The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Season 3, Episode 23

The Pieces of Fate Affair (24 Feb. 1967)

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A young woman's novel reads uncomfortably similar to UNCLE cases involving Thrush. UNCLE investigates whether the woman, who has lost her memory following an attack, may have had access to secret Thrush records.

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Jacqueline Midcult
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Jody Moore
Theodore Marcuse ...
Ellipsis Zark (as Theo Marcuse)
Richard Collier ...
Oedipus Buck
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Sharyn Hillyer ...
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A young woman's novel reads uncomfortably similar to UNCLE cases involving Thrush. UNCLE investigates whether the woman, who has lost her memory following an attack, may have had access to secret Thrush records.

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Illya Kuryakin: Humor is the gadfly on the corpse of tragedy.
Napoleon Solo: Pushkin?
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The deadly diaries
12 August 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Bestselling author Jacqueline Midcult ( Sharon Farrell ) goes on a talk-show to discuss her new spy novel, entitled 'The Pieces Of Fate'. Solo and Kuryakin are in the audience. The host invites questions, and a man tries to shoot Midcult.

Mr.Waverly has noticed that many characters and incidents in the novel appear to be based on real-life events. Discounting the possibility of an U.N.C.L.E. security leak, he wonders whether Midcult has found the lost diaries of THRUSH historian Charles Coltrane. Said diaries were rumoured to contain details of forthcoming THRUSH operations.

They cannot ask Midcult as she is suffering from mild amnesia. At a literary party thrown by Jody Moore ( Grayson Hall ), the author is kidnapped and subjected to brainwashing...

Written by Harlan Ellison, this was not repeated for years due to a legal problem. Ellison had based one character on a friend, the noted science fiction author and critic Judith Merril. Her daughter saw the episode, was angered, and a lawsuit resulted. When it resurfaced in 1985, the name 'Judith Merle' was replaced by 'Jody Moore' ( though when the performers speak in my copy the original name can be heard ).

One of the better Season 3 episodes, containing many sly jokes at the expense of television and the literary world, but stops short of being a classic. Possibly the flat ending might have had something to do with it.

This was Sharon Farrell's third appearance in 'M.F.U'. She had earlier been in Season 1's 'The Double Affair' and 'The Minus X Affair' the following year. Theo Marcuse, who sadly died in a road accident a few months after this went out, was in Season 2's 'The Recollectors Affair'.

Like I said, some lovely touches of wicked humour to be found here. When THRUSH's brainwashing temporarily causes Midcult to regress to childhood ( she begins acting like a seven year old ), Illya comments: "With a mentality like that, she really could write a bestseller!". Ouch!


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