The Munsters: Season 2, Episode 2

Herman, the Master Spy (23 Sep. 1965)

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The Munsters are off for a picnic at Paradise Cove. While out scuba diving, Herman is caught in the net of Russian Troller #47. The Russians very excitedly think they've caught a missing ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Priest ...
The Commissar
Leonard Yorr ...
John Lawrence ...
Bella Bruck ...
Edward Mallory ...
The Young Man
Henry Hunter ...
The Older Man
John Zaremba ...
Howard Wendell ...
Robert Millar ...
Jon Silo ...
The Russian teletype man


The Munsters are off for a picnic at Paradise Cove. While out scuba diving, Herman is caught in the net of Russian Troller #47. The Russians very excitedly think they've caught a missing link between man and fish. Moscow, however, is convinced Herman is a new kind of American spy. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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Lily Munster: [not trusting Grandpa's crystal ball] That crystal ball has never been the same since Spot sat on it for three days and tried to hatch it.
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The Absurd Humor - Like In This Episode - Makes These Still Fun To Watch Decades Later
7 January 2008 | by (Lockport, NY, United States) – See all my reviews

One reason I can still watch all these episodes of "The Munsters" 40 years after seeing them for the first time, and then later as re-runs, is that I still enjoy the absurd humor. It's not always there in bunches, but it was in this episode: a story filled with outrageous scenes and dialog. You really have to like "the theater of the absurd" to appreciate the corny and often stupid-looking jokes in here. I mean, where else would you hear lines like the following:

"I hope a whale hasn't eaten him; I wanted him to help me with my homework tonight." - Eddie

"You know, for a missing link, he's a pretty nice guy." - a Russian sailor.

As for this week's story, the Munsters are headed to Paradise Cove for a little vacation. Eddie asks, "Hey, Pop, are you really going to go scuba diving?" Herman replies, "Yes, I am son. You can meet some very interesting things under the briny deep." Well, Herman does just that: he meets a bunch of Russians.

A few more quotes give you more of an idea of what happens in this crazy story.

"It's some kind of crazy sea monster!" - Russian fisherman seeing Herman caught it a big net with a bunch of fish.

"This is not sea monster; this is missing link between fish and man. Look how he's put together." - other man on boat.

Oh, my poor pussycat; where or where can be?" -- Lily.

The Russians think Herman is "a rare anthropological find." The Americans are baffled, too. "I've been in the State Department for 15 years, and I've never seen a spy this ugly (looking at a composite sketch of Herman)."

Herman gets along great with the Red sailors. They wind up giving him a farewell party. As Herman is dancing, he says, "It's times like this, I'm glad I am a Lawrence Welk fan. Notchey, baby, your're a gasser." ("Ninotchka" is a name of a 1939 film and character played by Greta Garbo).

A Russian fishing trawler accidentally picks up Herman, who was out scuba-diving (if you can picture that!) and the crew thinks our boy is an undercover spy! Meanwhile, the bigwigs in Moscow think Herman must be a spy in the Cold War!

As mentioned, this turns out to be one crazy scene after another and is one of the more entertaining Munster episodes I've seen. Great stuff!

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