The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: Season 1, Episode 4

The Shark Affair (13 Oct. 1964)

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UNCLE agents Solo and Kuryakin are assigned to investigate hijackings at sea, where people are abducted from ships by a ship flying a pirate flag. The lead pirate, Captain Shark, believes ... See full summary »

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UNCLE agents Solo and Kuryakin are assigned to investigate hijackings at sea, where people are abducted from ships by a ship flying a pirate flag. The lead pirate, Captain Shark, believes the world will soon inevitably be destroyed by World War III and views his ship as a modern-day Noah's Ark. Written by Bill Koenig

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Illya Kuryakin: I'll attack the guard.
[the door opens and knocks Illya onto the couch]
Illya Kuryakin: Mr. Barnman, your wife has arrived.
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The Would-Be Noah
20 June 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Another early outing for the intrepid U.N.C.L.E. duo. Screened as the second episode in the United Kingdom ( 'The Quadripartite Affair' was first ) with 'The Radio Times' ( the official B.B.C. T.V. guide ) putting the show on the front cover that week, and carrying an article on the growing cult that was 'M.F.U.'.

Solo and Kuryakin investigate a number of mysterious hijackings at sea, all carried out by a ship flying a pirate flag. In each case, what is stolen is not money but people, ordinary individuals skilled in different ways. Posing as shipwreck survivors, our heroes are picked up by the pirate ship, run by one 'Captain Shark' ( Robert Culp ), a former U.S. military officer who, after witnessing the first atomic bomb tests, became convinced that World War Three was inevitable. So he has been creating his own private 'Noah's Ark' so that Mankind will survive. When the bombs fall, his ship will automatically seal itself, and he has food supplies concealed on a number of islands. Solo's cover is blown, and Captain Shark prepares to give him a taste of the lash...

Interesting story by Alvin Saplinsley, not really a spy yarn as such ( no-one gets killed for a change ), and not far removed from a Season 1 'Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea'. Robert Culp, one year away from his role as tennis-playing secret agent 'Kelly Robinson' in 'I Spy', is superb as 'Captain Shark'. When he makes his final speech about not wanting to fit into anyone else's world, you do feel sorry for him. The 34 year-old actor had to be 'greyed up' for the role.

Sue Ann Langdon and Herbert Anderson play the 'Barnmans', a couple whom Shark has welcomed onto his 'Ark'. In a running gag in this episode, each time Elsa opens a door she winds up knocking Illya out.

Amusing scene with Solo and Kuryakin on a raft, the former wandering whether or not Mr.Waverly is secretly in the pay of THRUSH. The growing chemistry between the actors was one of the reasons behind the show's surge in popularity.

Look Out For...'Mr.Scott' of 'Star Trek', a.k.a. James Doohan, is seen briefly as an officer aboard a ship Shark has just hijacked.


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