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Series / Jericho (1966)

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"Franklin Shepphard. Captain, United States Army. Civil engineer, Carnegie Tech. Expert in explosives and demolition. Jean-Gaston André. Lieutenant, Free French Air Force. Specialty: weapons, ancient and modern; large and small; their construction and use. Nicholas Gage. Lieutenant, Royal Navy. Star circus performer. Aerialist, acrobat. Prime skill: getting in and out of deadly situations. This is a high-level Allied team operating behind enemy lines. Three specialists in the remarkable. Code name: Jericho."

Jericho is an American television series that ran from September 15, 1966 to January 19, 1967. It follows the exploits of a trio of Allied spies (one American, one British, one French) during World War II.

Jericho provides examples of:

  • Anachronic Order: The third episode, "Upbeat and Underground," takes place in 1942. Both previous episodes took place in 1943.
  • Cyanide Pill: In "Dutch and Go," Shepphard is armed with an explosive fountain pen which, in the event of capture and deprivation of his gun, he is supposed to use to kill the civilian they are working with who has committed to memory information about Nazi technology.
  • Funny Background Event: In an early scene of "Upbeat and Underground," Shepphard filches a bottle of wine and a loaf of bread from their distracted contact and tosses them to Gage and André.
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  • Land of Tulips and Windmills: In "Dutch and Go," the anti-aircraft system Jericho is supposed to gather intelligence on is hidden inside a Dutch windmill. Vandercook lampshades this trope when he remarks that Holland actually is just like the tulips and windmills stereotype. There's also a running gag about how he promised his wife he would bring her home a pair of wooden shoes.
  • Literary Allusion Title: "A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread, and Pow!" riffs on a line from Edward FitzGerald's The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám.
  • Punny Title: "Dutch and Go"
  • Shotgun Wedding: In "Dutch and Go" André and a father-daughter pair of local resistance members distract the local garrison by demanding to know which of its members impregnated the daughter.

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