Thrush hopes to use a "suspended animation" device, invented by Dr. A.C. Nillson, against UNCLE.



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Episode cast overview:
Illya Kuryakin (credit only)
Neila Nillson
Pamela Curran ...
Inga Bergstrom
Heinrich Beckman
Dr. Nillson
Horst Ebersberg ...
Craig Chudy ...
Thrush Agent
Dr. Pederson


Thrush hopes to use a "suspended animation" device, invented by Dr. A.C. Nillson, against UNCLE.

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Release Date:

13 January 1967 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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What a S.A.D. way to go!
5 June 2012 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

'The Deadly Smorgasbord Affair' was the second of two 'M.F.U.' episodes to be penned by Stanley Ralph Ross, who like Stanford Sherman, had worked on the 'Batman' series. Ironically, his episodes are among the less campy offerings of Season 3. Solo is in Stockholm ( there's no Illya in this episode ) to meet one 'Professor A.C. Nillson' ( Peter Brocco ) who has apparently invented a device that can cause instant suspended animation. He calls it 'S.A.D.' ( Suspended Animation Device ). Of course THRUSH wants it as well. They come very close to getting it in the teaser as Nillson's student daughter 'Inga' ( the stunning Lynn Loring ) accidentally activates the thing while dancing on a desk in a classroom. THRUSH men arrive, but one of them switches it off, and so Solo is able to retrieve the machine.

Several attempts later, they get what they want, and THRUSH villain 'Heinrich Beckman' ( Robert Emhardt ) uses S.A.D. to help him break into U.N.C.L.E.'s Norwegian headquarters. A couple of familiar faces in the cast - Emhardt had been 'Colonel Picks' in 'The Apple A Day Affair' while Pamela Curran - 'Inga Bergstrum - was 'Margo' in 'The Sort Of Do-It-Yourself Dreadful Affair'. Peter Brocco had been one of the three benign scientists - 'Dr.Wu' - to interfere with the world's weather in 'Our Man Flint' ( 1966 ). Loring returned the following season for 'The Test Tube Killer Affair'.

No outstandingly brilliant ideas here, but a decent enough episode. British viewers would not, of course, been aware of the in-joke concerning the professor's name - 'A.C. Nillson' is the American television ratings system.

Directed with his customary vigour by Barry Shear.

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