Third season changes radically from the first two seasons
This is the premiere episode of It Takes a Thief as it began the third season without the Noah Bain character (Malachi Throne). The series producers decided to go to Italy to film the third season and to relegate the Noah Bain character to cameo appearances back in the US. Malachi Throne objected to this change and left the show. The original premise of the Al Mundy character being monitored by the SIA in each episode of the first two seasons appear to have been discarded to change him into some kind of James Bond spy who goes on foreign ventures. The Italian episodes appear to be focused on the scenery and not on the plot. The series lost much of its humor and attraction by this shift in scenery and character change. Midway through the third season, it appears that the producers abandoned the foreign theme and returned Al Mundy back to the USA and added special guest stars to the cast (like Fred Astaire, Betty Davis, Elsa Lancaster), but by then it was too late and the series was canceled.
Bottom line, the producers killed the show by changing the locale of the episodes and Al Mundy's character. The humorous bits in the first two seasons are completely missing in the third season.
This particular episode dealt with Al in Venice where he steals a computer part from the Russians and they hire an agent to poison him. The female Russian agent appears to have been a good friend of Al's even though she poisons him. He is told to return the computer part or he will not get the antidote. Al comes up with a way to trick the Russians in the end and save his own life.
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