Recap / The Wild Wild West S 2 E 6 The Night Of The Flying Pie Plate

West and Gordon are accompanying a gold shipment. It arrives in Morning Glory, Arizona at the same time that a flying saucer apparently streaks through the sky and lands near town, much to the delight of local hellfire preacher Brother Simon. Three green-skinned females emerge and claim that they have run out of their ship's fuel - gold. They promise the townspeople valuable gems in exchange for a large supply, and it just so happens that one has recently arrived in town...

Tropes present in this episode:

  • Flying Saucer: The episode revolves around the mysterious appearance outside town of what is dubbed a "flying pie plate" and the demands of the women who emerge from inside.
  • Good for Bad: The visitors offer gemstones in exchange for gold and actually hand over a few for inspection. Artie examines them and finds that they're genuine. Of course it turns out that those are the only real stones the women had. If the townsfolk had made the exchange, they would've ended up with a lot of handfuls of glass.
  • Green-Skinned Space Babe: The inhabitants of the saucer are female, very attractive and green-skinned. They claim to be from Venus.
  • Obfuscating Insanity: Brother Simon has a lot to say about how evil the saucer is, destruction from above, etc. Turns out he's the one in charge of everything, making wild pronouncements because he knows they won't be believed and will prevent anyone from suspecting his involvement.
  • Telepathy: The strange visitors communicate with one another via "thought projection."
  • Unwitting Pawn: The entire population of Morning Glory. Not only is Simon using them to steal the gold for him, he's leaving them to be the fall guys for the robbery once his jewels are found to be worthless.