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What Did You Do Today, Grandpa? 

Steve is recruited by the Air Force to act as a double agent willing to sell secret plans to America's enemy , so he's quickly whisked off to New York after breakfast on a supersonic jet to... See full summary »

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Steve is recruited by the Air Force to act as a double agent willing to sell secret plans to America's enemy , so he's quickly whisked off to New York after breakfast on a supersonic jet to meet his contact - an attractive younger woman - for lunch. The woman suspects Steve is not genuine, and leads him through a series of encounters, eventually chasing him into a hotel bathroom where her cronies shoot through the opaque shower curtain, just before the good guys arrive to arrest everyone. Spoiler Alert: the shots missed Steve as he crouched down in the tub, so he safely makes it back to California that night, unable to tell his family about his top secret adventure. Written by S Sather

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25 January 1969 (USA)  »

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Steve as Agent Double Oh-no!
3 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A particularly interesting and atypical "fish out of water" oddity (from 1969) with a befuddled Steve tossed into a deadly serious espionage caper (this was near the end of the wildly popular spy craze). The joke here is that his family is concerned that Steve has fallen into a boring, work-a-day routine while he is actually off on an exciting and dangerous secret mission for the Air Force. Fred is his usual reluctant, fumbling self as he struggles to keep up with the fast-balls being lobbed at him. Not terribly funny as this feels more like a watered down version of "Get Smart" -- without the satire. What is surprising is how inept the Air Force (and/or the CIA) is at protecting him. It's only by the merest chance that Steve avoids getting shot twice by an enemy agent after his cover is blown. Way to go, government agencies. Another job well done.

This episode may have been inspired by two well-made spy comedies: "Where the Spies Are" (1965) with David Niven and "A Man Could Get Killed" (1966) with James Garner.


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