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I Spy: So Long Patrick Henry

Scott and Kelly travel to Hong Kong to convince an American athlete and defector to return to the States. The defector doesn't want to return... but his rebellious ways don't sit well with his Chinese minders, who need him to give an important speech at a conference.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 00001
Airdate: Wednesday September 15th, 1965

Director: Leo Penn
Writer: Robert Culp

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Guest Stars
Cicely Tyson
As Princess Amara
James Hong
As Mr. Shaw
Nicholas Colasanto
As Reporter (as Nick Colasanto)
Harold Fong
As Driver #2
Ivan Dixon
As Elroy Browne
Richard Loo
As Mr. Tsung
Ricky Der
As Mickey
Tiger Joe Marsh
As Chinese Bodyguard
John Lasell
As Mr. Laswell
Alex Finlayson
As Mr. Redling
James Shen
As Driver
Gerald Jann
As Interpreter
Main Cast
Robert Culp
As Kelly Robinson
Bill Cosby
As Alexander Scott


Scott and Kelly are called in by Laswell with the Pentagon called in to watch Olympic footage of U.S. track and field runner Elroy Browne receive the gold. There is also footage of Elroy a year ago giving a statement to the press announcing his defection to China. Kelly goes over photos of Elroy with his fiancée, Princess Amara, and points out that the Chinese are treating the athlete like a king. Laswell shows them footage of Elroy in Rome a month ago. The press interviews him about a recent trip to Africa and Elroy angrily ignores his Chinese handler, Mr. Tsung and makes condescending remarks about the Africans. He then introduces Amara and explains they went to Africa to meet her parents. Amara is an exchange student in Peking and they met there. Elroy then explains that they'll be holding a conference in Hong Kong for the upcoming African-Asian Games...

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Episode Quotes
Scott: We sat down, smiled, looked at his Japanese watch. Then he yawned, got up, and he said, "So long, Patrick Henry."
Mr. Laswell: You disliked him intensely?
Scott: No, I enjoy to be made feel stupid when I'm pleading for my country. Gives me a glow all over. Now, what's the assignment? You want his head on a platter? I think I can arrange that.

Scott: Looks like you got the world by the tail, Elroy.
Elroy Browne: Yeah. Well, you know what happened to that guy who grabbed the tiger by the tail. But in the meantime, it's quite a ride.

Elroy Browne: I'm the first bonus baby in the Cold War. That's my politics, sweetheart.
Scott: You did it for money.
Elroy Browne: Yeah, that's the general idea. So what's that tone coming out of your mouth, who do you think you are, huh?
Kelly: He knows who he is, Elroy. It's you we're not too sure about.

Kelly: Don't you ever remember to bring a silencer?
Scott: Ruins the line of my suit.
Kelly: Mine, too.

Cultural References
Kelly: He saw Goldfinger twenty-seven times.

Goldfinger is a 1964 James Bond movie, the third in the series, based on Ian Fleming's seventh novel.

Elroy Browne: Don't pay any attention to Charlie Chan here.

Charlie Chan is a fictional detective created by Earl Derr Biggers in 1925 and featured in different media over the decades.

Alexander: Probably never looked under my shirt to see this big red S, have you?

Superman wears a red S on his shirt and is a superhero at DC Comics.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSheldon Leonard
ProducerFouad Said  |  Morton Fine  |  David Friedkin
Associate ProducerRonald Jacobs
CastingRuth Burch
MusicEarle Hagen
Music EditorKen Johnson (5)
HairstylistDonna McDonough
Make-upStan Smith
Set DecoratorKen Swartz
Property MasterGene Gossert
Production AssistantJoel Swanson
Director of PhotographyFleet Southcott
Production SupervisorRonald Jacobs
Art DirectorKenneth A. Reid
Production ManagerFrank Myers (1)  |  Edward M. Hillie
Sound EditorJohn D. Hall
Special EffectsJoe Lombardi
Film EditorRobert Moore (5)
CostumerHarald Johnson  |  Florence Albert
Assistant DirectorPhil Cook  |  Robert Daley
Sound EngineerCam McCulloch
Music CoordinatorWalter Popp
Second Unit DirectorSheldon Leonard
ContinuityMichael Preece (1)
Editorial CoordinatorJerry Jameson
Location Director Of PhotographyFouad Said
Assistant To The Production ManagerStanley J. Brooks
Warning: I Spy season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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