Recap / The Wild Wild West S 1 E 2 The Night Of The Deadly Bed

West and Gordon are alerted to the fact that large amounts of coal are being secretly moved through a town in Mexico. Their contact believes that some kind of threat to the United States exists, but he is killed before he can pass on any more information. Further investigation leads to a mission building outside of town, a crazed Frenchman and an elaborate plan for large-scale sabotage.

Tropes present in this episode:

  • Booby Trap: Artie constructs some special coal to be concealed among the ordinary stuff. "Special" as in "full of dynamite."
  • Death Trap: Two - the deadly bed of the title, which features a descending canopy covered in vicious spikes, and a giant water clock with an appropriately-sized striker which sounds a large gong (to which Jim ends up tied).
  • Holding the Floor: In order to distract attention from what Jim is doing, Artie gives a rousing, improvised speech to the laborers around them, which leads directly to a worker's revolt.
  • Knockout Gas: Artie carries some around in a canteen to use on the bad guys. Unfortunately, the canteen gets pierced by a bullet and the gas subsequently takes out the good guys, too...
  • Playing Drunk: This is how a disguised Artie manages to come to Jim's aid without being shot down immediately by the surrounding guards.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The end credits tell us we've been watching A Michael Garrison Production In Association With The CBS Televisison Network.
  • We Need a Distraction:
    Jim: "Do something to get their attention."
    Artie: (dryly) "I could recite."
    Jim: "If it'll work, do it."