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Recap: The Wild Wild West S 4 E 1 The Night Of The Big Blackmail

The German ambassador to the U.S., Baron Hinterstoisser (although his country's never actually named, it's more than obvious), schemes to besmirch President Grant in the eyes of other world leaders by inviting all their ambassadors to a reception at the German embassy. There he intends to show a kinetoscope film of "Grant" signing a secret defense treaty with a representative of an Asian power. West and Gordon manage to steal the film without Hinterstoisser's knowledge, but they are sure that copies exist; it becomes their duty to sabotage the baron's plans and discredit him, but, in order to avoid international incident, they must do it in total secrecy.


Tropes present in this episode:

  • Ass in Ambassador: Baron Hinterstoisser. He's plotting against Grant, of course, but he's also oh-so-polite - nastily so.
  • The Caper: Jim and Artie have to infiltrate an embassy, break into the vault, switch out the villain's forged film for one of their own, and escape, all without being detected.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The abandoned well Artie knocks a flower pot into. The accident is played, briefly, for laughs, but suddenly becomes important later on as the agents are making their escape.
  • Diplomatic Impunity: Jim and Artie have to act like covert operatives and actually try to conceal their activities because the villain is an ambassador and his base of operations is his embassy.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Averted - this episode has no blackmail, big or otherwise (the episode's original title was "The Night of the Deadly Blades," which is at least more accurate given what our heroes face in act 3).
  • Explosion Propulsion: How Jim and Artie get out of some underground tunnels. Find something sturdy, stuff explosives underneath, have Jim stand on top, light the fuse and voila! any hole in the "ceiling" becomes an escape route.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Artie suggests making films longer and charging admission, only to be shot down by Jim.
  • Shoot The Builder: The sad fate of the architect who designed the embassy's vault. His workers, apparently, didn't know enough to be dangerous and were allowed to live, but the man with the plans ended up dead.
  • Throwing the Distraction: The agents gain access to the embassy's grounds by shooting a small object off into the distance. The noise of its impact draws the guards away.

The Wild Wild West S 3 E 24 The Night Of The Death MakerRecap/The Wild Wild WestThe Wild Wild West S 4 E 2 The Night Of The Doomsday Formula

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