Get Smart: Season 3, Episode 3

Witness for the Persecution (7 Oct. 1967)

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KAOS is going to stop Smart from testifying against one of their agents.

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Episode cast overview:
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Chief (credit only)
George Ives ...
Dr. Bascomb
Patty Regan ...
Mrs. Macklin
Henry Hunter ...
Elwood Tudbury
James Nolan ...
Cop
Billy Curtis ...
El Lobo-Ito
Kathryn Minner ...
Little Old Lady
Robert Karvelas ...
Larrabee (as Bob Karvelas)
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KAOS is going to stop Smart from testifying against one of their agents.

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Trivia

First episode to reveal the new decoration/color scheme of Maxwell Smart's apartment. See more »

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There is a boom shadow in the scene where Smart is in the bedroom and 99 lets him know he's being watched on closed circuit TV. It's very obvious as he steps away from the wall. See more »

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Maxwell Smart: But 99, you can't stay here all night.
# 99: Oh Max, we're in this together. I wanna feel that you're safe.
Maxwell Smart: But you're a girl. What if my mother walked in? She just got used to seeing me in long pants.
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Spoofs Witness for the Prosecution (1957) See more »

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When the Saints Go Marching In
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Sung by Don Adams
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Witless for the Prosecution
13 November 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Painful episode to watch has Max the target of KAOS killers who wish to eliminate him before he can testify against one of their men in court. CONTROL's new scientist Dr. Bascomb (George Ives) first designs new security measures at Max's apartment (sadly, they are not as good as the old security measures we've previously seen in Max's apartment). However Max is evicted after most of his apartment is destroyed. So moves in with Dr. Bascomb. The episode really suffers from the absence of Ed Platt as the Chief. Clearly the part of Bascomb was supposed to be Platt's but was rewritten for Ives. For whatever reason Platt was unavailable and while Ives is passable, he's no Platt and his character has no history with Max. Better they would have rewritten the part for Agent 13 or Hymie or even Larabee. But character in this script is sacrificed for what passes for as jokes as Max is suddenly afraid of thunder and "gollywoggles". He sings "When the Saints Go Marching In" before bed. The only real good moments happen when Max tries to cross the street to testify. Buck Henry left the show after the second season and here it really shows.


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