Uncle agents find themselves in the soup of things
This episode is exceptionally well-written and acted. Mother Magda (Ann Sothern) is a famous soup maker , ala Chef Boyardee. She is also in cahoots with THRUSH. Jack Cassidy is excellent as the THRUSH agent, and also George Furth, an under appreciated comedic actor is reliable as ever as Magda's nephew. Adding to the fun are newlyweds Stan Freberg and Joyce Jameson, and also Phil Arnold as a vacationing husband. I might point out a purists' comment on the final trap. ***SPOILER ALERT*** Joyce, Mark Slate, and Mr. Waverly are about to be boiled in Mother Magda's borscht. Traditionally, borscht is red, made of beets. There is a version of spinach borscht, but it is usually called Schav. I know I'm nit-picking. The mixture of comedy and suspense from this fine cast shows how great satire can be when it's performed by true masters of the art. The fun begins when Joyce Jameson thinks that Mark Slate is a detective hired by her father to stop the wedding. Mark has tried to retrieve a piece of microfilm or tape with secret information on it. Joyce thinks it is secret photos, and refuses to give it up. She is kidnapped by Mother Magda along with Mark. Stan and April reluctantly team up to save them; Stan is clueless about the affair, but will do anything to save his bride. Jack Cassidy is smooth as ever, portraying the villain. Mr. Waverly makes his ubiquitous appearance at the end for some comedic effect.
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