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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Vicious Valentine

A homicidal matchmaker plans to conquer the U.S. and declare herself Empress by taking control of the assets of five rich industrialists by having them marry her agents and then kill them.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x20
Production Number: 6620
Airdate: Friday February 10th, 1967

Guest Stars
Diane McBainDiane McBain
As Elaine Dodd
Sherry JacksonSherry Jackson
As Michele Le Master
Henry BeckmanHenry Beckman
As Paul J. Lambert
Walter SandeWalter Sande
As Colonel Crockett
Agnes MooreheadAgnes Moorehead
As Emma Valentine
Shepard MenkenShepard Menken
As E.N. Itnelav
J. Edward McKinleyJ. Edward McKinley
As Curtis Langley Dodd
Don DillawayDon Dillaway
As Griffin the Butler
Owen CunninghamOwen Cunningham
As Minister
Mitzie EvansMitzie Evans
As Aide (Gates)

Jack PerkinsJack Perkins
As Lenny
Mickey DanielsMickey Daniels
As Giggling Henchman
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


In Kansas City, industrialist Curtis Langley Dodd is at home playing the piano, unaware that a crossbow is mounted inside. Dodd’s butler Griffin answers the door to find Jim and Artie there. They ask to see Dodd but the butler refuses to let them in. When they hear the piano playing, Jim grabs Griffin and demands that he confirm that Dodd is playing the piano. When he does, Jim insists that he open the door. Griffin does so but then calls in two manservants to deal with agents. Jim goes to find Dodd and runs into Elaine Dodd, Dodd’s wife. She insists that he leave but Jim says that her husband is danger. He goes to the lounge and tells Dodd to stop, just as Griffin comes in with a gun. As Jim struggles for the gun, the crossbow goes off, killing Dodd...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Left: Artemus is about to be decapitated by a paper-cutting machine.
Lower Right: Emma gloats over Jim's unconscious body.
Upper Right: Emma's men capture Artemus.
Upper Left: James and Artemus receive a wedding invitation and a box of chocolates.

Agnes Moorehead received a Emmy for Best Performance by a Female Guest Star in a Dramatic Series for her role as Emma Valentine.

Episode Quotes
Colonel Crockett: I'll tell you, I'd rather take on a pack of screaming Comanches any day then one of these mad dog killers.

Emma Valentine: Mr. West, have you ever been discovered?
James: I didn't know that anyone was looking for me.

Emma Valentine: You. You, Mr. West. You're not gaudy or shrill. You're just too, too wonderfully compelling. You're a quiet, terribly attractive young man whose game is, uh, life... and death.

Emma Valentine: Which do you prefer? Blondes, brunettes, or redheads?
James: Yes. All three.

Emma Valentine: What do you demand of a woman: intelligence or beauty?
James: Beauty if they're intelligent. Intelligence if they're beautiful.

Emma Valentine: Mr. West, what do you notice first in a woman?
James: Her lips, her eyes, her hair. Her figure. But not necessarily in that order.

Emma Valentine: On the basis of your answers, it would seem that your ideal mate is a combination of Aphrodite, Helen of Troy, and Lola Montez. Oh, Mr. West, I'm afraid it can't be done.
James: Oh, Frankly I like to do my own shopping anyway.
Emma Valentine: And you adore shopping, don't you, Mr. West? Because all those fluffy-headed little girls thrill to the touch of you.

Cultural References
Emma Valentine: On the basis of your answers, it would seem that your ideal mate is a combination of Aphrodite, Helen of Troy, and Lola Montez.

Lola Montez was a famous Irish dancer and actress, who was the courtesan and mistress to King Ludwig I of Bavaria, making her the Countess of Landsfeld. From 1851 to 1853, she performed in the U.S., and died in 1861.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
CastingEdward F. Rhine
Music SupervisorMorton Stevens
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyTed Voigtlander
Art DirectorAlbert Heschong
Film EditorAlan Jaggs
Assistant DirectorMike Moder
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
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