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I Spy: The Tiger

Kelly is sent on a suicide mission to activate a trap that guerillas in Southeast Asia have set for a medical missionary revered as a saint by the locals. The guerillas have the man's daughter hostage and have set a trap, and Kelly has to get there first and set off the trap himself. Things get complicated when Kelly learns that the daughter is an agency spy... and his old girlfriend.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x15
Airdate: Wednesday January 05th, 1966

Director: Paul Wendkos
Writer: Robert Culp

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Guest Stars
France Nuyen
As Sam (Sam Maclean)
Nancy Hsueh
As Nurse (as Nancy Hshueh)
Beulah Quo
As Mother
Lew Ayres
As Dr. Maclean (Owen Maclean)
Robert Brubaker
As Col. Wise (Gabe Wise)
Allen Yung
As Commandant
William Boyett
As Pilot (Jim)
Martin Fong
As Groggy Soldier
Main Cast
Robert Culp
As Kelly Robinson
Bill Cosby
As Alexander Scott


In Vietnam, Dr. Owen Maclean is in a tent in the jungle operating on a boy. A local resistance fighter runs in to warn him that the guerillas are coming. A stray bullet hits Maclean and the fighters hold him up while he struggles to complete the surgery. The boy dies and Maclean quickly baptizes the boy and then tells everyone to get out while he shoots up the supply of drugs and then sets the tent on fire...

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Episode Quotes
Scott: You know, as soon as somebody touches you, you're going to fall apart at the seams.
Kelly: It's not the pain of the thing that bothers me. It's uh, the agony.
Scott: This is not one of your friendly bedroom assignments.
Kelly: I hope not. I would never make it.
Scott: All I ask is that you just don't get cute.
Kelly: I never get cute.
Scott: You don't get cute. Mary Poppins the spy.

Kelly: Hey, Karachi, remember?
Sam: I remember that lousy Russian broad. I remember her.
Kelly: Oh, come on now, that's not--that's not fair. That was just line of duty anyway and you know it. While we're on the subject, I remember her partner with wonderful wavy hair. I remember him.
Sam: You told me to get the microfilm from him. You didn't say anything about how.
Kelly: I still say he wore a toupee.
Sam: No he didn't.

Pilot: What is it makes you so sure he's down there?
Scott: He's my partner and my partner never dies. Now what do you think of that?

Kelly: Your daughter's quite right, sir, you are being foolish. In less than a month they will destroy everything you've built over the last 20 years with your help. Every faith, every belief that the people have ever had in you. Gone. You're not the kind of man who can stand by and watch that happen. You will go back on your word to them and they will kill you for it. You will not survive and that is a waste.

Kelly: It's pretty. From here.
Scott: Pretty. Is that all you can say in the face of such magnificence?
Kelly: It's magnificent.
Scott: From here.
Kelly: What would they do without us, I'd like to know that. Those millions down there. Without us to protect them from forces of evil, how would they survive?
Scott: About the same, actually.
Kelly: Are you kidding? What about the back streets of intrigue and violence? The dark alleys of injustice? Horror, death.
Scott: What about them?
Kelly: They're terrible places.
Scott: I never liked them.

Cultural References
Scott: Mary Poppins the spy.

Mary Poppins is the magical nanny created by P.L. Travers who flies using an umbrella and visits children to teach them and their families valuable life lessons.

Kelly: Unfortunately I can't knock her out like Terry and the Pirates and carry her down the street.

Terry and the Pirates was a comic strip starting in 1974, featuring the adventures of American teenager Terry Lee fighting all manner of villains, including the Dragon Lady.

Scott: You're right about that, kemosabe.

Tonto is the faithful Indian sidekick and friend of the Lone Ranger in the radio and TV series. He calls the Ranger "kemosabe," which typically means "faithful friend."

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 MasterStuart Stevenson
Production AssistantJoel Swanson
Director of PhotographyFleet Southcott
Production SupervisorRonald Jacobs
Art DirectorKenneth A. Reid
Production ManagerFrank Myers (1)  |  Edward M. Hillie
Sound EditorDick Maier (1)
Special EffectsJoe Lombardi
Film EditorBasil Wrangell
CostumerHarald Johnson  |  Florence Albert
Assistant DirectorRobert Daley
Sound EngineerTommy N. Thompson
Music CoordinatorWalter Popp
ContinuityMichael Preece (1)
Editorial CoordinatorJerry Jameson
Assistant To The Production ManagerStanley J. Brooks
Warning: I Spy season 1 episode 15 guide may contain spoilers
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