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With an attempt to kidnap Admiral Hardgrade in the works, Max has him stay in his apartment.



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Mr. Bob


With Hymie on assignment, the Chief tells Max that former CONTROL chief Admiral Hardgrade, who is in town for an important conference as well as an old timers softball game, will be Max's new best man. However, KAOS's master of disguise, the Chameleon, is also in town bent on kidnapping the admiral and crashing the conference. Now Max must be on the lookout for the KAOS agent who can perfectly imitate anyone. Also, Max and 99 deal with a rather effeminate interior decorator who they hired to redecorate the apartment prior to the wedding. Written by Brian Washington <>

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9 November 1968 (USA)  »

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The title is a reference to the poem "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. See more »


Chief: [Max and the Chief show each other their special agent badges] Who wrote Little Women?
Maxwell Smart: Lonely little men. Who do you love?
Chief: I wanna to be loved by you, just you and nobody else but you.
Maxwell Smart: I wanna be loved by you, you-ooh-ooh.
ChiefMaxwell Smart: Boop-boop-bee-doo.
Maxwell Smart: Good morning, Chief.
[sits down on desk]
Chief: [sitting down in chair] Morning, Max. I'll certainly be glad when the security alert is over. I spend half my time learning new passwords and countersigns.
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A Welcome Return
15 April 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

With Hymie away on assignment and unable to serve as Max's best man, the Chief orders Max to make Admiral Hargrave (William Schallert) his best man, while protecting him from KAOS. The Admiral is in town for a top secret conference (and to pitch for CONTROL against the CIA softball team) and KAOS has assigned the Chameleon to take him out. The Chameleon is a master of disguise (and as such, they don't even have to hire an actor to play him) and appears as Larabee, the Admiral and 99 at various times in the story.

Schallert is once again fantastic as the Admiral. I often wish the powers that be would have returned him to the Chief's chair for "The Nude Bomb" and "Get Smart Again" after Ed Platt passed away. He's funny and creates a very memorable character. Also making a memorable guest appearance is Jack Cassidy as Mr. Bob, a interior designer 99 hires to redecorate Max's apartment (somebody beat him to it--Max and 99 are locked in a closet just to the right of the main entrance door, where the kitchen was not two episodes ago!) with a fey exterior but a tough interior.

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