Elroy Browne, who defected to Red China during the 1964 Olympics in Japan, appeared disillusioned and dissatisfied during a series of appearances in Hong Kong. Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott are assigned to approach Browne to see if he wants to return to the United States. If Browne is interested, his life will be in danger from Red Chinese agents who won't want their star athlete "showdog" to un-defect. Written by
According to his commentary on the 2002 DVD release, Robert Culp wrote several scripts for 'I Spy' on his own initiative after being dissatisfied with the script for the show's pilot episode. Culp had already written episodes for several other TV series by this time. See more »
Prior to the epilogue, Kelly breaks his left arm and is shown with it in a sling and bandaged. The epilogue, which takes place soon after, shows him with his arm in perfect working order and no indication of an injury. See more »
That's a pretty dangerous game he's playing, whatever it is.
It's not a game he's playing. He was rolling drunks in the streets of Chicago when he was twelve. With a little luck and less talent, he could have gone to the gas chamber.
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I loved this show in re-runs as a kid and wanted to see if it held up. Episode One does. Forget about the barrier breaking BS surrounding Bill Cosby being cast as the co-star. It's a good show without the agenda pushing crapola.
What interesting in this episode is the two main black characters are written as equals but the Chinese characters are all stereo type chinamen!! One of them even speaks in a mock accent more offensive than Rosie O'Donnell's version!
What's up with that?
Plot: Leroy Browne,defects to China during the 1964 Olympics in Japan. Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott are assigned to approach Browne to see if he wants to come back to the U.S. If Browne is interested, his life may be in danger from Chinese agents who won't want to the star athlete to un-defect. Why they care is that they gave him $250K to defect. Why? Who knows? Plot hole.
The other huge hole in the plot, it seems to me, is that Browne isn't a likable character. He's rude and angry and condescending to everyone, so we simply just don't care about what happens to him.
I want to also say, parenthetically, that the promotional material for this show shows the characters in B&W, but the episode is in color. Wonder why? I know that color TV was not ubiquitous yet when this show went on the air, but if the only versions released today are in color, why do they show the characters in B&W on the collateral material?
And BTW, the color really pops. It looks like it might have been filmed in Technicolor and it's really held up in the transfer.
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