Mandor, a former high-ranking Thrush official, supposedly has defected to UNCLE. In reality, he is providing information that will weaken his enemies within Thrush; Mandor is angling to ...
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Mandor, a former high-ranking Thrush official, supposedly has defected to UNCLE. In reality, he is providing information that will weaken his enemies within Thrush; Mandor is angling to take over Thrush in a power play. However, a former Mandor associate is hunting him. Mandor arranges it so that Illya Kuryakin is captured, forcing UNCLE to kill the Thrushman hunting Mandor. Napoleon Solo must rescue Kuryakin and then deal with Mandor. Written by
In the first few minutes of the show the UNCLE car is stopped by barrels in the road and a pursuer's truck crashes beside it and the occupant is killed. A minute later when Solo is led out of his car, the burning truck (and all signs of it) is gone along with the dead body and the position of his own car has moved relative to the guard rail. See more »
This is an interesting, well-written episode ( by Boris Sobelman ), boasting a not dissimilar plot to Len Deighton's novel ( and film ) 'Funeral In Berlin'. In that, a Russian General ( Oscar Homolka ) pretended to defect to the West in order to smoke out an old enemy. Here we have THRUSH official Pharos Mandor ( Jack Lord ) pretending to defect to U.N.C.L.E. so as to rid himself of a rival called Valandros ( Nehemiah Persoff ). To prove his good faith, Mandor blows the lid on THRUSH's Turkey division, which U.N.C.L.E. then put out of action. Illya is captured by Valandros, necessitating a daring rescue from Solo.
The power struggle within THRUSH's ranks makes a nice change from the standard 'U.N.C.L.E. vs. THRUSH' format. Playing 'Mandor' is Jack Lord, just before his ten year stint as 'Steve McGarrett' in 'Hawaii Five-O'. Nememiah Persoff, who plays 'Valandros', seems to have guested in every show on American television at some time or other. He was in one of my favourite 'Mission: Impossible' episodes - 'Odds On Evil'. His character here is that of a bombastic, ranting oaf, and as such is a contrast to the placid 'Mandor'. Mandor's girlfriend is played by the lovely Leslie Parrish, an actress who, rather like Linda Gaye Scott, could be relied on to brighten up any show she was in.
For once, Lisa Rogers ( Barbara Moore ) gets to do something, namely demonstrating some of U.N.C.L.E.'s gadgets to Leslie. It is hinted that she once used one of these to put Solo in his place!
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