I Spy (1965–1968)
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Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott travel to Hong Kong. Their assignment: Persuade an American Olympic star athlete who defected to Red China to return to the United States.

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Mr. Shaw
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Italian Reporter at Press Conference (as Nick Colasanto)
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Mr. Redling
James Shen ...
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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 Bill Koenig

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15 September 1965 (USA)  »

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Trivia

During the scene from the hotel bar, the bellboy is paging "Mr. Lee Weaver." In real life, Lee Weaver (II) is an actor who has worked with Bill Cosby on all of his television shows. He is most memorable as Chet Kincaid's brother on The Bill Cosby Show (1969) and as Ray Nay on A Different World (1987). See more »

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After Kelly shoots the two Chinese agents in the alleyway, Scott says "We better get Elroy, fast", and he and Kelly turn and run back down the stairs. At that point one of the "dead" agents lying in the alleyway raises his arm as if to push himself up off the ground, evidently thinking the scene was over. See more »

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Mickey: We'll be late to the matinee.
Kelly Robinson: Matinee of what?
Alexander Scott: It's his reward. I promised to take him to a movie.
Kelly Robinson: What movie?
Alexander Scott: Uh, it's an English picture. Wonderful cast! Many of your favorite stars in it.
Mickey: The Adventures of Double-O Seven!
Alexander Scott: Right!
Kelly Robinson: Aw, man...
Alexander Scott: No, now listen, don't knock the competition, you may learn something. Listen, this guy is really wonderful, I'm tellin' ya. Not only does he get the women, but he gets them painted all different colors of the rainbow. It's called widescreen ...
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References Goldfinger (1964) See more »

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Good show with some plot holes
5 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

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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