West and Gordon are tasked with infiltrating the stronghold of corrupt political boss John Avery and returning him to Washington, D. C. for trial. They pose as a pair of traveling players who "accidentally" wander into Avery's domain; not surprisingly, getting in is much easier than getting out
, especially since they have to get a very unwilling Avery out too...
Tropes present in this episode:
- The Cast Showoff: Ross Martin is given a chance to demonstrate his skill on the violin, including a passage from Chopin's Nocturne in E-flat major.
Artie: "And beautifully executed, wouldn't you say?"
- Cheshire Cat Grin:
Artie: "James, my boy, you're grinning like an undertaker ready to dress a corpse. Mine."
Jim: "Artemus, have you ever considered returning to the stage?"
Artie: "Yes, many times, and never more seriously than right now."
- Large Ham: Artemus Gordon, as played by... Artemus Gordon. Rarely have Hamlet's soliloquies been done more porkulently. Avery is distinctly unimpressed. His men, on the other hand, seem to love it!
- Losing Horns: Type B. Artie plays it when, for the first time (but not the last), Jim does not end up with the Girl of the Week.
- Odd Name Out: This is the only episode of the series whose title does not start with "The."
- Playing Drunk: Artie distracts the man on guard duty with a "drunken" rendition of the "Too, too solid flesh" soliloquy from Hamlet.
- Remember the New Guy: Jim suddenly acquires a valet named Tennyson. Apparently he was always around, just... hiding. Or something.
- Suicide Mission: Attempting to bring Avery back alive is regarded as this by the local authorities. Artie doesn't entirely disagree.
Artie: "I say let's wire Washington and ask for another assignment. Something simple. Like, uh, cutting our throats."
- Trojan Horse: Jim invokes this trope by name when explaining his plan to get to Avery.
- Wicked Cultured: In deliberate contrast to his men, Avery is intelligent, suave, well-dressed, well-educated and fond of the finer things in life. He's also a very, very dangerous man.