Recap / The Wild Wild West S 4 E 18 "The Night of the Janus"

A piece of sheet music left behind by a dead agent holds the clue that agents West and Pike need to trap a departmental traitor. Their search for answers leads them to the Secret Service training academy.

Tropes present in this episode:

  • The Convenient Store Next Door
  • Counterfeit Cash: Thorpe insists the cash his gang is printing is perfectly legitimate. After all, all he plans to do is turn back the counters at the mint for a while so his currency will have identical serial numbers to the official bills—and no one will ever know...
  • Death Course: "The Living Room", a section of the academy that tests trainees with multiple Booby Traps. The villain confines Jim in the room after arming the traps with real ammo.
  • Everyone Knows Morse: Played With. Dormqan tries to tip off the academy about the traitor by hiding a clue in a song he writes, "Two-Faced Stranger in the Garden". Eventually, Jeremy figures out that when you play the melody backwards at high speed, it becomes a Morse Code message that reveals the villain's plan.
  • Fair Cop: Myra Bates (Gail Billings), an agent who helps Jim and Jeremy investigate Dorman's song early in the episode.
  • Funny Foreigner: Jeremy poses as Baron Esterhauser, an eccentric European dignitary, so he can poke around the academy.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Professor Montague (Arthur Malet), whose specialty is creating weapons disguised as ordinary objects. He's basically a 19th century version of Q.
  • High-Class Glass: Part of Jeremy's Baron Esterhauser disguise.
  • His Name Is...: A variation. The recording that Dorman leaves is damaged at the point he's about to name the villain ("I found out who the traitor is—the traitor is--the traitor is...").
  • Latex Perfection: A slight case: Pike protects himself from the sedating handstamp with an undetectable skin-like glove.
  • Money to Burn: Jim and Jeremy light up a stack of counterfeit bills at the end of the episode.
  • Motive Rant: The traitor, Alan Thorpe (Jack Carter), says he was motivated by his jealousy of top agents like Jim. He practically begs Jim to tell him how clever his plan is.
  • Race Against the Clock: Jim and Jeremy learn the traitor is going to make his move on August 18th—and that's all they know. Too bad they don't get this information until August 17th...
  • Real Men Wear Pink: The academy trainees wear pink shirts.
  • Screaming Warrior: One of Thorpe's Mooks let out some lusty yells while attacking Jim.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Two examples.
    • When he first rigs the Living Room traps with real ammo, Thorpe makes sure he gets a flesh wound to take himself off the suspect list.
    • Later, Jeremy pretends to fall unconscious from the sedating handstamp, but "revives" when Jim needs his help.