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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Brain

A megalomaniacal genius who uses a steam-powered wheelchair to propel himself and conserve brain power, matches wits with Jim and Artie, luring them to him by killing their friends and sending the agents fake newspaper in advance announcing his intentions.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x21
Production Number: 6619
Airdate: Friday February 17th, 1967

Guest Stars
Allen JaffeAllen Jaffe
As Leeto
John WarburtonJohn Warburton
As Col. Arnette (Colonel Royce Arnette)

Co-Guest Stars
Jay JostynJay Jostyn
As Butler
Don RizzanDon Rizzan
As Guard
Phil ArnoldPhil Arnold
As Almeric

Dick CangeyDick Cangey
As Thug
Whitey HughesWhitey Hughes
As Thug
Art KouliasArt Koulias
As Brundage
Main Cast
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


A woman, Voulee, caresses a chess piece resembling Jim West on a board. A man slaps her hand with his cane, saying that he told her to move the piece, not stroke it. As he moves it, he notes that Artie will soon be making an appearance and reserves a square for him...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Upper Right: Voulee is informed that her failure was anticipated.
Upper Left: "Leeto" threatens to kill Voulee.
Lower Left: Braine tells Leeto that everything is going as planned.
Lower Right: The Wanderer departs.

Episode Quotes
Arnette: I'd recognize that voice anywhere. West.
James: Yes, sir. I was out walking my dog and the little dickens lead me right to the doorstep of my ex-company commander. Good evening, sir.
Arnette: Well, you'd better get in here before you wine about a casualty list.
James: Yes, sir.
Arnette: Sit down, sit down, my boy.
James: Thank you, sir.
Arnette: By the way, uh, what happened to that dog you were out walking?
James: I knew there was something I forgot.
Arnette: Still the same impossible West.

Braine: Allow me to introduce myself, Mr. West. My name is Braine. That--that's spelled with a small "e" at the end.
James: How do you spell it to rhyme with "murder"?
Braine: How do you...? Oh--that's--that's very good, very good. Yes, yes, humor will play a part in my scheme of things.

Braine: You see, like Zeus I have thunderbolts at my fingertips.
James: I was told that Zeus never missed.
Braine: When that is my objective, neither do I.

Braine: Time is a more delicate element in my equation. Not that I anticipate any trouble on that score when I actually come to grips with it.
James: You continue to astonish me with your modesty.
Braine: Those childish attempts at humor.
James: I thought humor was going to have a place in the scheme of things.
Braine: Your kind of humor, Mr. West, can be overdone. I trust you won't argue the point.
James: I make it a point never to argue with Zeus.

Braine: Do you like the condition of the world? Well. I don't. One massive case history of madness stretching back through the centuries.Starvation, hatred, bloody wars, and no end in sight. Depend on it, sir. A surgeon is needed, not a sugar pill.
James: You with the surgeon's knife in your hand, of course.
Braine: As one particularly well-equipped, yes.

James: Voulee, Braine mentioned a new tunnel. You know where it's located?
Voulee: Oh, it's the forbidden tunnel. Very well guarded.
Artemus: Voulee, darling, that's our favorite kind.

Episode Goofs
When Jim returns to the train after Arnette's death, the outside shot of the Wanderer reveals that it's day. When Jim and Artie leave a few minutes later, it's night outside.

Artie tricks the guards into looking into a stereoscope claiming he has naughty pictures of Lillian Russell. Lillian Russell would have been 11 at the time this episode is supposed to have taken place (1872).

Cultural References
Artemus: Talk about your Lillian Russell.

Lillian Russell was an American singer and actress, born 1861.

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 EditorGrant Smith
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
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