Its Presidential Election time, and the shoo-in candidate appears to be Senator Bryant ( Richard Anderson ). Fearing trouble, U.N.C.L.E. sends Napoleon Solo to San Francisco to watch over his wife Miranda ( Diana Hyland ). At a beauty parlour, a switch is made while Solo waits outside her cubicle. The double is detected through her voice patterns
they do not match those on file. Solo informs the Senator, who
refuses to believe that the woman he now thinks of as his wife is an impostor.
Whilst travelling by car, he forces the double to swallow truth pills, but she adamantly insists she is Miranda Bryant. THRUSH intends using the double to influence Bryant's decision making...
This is an unusual episode by Season 3 standards, with some slight rewriting it might have fitted into the more sober Season 4. The 'switch' scene looks similar to one in the film 'Our Man Flint' starring James Coburn.
Richard Anderson is well cast as 'Bryant'. You feel he really could make it as President. As 'Miranda' and her double 'Irina', the late Diana Hyland is impressive. As Bill Koenig has noted, she gets to do more physical stuff here than Stefanie Powers managed in all 29 instalments of 'The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.'. Larry D.Mann is Bryant's campaign manager 'Arnold Fairbanks'. He previously appeared in Season 2's 'The King Of Diamonds Affair' ( one of my favourites ) as 'Blodgett, and reappeared in Season 3's 'The Gap & Gown Affair' ( not one of my favourites ) as 'Jonathan Trumbull'.
A few touches of political satire would not have gone amiss here, but it is good all the same.
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