Recap / The Wild Wild West S 2 E 17 The Night Of The Feathered Fury

West and Gordon are introduced to Gerda Sharff, a former member of the villainous Count Manzeppi's organization. She wants to trade information for protection, but she disappears in an explosion before a deal can be made, leaving behind only a small toy chicken. A complicated game of cat and mouse ensues involving Gerda, Manzeppi and the agents, all of them after the chicken - or, more precisely, what it contains.

Tropes present in this episode:

  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Gerda doesn't stay loyal to anyone for very long.
  • Distress Ball: Jim gets a lead from the chicken and runs off to investigate without telling Artie where he's going or why. Not surprisingly, he winds up captured and Artie has to track him down with nothing to go on.
  • Fan Disservice: Some fans may argue the very sexy Michele Carey (as Gerda) being turned into gold and blown up, a rare Girl of the Week to not survive the episode, qualifies.
  • Organ Grinder: Manzeppi disguises himself as one and uses the accompanying monkey to deliver explosives. Artie uses the same disguise later on when trying to locate Gerda.
  • Philosopher's Stone: This is what the toy chicken contains and why everyone wants it.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Gerda.
  • Stock Footage: The shots of Jim going down a slide previously turned up in "The Night of the Golden Cobra" (the first episode shot for season two), "The Night of the Raven" and "The Night of the Poisonous Posey."
  • We Will Meet Again: Count Manzeppi assures West and Gordon of this. Sadly, they didn't.