Recap: The Wild Wild West S 1 E 25 The Night Of The Freebooters
After someone fires explosive bullets at their train, West and Gordon travel south of the border to investigate a munitions expert named Wolfe who's gathering guns for hire and trying to find an accomplice in the Mexican Army. West joins his outfit as the former and Gordon as the latter; together they attempt to free a friend who is being held captive by the gang and put a stop to Wolfe's plans.
Tropes present in this episode:
- Disguised in Drag: Artie poses as a cantina hostess.
- Embarrassing Nickname: Jim dubs Artie "the grand old lady of the Secret Service" after the latter's turn as a female.Artie: "You're never gonna let me live that down, are ya?"
Jim: "No, I have no intention of it!"
- High-Class Glass: In his guise as a Mexican colonel, Artie wears a monocle both as a dignifying fashion accessory and for a much more practical purpose.
- The Infiltration: A double dose - Jim joins Wolfe's organization under cover as a renegade gunslinger, Artie as a traitorous Mexican Army officer.
- Show Some Leg: Artie recruits a bevy of beautiful women to accompany him into the fort, pretending to be a group of hostesses from a local cantina. They make liberal use of their personal charms - and free alcohol - to distract the men and give Jim an opportunity to escape.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Rita wants to help free her husband from the gang, but Jim insists it is "man's work;" nevertheless she shows up in the end as one of Artie's "cantina hostesses." Enrique scolds her afterwards because he'd told her to stay out of it and "a woman's place is to obey her husband." Jim, however, applauds her actions.