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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Amnesiac

Jim is escorting a case of smallpox vaccine to a town suffering from an epidemic, but outlaws take it, wound him in the head, and leave him for dead. Suffering from amnesia, Jim stumbles into a nearby town where a saloon girl takes him under her wing. Meanwhile, the man behind the theft, Furman Crotty, uses the vaccine as leverage to get himself released from prison and demand a million dollars from the U.S. government.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x22
Production Number: 3224-0365
Airdate: Friday February 09th, 1968

Guest Stars
Jack RigneyJack Rigney
As The Bartender
Jerry LaveroniJerry Laveroni
As Irish
Sebastian TomSebastian Tom
As Masseur
Sharon FarrellSharon Farrell
As Cloris (Cloris Colton)
Edward AsnerEdward Asner
As Furman Crotty
John KelloggJohn Kellogg
As Rusty
Kevin HagenKevin Hagen
As Silas Crotty
George PetrieGeorge Petrie
As Col. Petrie
Johnny JensenJohnny Jensen
As The Boy
James NolanJames Nolan
As The Warden (as Jim Nolan)
Don HoworthDon Howorth
As The Brute (Don Howorth--Mr. World)
Gil LambGil Lamb
As Claude (Claude Peepers)

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


Jim is aboard a stagecoach transporting vials of smallpox vaccine. A single passenger, Irish, is aboard and starts whistling. After a moment he stops, closes the window to keep out the dust, and takes out a flask disguised as a flintlock pistol. Jim asks to see it and Iris offers him a drink, and the agent explains that he’s on duty. As soon as Jim introduces himself by name, Irish attacks him...

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Left: Jim doesn't remember his own name.
Lower Right: Artie finds Furman's message demanding $1 million for the vaccine.
Upper Right: Furman promises to kill Jim, Artie, and Cloris.
Upper Left: Jim and Artie ride off for their dinner date.

Episode Quotes
Irish: There are some that say that God looks after fools, drunkards, and the United States.

The Warden: Here he is. 124AG.
Artemus: Formerly known as Furman Crotty. Grand khalif of Kansas crime. Who's been known to remark facetiously, "I regard people as flies and myself as a long-overdue insecticide." Very pretty.

Artemus: You deliver that vaccine and Jim West, maybe I'll discuss your terms.
Furman Crotty: Gordon, I'm stunned by your sentimentality. Why, you're probably the type who approves of bronze-plating baby shoes. I, of course, approving of bronze-plating the baby, but...

The Warden: I won't trouble the guards to make up your bunk, Crotty. State regulations force me to offer you this change of clothing.
Furman Crotty: And good taste forces me to refuse. Save it for Easter, Warden.

James: Cloris, when you're trying to rebuild a life, you grab any piece of lumber you can find.

Furman Crotty: There's only one Mister Crotty around here.
Silas Crotty: You sure going to a lot of trouble to put me in my place, Furman. Makes me think you're afraid of me.
Furman Crotty: I might be, Silas. If I didn't know how loyal you are.

Furman Crotty: Every time I have to kill someone who's family, I get depressed.

Furman Crotty: Welcome to Crotty's Genocide Club. the only truly liberal establishment of its kind. We'll kill anyone, no questions asked. Particularly you three.

Artemus: Crotty, this epidemic has already reached monumental proportions. Thousands more are going to die. Don't you care how many people you kill?
Furman Crotty: They're inferior. They're the great unwashed. Plymouth Rock should have landed on the pilgrims.

Episode Goofs
The sign on the vaccine box says "U.S. Dept. of Health." There has never been a U.S. Department of Heath. The Department of Health, Education, and Welfare wasn't created until 1933.

In the warden's office, Furman suggests that Artie use an Ouija board to find Jim. The Ouija board wasn't created until 1890.

Artie knocks out the masseur with the trick cane he produces out of thin air. Although the sound effect is convincing, the magician's trick cane is a lightweight metal spring that, when expanded, is essentially hollow (as can be seen in the next room when Artie pokes the wall). There is no way that someone can be hit hard enough with one to be knocked unconscious.

When Rusty interrogates the bartender, he calls him Pinocchio. The Adventures of Pinocchio wasn't published until 1883, wasn't translated into English until 1892, and didn't receive widespread popularity until 1911.

Furman welcomes Jim and Artemus to his "genocide club." The word genocide wasn't created until the 1940s.

When "Crotty" attacks Jim at the end, his stunt double has noticeably bushier hair than Edward Asner.

Cultural References
Furman Crotty: Oh! what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.

Furman quotes from Walter Scott's poem "Marmion," Canto VI, XVII.

"Yet Clare's sharp questions must I shun
Must separate Constance from the nun
Oh! what a tangled web we weave
When first we practice to deceive!
A Palmer too! No wonder why
I felt rebuked beneath his eye."

Episode References
Jim weighs approximately 200 lbs.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
Unit Production ManagerMike Moder
MusicMundell Lowe
Make-upDon Schoenfeld
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyRichard L. Rawlings
Art DirectorRobert Crawley
Film EditorAlan Jaggs
Assistant DirectorChristopher Seitz
Assistant To The ProducerJoe Kirby
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Paula Giokaris
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