Recap / The Wild Wild West S 4 E 22 "The Night of the Cossacks"

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Prince Gregor of Karovnia (Guy Stockwell) is on his way to New Petersburg with his family. West and Gordon are tasked with making sure the royal party arrives safely, since a gang led by Count Balkovitch (John Van Dreelen) is determined to see the royals dead in order to prevent the establishment of peace in their mutual homeland. Balkovitch also hopes to steal the sacred Icon of New Karovnograd, which is concealed in New Petersburg; the residents get wind of this and begin leaving town in droves, while cowardly Sheriff Corby (Norman Leavitt) refuses to get involved in any shooting. When Princess Lina (Jennifer Douglas) is kidnapped shortly afterward, it becomes apparent that there's a traitor within the royal party. The agents must find the traitor, recover the princess and ensure that the icon doesn't fall into the wrong hands.

This wasn't the final episode shown, but it was the final one to be produced.


Tropes present in this episode:

  • Bald of Evil/Goatee Of Evil: Balkovitch combines these with a topknot that's not quite a Samurai Ponytail.
  • Damsel in Distress: Princess Lina becomes one when Balkovitch kidnaps her.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: At first, Lina disapproves of Maria (Alizia Gur), the servant girl whom Gregor hopes to marry, but she gives them her blessing at the end.
  • Dirty Coward: Sheriff Corby combines this with Obstructive Bureaucrat. He makes it clear he's more comfortable "hauling in drunks and light-fingered Charlies" than dealing with the Karovnians who threaten his town, so he plans to ignore the violent foreigners as best he can until they leave. He refuses to cooperate with Artie, but tells him that at least he won't help Balkovitch either. At the end, he shows up to arrest Balkovitch's gang after Jim and Artie have defeated them because "I always go with a hot hand."
  • Evil Laugh: Balkovitch and his Mooks share one at the end of the Cold Open.
  • Fictional Country: Karovnia, whose Russia-like culture places it somewhere in eastern Europe.
  • I Have Your Wife: Balkovitch does this twice. First he threatens Lina with Gregor's life unless she gives him the icon, then he kidnaps Lina and tells Gregor he'll exchange her for the icon.
  • The Mole: Duchess Sophia (Nina Foch), who's working with Balkovitch because she'll lose power if Prince Gregor ever takes the throne.
  • Omniglot: Played with. Artie can speak Russian but can't read it, so he needs someone to translate the note that was used to lure Princess Lina to her abduction. A priest in New Petersburg eventually does the honors.
  • Pretty in Mink: The Karovnians, especially Princess Lina, love their furs.
  • Ruritania: From what we hear of it, Karovnia seems to be this.
  • Screaming Warrior: One of Balkovitch's men lets out a lusty yell while attacking West.
  • Stock Footage: A truly shameless example here, as Jim's predicament at the end of act 2/beginning of act 3 is lifted from season 3's "The Night of the Arrow", albeit with Aimee Baldwin and her "this little piggy" routine cut out.
  • We Can Rule Together: Balkovitch tells her Prince Gregor that they should combine their forces, which would be achieved by his marrying Princess Lina. Gregor almost backhands him before Jim intervenes.

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