Recap: The Wild Wild West S 3 E 3 The Night Of The Assassin

While in Mexico, West and Gordon are witnesses to an assassination attempt against President Juarez. The sniper, who is dressed as a priest, escapes, but his accomplice, disguised as a Mexican peasant, is killed and the agents identify him as an American killer. Martial law is declared and already shaky diplomatic relations between Mexico and the U. S. become further strained; the agents set themselves to finding the assassin and defusing the situation, hoping against hope that their actions won't just end up making things worse.


Tropes present in this episode:

  • Bad Habits: An assassin disguises himself as a priest to slip past guards. Later, Artie does the same thing while busting the assassin out of jail.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Colonel Barbossa's specialty. He's especially good at getting information from uncooperative prisoners.
  • Colonel Badass: Two of them: Colonel Arsenio Barbossa and Colonel Lupita Gonzalez.
  • Conspicuously Public Assassination: Attempted against the President of Mexico. Fortunately, the assassin is a terrible shot.
  • Great Escape: Jim and Artie have to bust the assassin out of prison so he'll tell them who hired him.
  • Hero Antagonist: Colonel Lupita Gonzalez of the Mexican Secret Service.
  • Right Hand Versus Left Hand: Artie and Jim race to solve an assassination attempt before the Mexican authorities can and, in the process, nearly allow the mastermind behind the plot to get away.