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I Spy: Affair in T'Sien Cha

A sniper takes a shot at Kelly, and the partners discover that it's an abortive attempt to stop them from looking for a train that entered the Hong Kong territories from China and disappeared.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x14
Airdate: Wednesday December 29th, 1965

Guest Stars
Roger C. CarmelRoger C. Carmel
As Edwin Wade
H.T. TsiangH.T. Tsiang
As Yau Shui
James HongJames Hong
As Fortune Teller
Nancy HsuehNancy Hsueh
As Girl
Raynum K. TsukamotoRaynum K. Tsukamoto
As Lou Wai
Vera MilesVera Miles
As Rachel (Rachel Nelson)
John OrchardJohn Orchard
As Gavin
Clive WayneClive Wayne
As Maitland
Main Cast
Robert CulpRobert Culp
As Kelly Robinson
Bill CosbyBill Cosby
As Alexander Scott


In Hong Kong, Kelly and Scott are visiting their host, a mandarin, unaware that a sniper has set up across the street on a hill. He draws a bead on Kelly as he finishes the game... and fires just as Kelly's opponent Courtney James shakes hands with him at the end of the match. Afterward, Scott gives Kelly a massage while Hong Kong policemen Hardy and Maitland question Kelly. He explains that he's in Hong Kong to play tennis and travels the world living with wealthy patrons, with Scott as his trainer and masseur. The officers assume that the sniper was going after Kelly, who claims he has no idea why anyone would want him dead. They tell him that if he tries to leave Hong Kong in the next two weeks, they'll put a hold on his passport...

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Episode Quotes
Hardy: What about you, Mr. Scott?
Scott: Me? Oh, I drift around the edges of the world, one of the Nirvana boys, seeker after the Golden Fleece. Ports of call are where I live and masseur is what I am.

Scott: (reading his ID) Edmund Wade, New York City.
Edwin Wade: That ain't all.
Scott: Profession: master tailor.
Kelly: With a bulge like that in your coat?
Edwin Wade: Well, it's not so easy in a single-breasted garment.

Edwin Wade: Then somewhere in those 40 miles between Communist China and here, the whole thing went up in a puff of smoke. That's including the crew: engineer and fireman. Whole train vanished.
Kelly: The whole train vanished.?
Edwin Wade: Yeah. Steam engine, six box cars.
Kelly: A steam engine and six box cars? Carrying what?
Edwin Wade: Stone.
Kelly: Stone?
Edwin Wade: Uh, you want to not do that, please? Don't repeat everything I say. My wife does it. That's why I travel so much. So don't you do it, please, makes me very nervous.
Kelly: Nervous? Sorry.

(touring the Tiger Balm Gardens)
Scott: Kind of nice of ol' um, whatshisname...?
Kelly: What?
Scott: Pow--Pah--Popov... Popov. Kind of nice of him to do all this for the folks here, I'll tell you that.
Kelly: Kinda nice of them to make him a billionaire, buying his liniment.
Scott: Well, it's that tiger balm. You know, they really believe in that kind of stuff.
Kelly: Don't know why not. The label says you can rub it on--it gets rid of anything.
Scott: Maybe they rubbed it on the train.

Kelly: You're not listening to me.
Scott: No, I'm not.
Kelly: All right, you're fired.
Scott: Listen, we've been through a lot together, haven't we?
Kelly: I guess.
Scott: I've pulled you out of a lot of close shaves, haven't I?
Kelly: Yeah.
Scott: I know you'd do the same thing for me if I needed it, wouldn't you?
Kelly: I would hold whit- hot steel in my hands to save you, are you kiddin'?
Scott: Kelly?
Kelly: What is it? What do you want me to do?
Scott: Carry me.

Kelly: I think I heard a train bell.
Scott: Me, too.
Kelly: Sometimes given a premise like that, it means there's a train bell around.
Scott: You're a deep thinker.

Episode Goofs
The stunt double standing in for Robert Culp in the final fight has noticeably different hair and facial features than the actor.

Cultural References
Scott: The Green Hornet and his faith valet Kato.

Kato is the driver of the Black Beauty, a high-tech car with weapons, in The Green Hornet radio serial and subsequent TV, movie, and comic book adaptations.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSheldon Leonard
ProducerFouad Said  |  Morton Fine  |  David Friedkin
Associate ProducerRonald Jacobs
CastingRuth Burch
MusicEarle Hagen
Music EditorKen Johnson (5)  |  Donn Cambern
HairstylistJean Kirk
Make-upThomas Tuttle
Set DecoratorKen Swartz
Property MasterStuart Stevenson
Production AssistantJoel Swanson
Director of PhotographySidney Hickox
Production SupervisorRonald Jacobs
Art DirectorKenneth A. Reid
Production ManagerEdward M. Hillie  |  Frank Myers (1)  |  Marvin Farkas
Sound EditorJohn D. Hall  |  Dick Maier (1)
Film EditorBud Molin
CostumerHarald Johnson  |  Florence Albert
Assistant DirectorRuss Haverick  |  John C. Chulay
Sound EngineerCam McCulloch
Music CoordinatorWalter Popp
ContinuityGloria Morgan
Editorial CoordinatorJerry Jameson
Assistant To The Production ManagerStanley J. Brooks
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