Thrush is planning to tap into UNCLE's main computer in New York City. To do so, the criminal organization is bankrolling a musical play that will provide cover for the group's real plan.

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Joan Huntington ...
Linda Lamentiere
Shari Lewis ...
Janet Jerrod
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David X. Machina
Charles Dierkop ...
Adolph
Peggy Taylor ...
Eileen Osborne
Sharyn Hillyer ...
Wanda
Herbert Bress ...
Paul Hastenbrook
Dick Crockett ...
Hugo
Robert F. Hoy ...
Claude (as Bob Hoy)
Lennie Weinrib ...
Winky Blintz
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Thrush is planning to tap into UNCLE's main computer in New York City. To do so, the criminal organization is bankrolling a musical play that will provide cover for the group's real plan.

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"The show must go on!"
12 September 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Eileen Osbourne ( Peggy Ann Taylor ), an actress in a dreadful New York theatre production, warns Solo of a threat to the U.N.C.L.E. organisation. She is later found dead in her dressing room. From a captured THRUSH agent, Waverly has obtained information from the U.N.C.L.E. computer, so clearly the evil organisation has found a way to tap into it. As the theatre is only a few blocks away from U.N.C.L.E. H.Q., he thinks THRUSH might be using it as cover. They are, even going so far as to procure a new leading lady, Linda Lamentiere ( Joan Huntington ).

Solo turns up posing as a talent scout while Illya masquerades first as a plumber and then an actor. True enough, THRUSH have constructed a secret tunnel from the theatre to U.N.C.L.E. H.Q. Illya blows it up. Case over? Far from it. THRUSH have prepared for the eventuality, and built a 'decoy' tunnel...

This Jerry McNeely-scripted episode pokes fun at the theatre in much the same way that 'The Pieces Of Fate Affair' did with literature. Guest star Shari Lewis acts ( and sings ) her socks off as talented understudy Janet Jerrod. Best remembered as a ventriloquist ( remember 'Lamb Chop' and 'Charley Horse'? ), she steals every scene she is in. THRUSH villain David X.Machina ( Leon Askin ) has pumped money into the ailing play in order to maintain the operation. Not the best Season 3 villain, but better than most. The 'fake computer' idea had previously been done in Season 2's 'The Ultimate Computer Affair'.

The scene everyone remembers is Illya's performance of 'A Man Is A Horn' which rivals the 'Springtime For Hitler' scene from 'The Producers' for sheer insanity.

The ending has a fight breaking out on stage between the men from U.N.C.L.E. and THRUSH and the audience think it is part of the play! Wonderful, daft stuff.


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