The episode includes a parody of Dr. Strangelove. Kuryakin rides a giant stink bomb, a scene staged in a similar way to Major Kong riding the nuclear bomb in Strangelove. See more »
[flirting with Illya, who is posing as a pool repair tech]
I'll bet you meet so many beautiful girls in your job, you get tired of looking at them.
It takes a few.
I see you're the strong, silent type.
I have to concentrate on my job.
Why? The television repairman didn't have to. Neither did the refrigerator repairman, or the electric toaster repairman. Ooh, or the egg cooker repairman.
[listening over radio in stakeout van]
Egg cooker repairman?
The egg cooker repairman?
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Television historian and U.N.C.L.E. buff William J.Koenig describes this as 'the first sign that Season 3 was going to be hell for U.N.C.L.E. fans'. He is right.
Solo and Kuryakin are spying on a Mafia conference in Sicily. Uncle Giuliano ( J.Carrol Naish ), the head of the mob, says Las Vegas has gotten out of control. The U.N.C.L.E. duo are spotted, and are lucky to escape with their lives.
Back in the States, Frank Cariago ( Bernard Fein ) arrives in Hollywood to carry out a secret assignment. Hearing about a troubled movie based on the 'Sodom & Gomorrah' legend, he steps in and offers two million dollars to resume production. The one catch is that he wants his talentless girlfriend Ginger LaVeer ( Carol Wayne ) to star.
Solo and Kuryakin turn up at the studio, but are caught. However, Cariago thinks they were sent by Uncle Giuliano, and gives them jobs. The gangster is using the shoot as cover for an operation to wipe Las Vegas off the map with an atomic bomb...
Appallingly bad, the worst the show had gotten at that point. Gangsters plotting to nuke Vegas? Come on! In a 'hilarious' plot twist, it transpires that said bomb contains nothing more dangerous than ( are you ready for this? ) essence of skunk! Yes, a ten-pound stink bomb! The sight of Illya riding the bomb free-fall over the city outraged fans, and disgusted Sam Rolfe, the show's developer/first season producer, who told his wife not to expect too many more royalty cheques in the future. It beggars belief that writer Stanford Sherman thought that he could get away with such a crass idea.
The script has other problems too. When Solo and Illya are caught, Cariago has them suspended in mid-air and the latter lowered into quick-drying cement. Later ( when it has hardened ), Solo taps the block and Illya is still alive! How did he breathe in there? Carol Wayne is an eye-full as dippy 'Ginger' and Shelley Berman provides a few chuckles as hack director 'Sheldon Veblen', but that's about it.
Unfortunately, this was not the worst Season 3 had to offer. A bomb in both senses of the word.
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