Get Smart: Season 5, Episode 23

What's It All About, Algie? (24 Apr. 1970)

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Algie's Nursery is using plants to spy on people in Washington.



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Algernon DeGrasse


Algie's Nursery is using plants to spy on people in Washington.

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The title is based on a line from the Burt Bacharach song 'Alfie'. See more »


Algernon DeGrasse: [aiming a gun at Max & 99] That's a very interesting picture of you in the Control file, Mr. Smart.
Maxwell Smart: Thank you.
Algernon DeGrasse: But why were you sitting on a pony?
Agent 99: It was taken on his birthday.
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Spoofs Alfie (1966) See more »

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9 February 2008 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Algernon DeGrasse (John Van Dreelen) runs a plant nursery that is a front for a KAOS operation. Max is sent in to work undercover as a handyman and find out how DeGrasse is using the shop to spy on top Washington power brokers after the previous CONTROL undercover operative is eaten by a Brazilian plant that bears a strong resemblance to the one from "Little Shop of Horrors".

The funniest stuff in this episode are the exchanges between Larabee and the Chief. Given more and more to do in this final season after literally being the "take them away, Larabee" guy, Robert Karvalas comes through with flying colors as he frustrates the Chief by being even dumber than Max. Unfortunately neither Adams nor Feldon get as inspired material to work with.

In addition, Adams sure-handed direction seems to go south on him. During the opening sequence there is an endless sequence as Max tries to burn through a chain link fence using a propane torch (which he keeps lit in a briefcase!!!) and then he shoots a scene in the Chief's office where the master is shot from a high angle but all the close-ups are shot eye level. It comes off as pretentious and the effect is jarring to say the least, totally detracting from the comedy.

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