Alexander Waverly is scheduled to receive an honorary degree at his alma mater, Blair University. UNCLE is on guard to protect Waverly against an assassination attempt by Thrush.

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Dean Timothy Dwight
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Minerva Dwight (as Carole Shelyne)
Melanie Alexander ...
Patricia Darling
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Jonathan Trumbull
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Gregory Haymish
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Dr. Silas Neary
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Joel Michaels ...
Williams
Don Conreaux ...
Robinson
Shannon Gaughan ...
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Alexander Waverly is scheduled to receive an honorary degree at his alma mater, Blair University. UNCLE is on guard to protect Waverly against an assassination attempt by Thrush.

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14 April 1967 (USA)  »

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When the fake Dean spins the cylinder prior to the assignation attempt, we can see that all 5 rounds have dimples on their firing caps indicating that the rounds have already been expended. See more »

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Alexander Waverly: Eh, try and be a bit more discrete in the future, Mr. Solo.
Napoleon Solo: Yes, sir.
Dean Timothy Dwight: And please, gentlemen, leave my daughter out of this! Since you've arrived, Minerva's been in jail, she's been in a brawl, Jonathan Trumbull has threatened to have me fired, the students are getting out of hand, and I think I am on the nerve of a vergious breakdown!
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A calamity on the campus
29 May 2012 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Stanford Sherman's 'The Cap & Gown Affair' rounded off Season 3, the most controversial of the four 'M.F.U.' seasons. In fairness, some love its colourful, way-out campery, but others see it as the point where the show went into decline. Jon Heitland, author of the definitive guide to 'M.F.U'., did not mince words when he titled a chapter: 'Snatching Defeat From The Jaws Of Victory: How A Good Show Went Bad'.

The story begins with THRUSH blowing up a limousine containing Mr.Waverly. Only he is not in it; a life-like dummy is. The U.N.C.L.E. chief is due to get an honorary degree from Blair University, which he is determined to accept, even if it makes him a prime target for THRUSH. Illya poses as a student ( ! ) and mingles with a protest group who oppose the Waverly visit, while Solo gets to hang about with 'Dean Timothy Dwight' ( Henry Jones ) and his lovely daughter 'Minerva'. THRUSH plans to replace Dwight with a double who will then shoot Waverly at the ceremony...

Directed by george waGGner, this is dull stuff indeed, not as bad as some others this season but not near as good as it should have been. It never recovers from the scene where co-eds thwart THRUSH agents by battering them with pillows. As was the case with the hippies in 'The Pop Art affair', the students are depicted inaccurately. Carolyne Barry

  • who plays 'Minerva' - and Melanie Alexander ( a.k.a. 'Patricia


Darling ) are easy on the eye, but are not enough to sustain interest in a fifty-minute show. The recently deceased actor/director Zalman King appears as 'Hamysh'.

The finale has Solo and Illya, along with Dwight and Minerva, tied up and forced to answer questions on a teaching machine. If they give an incorrect answer, the room will fill with deadly gas. Nice idea but you may have nodded off by the time you get to it.

When 'M.F.U.' returned after the summer break, it was in a completely unrecognisable form. Boris Ingster had moved on, and Anthony Spinner had taken over. Episodes like this would thankfully be things of the past.


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