Recap / The Wild Wild West S 3 E 17 The Night Of The Headless Woman

West and Gordon intercept a stagecoach whose driver and passenger are involved in the smuggling of boll weevils. Gordon returns to San Francisco to track down the driver's employer while West takes the driver's place. Their investigations lead to a missing harbor supervisor, an Arab named Abdul Hassan and a plan to take complete control of the United States' wheat, corn and barley production.

Tropes present in this episode:

  • Continuity Nod: Artie reviews a collection of dossiers on alter egos he had used in previous episodes. Apparently, they all later met bad ends.
  • Damsel in Distress: This turns out to be Betsy's main purpose.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: West repeatedly threatens to shoot unarmed prisoners if they don't talk.
  • The Mole: James Jeffers, the harbor commissioner whom Artie goes to for assistance, is friendly but can't manage to do much that's useful. Then his daughter is kidnapped. Poor man - except it turns out that he's in league with the criminals and kidnapped his daughter himself.