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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