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 »


A sign on the stagecoach in the opening scene reads "U.S. Dept Of Health" There was never a Department of Health; the Department of Health, Education and Welfare was organized in 1953 under President Eisenhower; it became the Department of Health and Human Services when Education became its own department in 1979. The cabinet of President Ulysses Grant consisted of eight officials: the Vice President (Schuyler Coulfax), the Attorney General (George Williams), Postmaster General (John Creswell) and the Secretaries of State (Hamilton Fish), War (William W. Belknap), the Treasury (George Boutwell), the Navy (George Robeson) and the Interior (Columbus Delano). See more »


Artemus Gordon: Crotty, this epidemic has already reached monumental proportions. Thousands more are going to die. Don't you care how many people you kill?
Furman Crotty: They're inferior. They're the great unwashed. Plymouth Rock should have landed on the pilgrims.
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A wasted opportunity for greatness
15 December 2012 | by (working in Movieland) – See all my reviews

*Spoiler/plot- TNOT Amnesiac, 68. Treasury agents stop a sick blackmail plot involving a rare small-pox vaccine.

*Special Stars- Robert Conrad, Ross Martin, Ed Asner, Don Howorth.

*Theme- Seeking revenge is often a energy consuming goal.

*Trivia/location/goofs- Air date 2-2-68. Takes place in Bandon Ks. Don Howorth, Mr World plays a brute assassin on the stagecoach. Ouija boards, US Department of Health, and the anachronistic words: "Pinocchio" and "genocide" are not from the time of this series. They're to modern day. Mr. Conrad's short stature/height for a leading man (5'7") was compensated for with shoe 'lifts' in his boots, casting short stunt people, and short leading ladies. In fact his show was known for needing so many short stature love-interest roles for women among females actresses, it became a staple for actresses in Hollywood.

*Emotion- Vengeance scenarios have become overused and too boring with this production company in Season Three. I was not impressed by the 'inmate vengeance' scenario plot line. The guest star lead villain's performance is forgettable.....many time villain roles fail to deliver enough 'gravitas' to balance with the strong leads of Conrad and Martin. Mr. Asner has done better with less a role in other TV shows. That was a wasted opportunity for greatness. This is not vintage W3.

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