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I Spy: The Barter

In Tokyo, an American businessman helps the agents rescue a Russian defector. However, the Russians respond by abducting the businessman's daughter and offering a trade.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x16
Airdate: Wednesday January 12th, 1966

Guest Stars
Roger C. CarmelRoger C. Carmel
As Gordon Merritt
George TakeiGeorge Takei
As Yuze
John Abbott (1)John Abbott (1)
As Professor Shenko (Janos Shenko)
Philip OberPhilip Ober
As Mr. Sommers (Jeff Sommers)
Michael ForestMichael Forest
As Igor (Igor Baliyakuvan)
Lisa JagerLisa Jager
As Lin Sommers
Noel DraytonNoel Drayton
As Mr. Gurney
George PerinaGeorge Perina
As Fjodor
Yuki ShimadoYuki Shimado
As Mr. Shung
George ZaimaGeorge Zaima
As Clerk
Karl LukasKarl Lukas
As Agent #2
Brad LoganBrad Logan
As Agent #1
Joan BlackmanJoan Blackman
As Donna Shepard
Main Cast
Robert CulpRobert Culp
As Kelly Robinson
Bill CosbyBill Cosby
As Alexander Scott


In Moscow, political philosopher Professor Janos Shenko is burning papers in his study fireplace. He picks up a photo of his wife and packs it with his other belongings as someone knocks at the door. There's a knock at the door and Shenko washes the ash off of his hands and then answers. The Russian government's agent Fjodor and two of his men are there to pick Shenko up for his trip to Tokyo. Fjodor glances through Shenko's luggage and notices the photo, commenting that Shenko hasn't left Russia since his wife's death. He tells Shenko that his two men, Igor Baliyakuvan and Koski, are pistol and judo experts and will accompany him to Tokyo as bodyguards to make sure that no one breaks in... or out...

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Episode Quotes
Alexander: Well, that's too bad. Connecting room there could be a real help.
Kelly: That's what we need, then.
Alexander: Well, we got one. We've got a connecting door here.
Kelly: No, not a door, nitwit, a head of state.
Alexander: Well, we don't have one of those.
Kelly: My man, my man, you've never been head of anything.
Alexander: Well, I was, uh, head of the stamp club in 1952.
Kelly: Well, that's an excellent beginning, Mr. Ambassador.

Professor Shenko: Perhaps things are happening too fast, but I am at a loss.. You, a private citizen, doing all this. special boat making special arrangements. And you gentlemen risked your lives. All this for me? If I were nuclear scientist, I would understand, but I am only teacher.
Alexander: Yes, and you're about to teach the greatest lesson of your career. That a man, having had the convictions that you've had and by turning from them toward freedom, why, it's got to make people stop and think and examine.
Professor Shenko: Perhaps at last will come understanding.

Gordon Merritt: Well, as the poet said, "But were there never any. Wirth'd not of passing joy?" Shelley.
Alexander: Keats.
Gordon Merritt: Keats? Would you like to wager?
Kelly: I wouldn't. It'd be a cold deck. He's a Rhodes Scholar.

Kelly: Listen, why don't you, uh, leave the bottle?
Gordon Merritt: Excellent! You're going to ply me with liquor, aren't you? So many people these days forget the little niceties. It won't work, of course, but it is appreciated.

Episode Goofs
Gurney tells Kelly that Shenko has a penthouse suite. However, when Scott checks in, there are only three slots marked "Penthouse," and the clerk offers him all three keys.

Gurney tells Kelly that Shenko is staying at the Savoy Hotel. However, later when the clerk welcomes Scott to the hotel, he calls it the Nutani Hotel.

When Fyodor calls the hotel room, Igor answers but the Russian lead agent calls him "Koski."

Merritt misquotes Keats, saying, "But were there ever any. Writh'd not at passing joy?" The correct quote is "passed joy."

Cultural References
Graham Merritt: In this instance, it's better that Mr. Smith should not go to Washington.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a 1939 drama about a naive man sent to Washington to replace a deceased U.S. Senator.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSheldon Leonard
ProducerFouad Said  |  Morton Fine  |  David Friedkin
Associate ProducerRonald Jacobs
CastingRuth Burch
MusicHugo Friedhofer
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 EditorBill B. Keith
Special EffectsJoe Lombardi
Film EditorRobert Moore (5)
CostumerHarald Johnson  |  Florence Albert
Assistant DirectorRobert Daley
Sound EngineerTommy N. Thompson
Music CoordinatorWalter Popp
ContinuityMichael Preece (1)
Editorial CoordinatorJerry Jameson
Location Unit DirectorDavid Friedkin
Location Director Of PhotographyFouad Said
Assistant To The Production ManagerStanley J. Brooks
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