The Wild Wild West: Season 2, Episode 6

The Night of the Flying Pie Plate (21 Oct. 1966)

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Agent James West is protecting a shipment of gold en route to an Arizona town when he sees a flaming light in the sky and hears a loud crash. West and the townspeople discover that a ... See full summary »

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Agent James West is protecting a shipment of gold en route to an Arizona town when he sees a flaming light in the sky and hears a loud crash. West and the townspeople discover that a spaceship has landed and they witness three green women, resembling Martians, coming out of the ship. Apparently, the women want to trade the precious gems on their clothing for gold, which will be used as fuel for their spaceship's return trip. Artemus Gordon, posing as an expert jeweler, senses a scam as he examines one of the gems. Written by Tiff Banks

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Beginning with this episode, the freeze frames at the end of each act are drawings, not photographs. See more »

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When Morn is explaining her need for "mildam", she casually hands Ben Victor a sphere of gold which, based on the scale relative to their hands, is somewhere around four inches in diameter. A sphere that size weighs in the vicinity of 27 pounds (troy weight) and could not be handled or passed back and forth that lightly unless it were hollow. See more »

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First UFO Hoax Story
1 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A standard, by-the-numbers story with few surprises, no memorable gadgets, but lots of action -- namely, Robert Conrad beating the crap out of his stunt-men. Two of the lovely green alien girls (Leslie Parrish, Arlene Charles) also did guest roles in season one. The sound effect for the UFO hatch opening and closing is the same used on "I Dream of Jeannie" whenever she comes out of her bottle in a smoke cloud.

This October 1966 episode is most significant for being the first UFO hoax story -- a TV trope other shows were quick to copy. In December "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." did a near-identical story ("The Take Me to Your Leader Affair). In January 1967 "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." recycled this plot again ("The UFO Affair"). In March 1967 "The Green Hornet" did yet another shameless copy of this plot ("Invasion from Outer Space") with fake aliens in silly silver jumpsuits.

Real spaceships are mistaken for UFOs in Star Trek's "Tomorrow is Yesterday" (January 1967), "Lost In Space" ("Visit to a Hostile Planet", Sept. 1967) and "I Dream of Jeannie" (Sept. 1968).


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