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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Gypsy Peril

Jim and Artemus have to deliver a gift from the Sultan of Ramapur to President Grant: a sacred white elephant. But the elephant gets stolen en route by bandits, and Jim tracks it to a gypsy camp where he has to get it back before an international incident occurs.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x18
Production Number: 6618
Airdate: Friday January 20th, 1967

Director: Alan Crosland, Jr.
Writer: Ken Kolb

Guest Stars
Ruta LeeRuta Lee
As Zoe Zagora
Arthur BatanidesArthur Batanides
As Scullen
Charles HorvathCharles Horvath
As Gombal
Ronald LongRonald Long
As Sultan of Ramapur
Mark SladeMark Slade
As Hillard
Johnny SevenJohnny Seven
As Mikolik

Andi GarrettAndi Garrett
As Gypsy Girl
Nick CravatNick Cravat
As Performer
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


In San Francisco, Jim and Artie visit the Ramapur embassy and meet with the Sultan. They welcome him to the U.S. and inform him that President Grant is waiting to meet him in Washington. The Sultan introduces his minister, Gombal, and asks if the journey to Washington is hazardous. The agents assure him that he’ll be safe and the Sultan has first Gombal and then his female servants demonstrate that they are capable of defending their master. The agents point out that the Sultan’s female troops could be distracting and he agrees to travel alone. However, he insists that the agents protect his symbolic gift of international friendship, and insists that the gift embodies Ramapur’s national honor. When they ask what they are escorting, the Sultan shows them a baby white elephant and introduces it as Akbar, ..

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Upper Right: Scullen holds Jim at gunpoint.
Upper Left: Zoe holds Jim at gunpoint.
Lower Right: Mikolik holds Artie at knifepoint.
Lower Left: The Wanderer departs.

Episode Quotes
Artemus: I wonder what it would cost to furnish our place like that?
James: Artie, it’s not the cost, it’s the upkeep.

Artemus: (to Akbar the elephant) You’re know, you're lucky you’re sacred because you’ve got no talent at all.

Scullen: What is it?
James: It's a big dog with a long nose.
Scullen: Is that so? Well, from the color of it, I would have thought it was one of those hairless polar bears.

Artemus: Where's Akbar?
James: I'm going after him right now.
Artemus: Oh, you are, eh?
James: That's right.
Artemus: Which leaves me of course to handle the really dirty end of the job, doesn't it?
James: What are you talking about?
Artemus: It's facing his chubby highness when he comes to.
James: Old friend, I can tell you this one thing. I'm so very very glad it's you and not me.

Mikolik: My queen, the circus is going bad. Let us get away from here, run away together.
Zoe Zagora: Things are not that bad yet.

James: Next you're going to tell me to drop the knife, right?
Scullen: Oh, you're a mind reader too, eh?
James: If you had a mind to read.

Artemus: How’d you like my coyote?
James: That was a coyote?
Artie: I had three answering calls from females proposing marriage.

Zoe Zagora: But unfortunately we have no job openings. We’re a very small outfit. If we were any smaller, we’d be a flea circus.

Zoe Zagora: I am Zoe Zagora, queen of the Zagora Gypsy Circus. Sorceress, seeress, infallible reader of cards and tea leaves… and bail bond expert.

Mikolik: I give you one final chance to leave us. Everyone will know you are a coward, but at least you will have saved your life.
James: Whenever I go to the theater, I like to stay for a full performance. I naturally want to know how it ends.
Mikolik: It ends with a knife.

Artemus: Oh, by the way, how you getting along with the gypsies?
James: Oh, fine, I’m learning a lot. Here’s your wallet, here’s your watch.

James: Zoe, you must listen to me.
Zoe Zagora: From you, I want to know only one thing: how could you prefer an elephant to me?

Episode Goofs
When Jim mounts up to escape, in the background are two gypsy men getting a gypsy woman into the back of a covered wagon. The camera cuts to a reaction shot of Zoe, then cuts back a second later and both the men and the woman have disappeared.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingEdward F. Rhine
MusicRichard Markowitz
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyTed Voigtlander
Art DirectorAlbert Heschong
Film EditorAlan Jaggs
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
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