Elisha Calamander, a thief of priceless art for wealthy clientèle, discredits agent West, who is severely punished by the government with a discharge from the special forces. Calamander ... See full summary »
Elisha Calamander, a thief of priceless art for wealthy clientèle, discredits agent West, who is severely punished by the government with a discharge from the special forces. Calamander offers West $50,000 to help with a special secret assignment. Written by
Chylesium, identified by Artemus Gordon as a "chemical", bears the "-ium" ending that is typical of metallic elements, according to conventions adopted in the early 19th century. There are exceptions (helium, platinum, tantalum, etc.) but most of the metals with names not ending in "-ium" inherited their nomenclature from alchemy or ancient times. No element with the properties Gordon described were known to exist, then or now. See more »
The flame from the torch Artemus Gordon uses to get through the steel door is too diffuse to cut through metal. Cutting torches need a narrow, highly focused flame. See more »
Veteran character actor John McGiver is terrific in this episode where he plays bad guy Elisha Calamender. He does a terrific Sydney Greenstreet impression with the character.
Once again criminals are tricked into believing West has decided to take a walk on the wild side (good thing he didn't check with Dr. Lovelass on what he thought the chances were that West was faking) and recruit him to be part (the main part actually) of their plan to get a rare mineral that in one form can be a powerful explosive, and in the other, a deadly gas.
West has to swim past sharks and into a water inlet to recover the item, stealing it from another group of crooks who have it stored at the bottom of a saltwater tank. Artie arrives disguised as a cranky old postman, and together they try to get away without getting killed--either by Calamender, the gang they stole the mineral from or the explosive/gas itself.
Altogether a pretty good episode, thanks to McGiver and some of the underwater footage.
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