Recap / The Wild Wild West S 3 E 16 The Night Of The Arrow

West and Gordon are sent to find the cause of souring relations with tribes in Cheyenne territory. General Baldwin, commander of the local fort, doesn't like Indians and tells West so. An attack by tribesmen occurs soon afterward, but the agents' investigation leads them to suspect that the raid was staged by Baldwin and his soldiers. Then President Grant arrives unexpectedly - it seems Baldwin is contemplating a run for president on a platform of wide-spread slaughter of Indians. The agents are tasked with stopping Baldwin's plans and convincing Chief Strong Bear to keep the peace.

Tropes present in this episode:

  • Briar Patching: How Artie escapes from a stockade: he changes his disguise and pretends to be a vagrant who snuck in to steal food. They end up physically dragging him out.
  • False Flag Operation: Rogue Army troops pretending to be Sioux warriors to spark another round of Indian Wars.
  • General Ripper: General Baldwin really, really hates Native Americans. He essentially intends to pave his way to the presidency with their dead bodies.
  • Get into Jail Free: Jim gets thrown in jail. Artie needs to get in, talk to him and help him escape without making anyone else suspicious. The solution? Pretend to be drunk and start picking fights until you're arrested and thrown into the next cell.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Subverted by Aimee Baldwin. She appears to play the trope straight - young, beautiful, innocent daughter of a madman - but turns out, in the end, to be the madman. Er, woman.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Aimee Baldwin, who wants to see her father in office and manipulates him to get him there.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: All of the villains like to spend their time kicking around the tribespeople.
  • Unwitting Pawn: General Baldwin. His daughter, Aimee, is engineering all the trouble in order to help get him into office, and he doesn't realize it.