The Wild Wild West: Season 3, Episode 22

The Night of the Amnesiac (9 Feb. 1968)

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Special agent West is charged with the responsibility to transport the state's only supply of a smallpox vaccine to safety. On the way, West's stagecoach is ambushed by a gang, led by Silas... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Cloris Colton
Furman Crotty
John Kellogg ...
Silas Crotty
George Petrie ...
Col. Petrie
Johnny Jensen ...
The Boy
James Nolan ...
The Warden (as Jim Nolan)
Jack Rigney ...
The Bartender
Don Howorth ...
The Brute (as Don Howorth--Mr. World)
Jerry Laveroni ...
Sebastian Tom ...
Gil Lamb ...
Claude Peepers


Special agent West is charged with the responsibility to transport the state's only supply of a smallpox vaccine to safety. On the way, West's stagecoach is ambushed by a gang, led by Silas Crotty, who steals the serum and shoots West as he tries to protect the vaccine. When West awakens in the field, he has lost his memory and his identity. Written by Anonymous

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Crotty refers to the people who might die as a result of not getting the vaccine as "the Great Unwashed". That line originated in the novel 'Paul Clifford', by Edward Bulwer-Lytton: "He is certainly a man who bathes and 'lives cleanly', (two especial charges preferred against him by Messrs. the Great Unwashed)." ['Paul Clifford' is probably better known as the novel with the "worst opening line" in history: "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents-except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness." The first seven words have given inspiration to the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, in which contestants think-up terrible openings for imaginary novels.] See more »


Furman Crotty sarcastically advises Artemus to consult an Ouija board if he wants to find Jim West. The Ouija Board wasn't patented and marketed as such until 1901 - long after the 1870s time period of the series. See more »


Artemus Gordon: You deliver that vaccine and Jim West, maybe I'll discuss your terms.
Furman Crotty: Gordon, I'm stunned by your sentimentality. Why, you're probably the type who approves of bronze-plating baby shoes. I, of course, approving of bronze-plating the baby, but...
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Thanks for the Memories
11 September 2007 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Terrific episode that leaves the camp that plagued many of the season three episodes behind. West is dispatched to help deliver a supply of smallpox vaccine to stop a deadly outbreak. Along the way the wagon he's in is ambushed and West takes a bullet on the side of the head that gives him amnesia.

The vaccine was stolen by the gang of an imprisoned Kansas City mobster (Ed Asner, very much like his "El Dorado" character) who offers to return the vaccine in exchange for his freedom and a pardon. More supplies of the vaccine are at least six days away, so the government makes a deal and asks Gordon to see it through. Gordon does so while looking for West.

Lots of action and a pretty decent story in this. Conrad is good as a amnesiac West, who may not have his memory, but still has his reflexes and his touch with the ladies. The only disappointing thing about this episode is how easily his memory comes back--when Artie is in jeopardy. But as a whole, a very enjoyable episode.

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