In Algiers, Pierrot ( Pat Harrington ) has obtained a rare book of poetry which THRUSH use as a code book, and tries to sell it to U.N.C.L.E., intending to settle down with the girl of his dreams, the lovely Jeannine ( Danielle DeMetz ). The evil organisation naturally wants the book back, and dispatches Colonel Hamid ( Jacques Aubuchon ) to recover it. After lots of running around and fighting, Solo and Kuryakin are successful in their mission, only to learn that the book is worthless.
As 'Pierrot', Pat Harrington Junior makes the first of two appearances this season ( the other was as 'Peter Sweet' in the superior 'The Hula Doll Affair' ). Harrington was the voice of 'The Inspector' in a series of cartoons loosely based on Peter Sellers' 'Inspector Clouseau' character ( which later became part of 'The Pink Panther Show' television series ). He employs the same pseudo-French voice here. Danielle DeMetz also reappeared later in Season 3, in the two-parter 'The Five Daughters Affair'.
One could forgive this episode if there was something - anything - of merit, but there is not. The excitement and humour levels stay at nil throughout. The villains are a bunch of fez-wearing idiots. Its almost as though Solo and Kuryakin have strayed by accident into a grand meeting of the Tommy Cooper Appreciation Society.
Amazingly, this was included on the early V.H.S. releases at the start of the 1990's. I can remember watching it and thinking 'why?'. It beggars belief that M.G.M. Home Video thought this superior to other instalments such as 'The Mad, MAD Tea Party Affair' and others.
According to U.N.C.L.E. historian C.W. Walker, the main villain was supposed to have been 'Colonel Hubris' from Season 2's ' The Deadly Goddess Affair' but actor Victor Buono proved unavailable. Not even he could have saved this. That it took no less than three people to create this inane storyline is nothing short of astonishing!
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