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Recap / The Wild Wild West S 4 E 7 "The Night of the Fugitives"

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West and Gordon pursue Norbet Plank (J.S. Johnson), murderer and bookkeeper for a crime syndicate, to the town of Epitaph, Colorado, where he expects to be protected by his boss, "Diamond Dave" Desmond (Simon Oakland). The agents hope to bring down the syndicate by capturing Plank and forcing him to turn over the organization's records. Working from within and without Desmond's gang, the agents do finally manage to get hold of Plank, but getting into Epitaph proves to be a whole lot easier than getting out again.

Disguises used by Artie: Hallelujah Harry, Con Artist posing as a preacher(18:40)


Tropes present in this episode:

  • Affectionate Pickpocket: Artie does this to a guy performing a Neck Lift on him.
  • Alliterative Name: Diamond Dave Desmond, Rhoda Ransom, Hallelujah Harry... this episode is full of them.
  • Bad Boss: Plank is rude and condescending to his underlings.
  • Bad Habits: Artie poses as a Con Man posing as a preacher. (Got that?)
  • Blank Book: Plank's records turn out to be this when Artie finds them.
  • Chandelier Swing: James West does this during a bar brawl.
  • Cigar Chomper: Desmond is shown doing this. During the One Last Smoke scene, he even borrows Artie's lighter to use it himself.
  • Confronting Your Imposter: Artie's masquerade as Hallelujah Harry is going just fine until the real Harry shows up.
  • Dynamic Entry: Happens in the first act when Rhoda and Plank are hiding from West.
    Rhoda: What if West comes back?
    West: (does a Super Window Jump) I am back.
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  • Face Palm: Desmond does one when Jim drops a chandelier on his Mooks, as shown in the upper right hand corner of the page pic.
  • Femme Fatale: Rhoda Ransom (Susan Hart), who works for Desmond but isn't above double-crossing him just a bit if it suits her own interests. She captures and then betrays Jim when the agent refuses to help her.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: One of Desmond's henchmen is a Mexican who peppers his speech with Spanish words and phrases.
  • Kavorka Man: Apparently, Norbet Plank.
  • Knife Nut: The Mexican is seen practicing his knife throwing skills.
  • MacGuffin: Both our heroes and Desmond's gang spend much of the episode looking for the mob's books.
  • No MacGuffin, No Winner: Played with. Plank has the information that can bring down Desmond's operation, but nobody finds it because he's memorized it instead of putting it in a tangible form. Once Artie figures this out, Desmond is done for.
  • One Last Smoke: Artie, who is about to be executed by the gang, asks for one. He then uses it to set off the fireworks hidden in his cart.
  • Photographic Memory: Norbet Plank has one. He keeps all of the syndicate's records in his head as a form of life insurance.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Epitaph is a Wretched Hive that's basically owned by the syndicate.


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