In San Francisco, Jim rides to the Mermaid Tavern and examines a key that he received with a mermaid on it. They key opens the door and the agent steps inside. A woman is posing as a mermaid behind the bar and Jim asks the bartender for the Marquis de La Mer. The bartender tells him to take a seat and Jim obliges. The Marquis’s voice emerges from a pufferfish hanging from the ceiling, apologizing for the short notice. Jim points out that the note said the meeting was in the interests of national security and suggests they knock off the game. The Marquis agrees and the mermaid at the bar shoots Jim with a dart...Read the full recap
Lt. Keighley: Ah, Gordon, prey what have you dredged up from the briny, Neptune himself? (leaves)
Artemus: I bet that man furnishes enough wind to sail his own ship.
Marquis Philippe de La Mer: You imply that I’m not practical?
James: No, I said you’re cracked.
James: Artie, are you sure that your voice is up to addressing this, um, society?
Artemus: Are you kidding? I can reach the last row of a showboat while doing a buck-and-wing, fighting a bout with double pneumonia.