Solo (Robert Vaughn) faces Thrush agents, a girl (Jeannine Reilly), her shotgun-toting father (Gil Lamb) and a preacher (Dub Taylor), as he and Kuryakin (David McCallum) search for exploding apples.


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Episode cast overview:
Colonel Picks
Nina Lillette
Gil Lamb ...
Daddy Jo
Harry Swoger ...
Sheriff Skully
Gardner Brown
Richard Reeves ...
Crew Manager
Bud Perkins ...
Neighbor (as Budd Perkins)
David Armstrong ...
Gloved Thrushman


Solo (Robert Vaughn) faces Thrush agents, a girl (Jeannine Reilly), her shotgun-toting father (Gil Lamb) and a preacher (Dub Taylor), as he and Kuryakin (David McCallum) search for exploding apples.

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Release Date:

24 March 1967 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.33 : 1
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Nina Lillette: Grandpa doesn't take to me riding with strangers. Men strangers that is. He thinks they only have one thing on their minds. You know.
Illya Kuryakin: Napoleon is not like that at all.
Nina Lillette: I know, none of you made a pass at me. Are you sure you're traveling salesmen?
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How do you like them apples?
19 August 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Illya ( disguised as a newspaper seller ) and Solo rendezvous with a nervous man in Groucho Marx style glasses and out-sized nose. He hands over a box containing fresh apples. THRUSH men appear and a fight breaks out, during which one of the apples explodes.

At U.N.C.L.E. H.Q., the apples are found to have been treated using a mysterious process designed to convert them into deadly explosives. THRUSH plans to detonate a large quantity close to a nuclear stockpile, thereby triggering a third world war. The wrapper identifies the county the fruit came from, so Solo and Illya venture deep into the South. Their opponent is one Colonel Picks ( Robert Emhardt ), owner of the biggest orchard in the area and also the local magistrate. When the men from U.N.C.L.E. turn up pretending to be chemical fertiliser salesman, he orders them to leave...

One of the more lunatic offerings of Season 3. Having previously given us big stink bombs, hiccup gas, dancing gorillas, and agents in Yeti suits, it out-pipped them all with a bizarre plot about deadly fruit. I expected this to be rotten to the core, but found it surprisingly sweet. Possibly due to the presence of the golden delicious Jeannine Riley as country girl 'Nina Lillette', whom Solo nearly winds up marrying in a shotgun wedding ( the second time that season Solo almost got hitched that way. The other was in 'The Concrete Overcoat Affair' ). They must have been short on actors this season. Emhardt was also the bad apple in 'The Deadly Smorgasboard Affair'.

The plot was originally set in an Amish community, but the network, fearing that the Amish would take offence, changed it to hillbilly country. Bearing in mind that the Amish lack electricity and television sets, there would have been very few complaints from them in any case ( and possibly the network saw an opportunity to cash in on the success of 'The Beverly Hillbillies' ).

Unlike the last episode I reviewed, this is fairly eventful and has some nice action bits, including a fight in an underground room and a climactic shootout between our heroes and Colonel Picks. I was left speechless at its sheer audacity. And amused.

It was one of the last Season 3 episodes broadcast, and by now viewers must have been wondering what on Earth was going on.

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