Guru
Ellen Weston ...
Sharon Vaughn ...
Mickey Morton ...
Cab Driver
Robert Karvelas ...
Larrabee (as Bob Karvelas)
Assistant Guru


When teenagers are turning into zombies, Max and 99 go after their idol the Groovy Guru.

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13 January 1968 (USA)  »

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All the shop windows on the street set used when Max and 99 are waiting for a cab have French names and occupations (avocat, fournisseur). See more »


Dr. Steele tells Max that her "lie pills" last up to fifteen minutes, and provides one pill for him and one for 99. Fifteen minutes of over-the-top lying would hardly be enough time to annoy an interrogator, and is certainly insufficient for extended questioning. See more »


# 99: Max, the lie pill. You took a lie pill!
Maxwell Smart: I did not.
# 99: All right, would you like to kiss me right now?
Maxwell Smart: Yes I would.
[puckers his lips]
# 99: [now completely convinced] You took a lie pill.
[kisses him anyway]
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Kill Kill Kill
Composed by Jerry Scheff, Mike Deasy, Jimmy Gordon & Larry Knechtel
Performed by The Sacred Cows
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Phineas J. Guru, You're the Greatest
2 April 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

In a minor "Tennessee Tuxedo" reunion show, Max and 99 go after the Groovy Guru (Larry Storch) who performed the voice of Tennesse Tuxedo's (Don Adams) personal wikipedia, Phineas J. Whoopie. The Guru is a disc jockey working for KAOS who plans to use mind control and the music of the Sacred Cows (more a parody of animal themed bands--the Byrds, the Monkees, the Beatles--rather than the Grateful Dead I think) to take over the minds of teenagers, have them turn against society and "kill! kill! kill! thrill! thrill! thrill! Bump off the squares!" Before Max meets the Guru he and the Chief visit with CONTROL's beautiful chemist/stripper Dr. Steele ("Young and the Restless" future star Ellen Weston) who gives Max a lie pill that makes him tell lies. Of course he swallows it accidentally and there's a nice sequence (kind of the flip side of Jim Carrey's "Liar, Liar" or Bob Hope's earlier "Nothing But the Truth") in which he can only tell lies. Suspicious Max might have taken the pill, 99 asks if he wants to kiss her. When he answers "I certainly would", she decides he must have taken the pill.

When they get to the Guru's studio, they first meet with the assistant Guru, played by Barry Newman, two years before he hit with "Petrocelli" and "Vanishing Point". He does a fine job getting Max and 99 to contemplate their navels. But the Guru learns their true identities thanks to "the old bug in the rug trick" and tries to put them under his spell. Fortunately Max can make his mind go completely blank. 99 falls under control of the Guru, which allows us to enjoy more of Feldon's dancing.

Although in retrospect it looks like this is another show that kind of got on the wrong side of the 1960's revolution, the script is very funny and Storch creates a vivid KAOS bad guy (you wonder though what Siegfried would have thought of his brand of KAOS) and the music makes a memorable episode.

Storch once again played a guru in Blake Edwards' "S.O.B". Sharon Vaughn plays a double agent courier in the show's cold opening. She looks like she could have been Feldon's stand in. She later sang on the "Electric Horseman" soundtrack with Willie Nelson.

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