When Burke is captured by Urko's soldiers, he is forced to face two equally horrifying options: he can either be killed, outright, by Urko or he can be used in a brainwashing experiment, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Galen (as Roddy McDowell)
Yalu (as Normann Burton)
Booth Colman ...
Harry Townes ...
Officer Gorilla
Wayne Foster ...
Lieutenant Gorilla
Susan (as Lynn Benesch)


When Burke is captured by Urko's soldiers, he is forced to face two equally horrifying options: he can either be killed, outright, by Urko or he can be used in a brainwashing experiment, being performed by a prominent ape doctor, using a forbidden (human) text on the subject. The scene in which Urko describes what he believes brainwashing is, is hilarious. Written by Ape Freak

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15 November 1974 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was one of a selection put together as two-in-one features aired with 'Old Galen' introducing and closing the feature. So if this episode is aired alone without opening credits, you're actually watching the second half of Life, Liberty and Pursuit on the Planet of the Apes (1981) (with the final 'Old Galen' wrap scene removed, it's then identical) rather than the actual episode. The closing credits will differ, showing the double-bill's production code (starting Z-) instead of the usual B- for episodes. See more »


In the scene where Virdon and Galen jump out of Urko's office you can see Galen wearing a nice shiny pair of Stacy Adams right before he falls through the other side of the window. See more »


Urko: Ahh yes. I seem to remember hearing something vaguely about that; BRAIN WASHING. Isn't that where you take the brain out of the skull and wash it with cool water?
Wanda: No, No. You don't take the bran out of the skull.
Urko: You don't - Well how can you wash the brain if you don't take it out of the SKULL?
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Burke gets captured
17 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As this episode starts we learn that Burke has been captured and taken to Central City. Here scientist Wanda wants to test a brainwashing technique that she has found in an ancient book on Burke while Urko wants to lobotomise him! Luckily for Burke the former gets their way although her methods are unpleasant they don't involve removing parts of his brain. While Burke is being 'treated' Galen and Virdon trick their way into Central City and go to the house of Galen's parents. They then try to find where Burke is being held not knowing that there is a definite time limit… if Wanda can't get the brainwashing to work Urko will get his way.

At first I was a little disappointed that we didn't see Burke's capture but soon wasn't too bothered; his current situation was more interesting. The brainwashing methods looked suitably unpleasant without being too disturbing to watch and the threat of lobotomy gave a sense of threat. The story included plenty of good guest characters; Beverly Garland was good as Wanda as were Anne Seymour and Norman Burton as Galen's parents. While this isn't a series one thinks of as a comedy there are some laughs to be had; the best coming from Urko's misunderstanding of what brainwashing means and the unintentional humour of having the book on brainwashing found in a 1986 time capsule… because everybody wants future generations to know how unpleasant one is! There is some nice action in the final scenes. Overall I found this to be a superior episode of this series.

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