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The Wild Wild West: The Night of the Plague

Governor Trent's daughter Averi is kidnapped by bandits, but while Jim goes to rescue her, Artie finds out that one of the men has the plague... and if Jim and anyone else exposed isn't treated in three days, they'll die.

Episode Info

Episode number: 4x23
Production Number: 3224-0624
Airdate: Friday April 04th, 1969

Director: Irving J. Moore
Story: Ed Adamson
Teleplay: Frank L. Moss

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Guest Stars
Lana Wood
As Averi Trent
John Hoyt
As Guild
James Lanphier
As Malcolm (Malcolm Lansing)
Douglas Henderson
As Colonel Richmond (Colonel James Richmond)
Bill Zuckert
As Sheriff
Tyler McVey
As Doctor
Cliff Norton
As Drummer
William Bryant
As Duncan (Duncan Lansing)
Pilar Del Rey
As Mexican Matron
Wayne Cochran
As Stacey
Dan Cass
As Stagehand (Olin)
Artt Frank
As Drunk Actor
Edward LeVeque
As Mexican Peasant
Flora Plumb
As Saloon Girl #1
Jacqueline J. Sayls
As Saloon GIrl #2
Doug Pence
As Stagehand

Red West
As Carl
Robert Conrad
As Donald
Main Cast
Robert Conrad
As James T. West
Ross Martin (1)
As Artemus Gordon


Aboard a stagecoach, Averi Trent tries to ignore the over-eager casket salesman going on about his wares. The stagecoach slows down and the driver tells them that they're picking up another passenger. Averi objects, saying there's no room, but the driver still slows down and lets Jim on-board. He moves Averi's luggage, ignoring her complaint that she paid for two seats, and let's a Mexican woman and her child sit there instead while he occupies the floor. ..

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Episode Notes
Corner slides:
Lower Right: Artie realizes that Jim has the plague.
Upper Right: Averi foils Jim's attempt to rescue her.
Lower Left: Jim rides off with Averi.
Upper Left: Jim and Artie stare at Donald in shock.

The footage of Jim sneaking upon the guard on the cliff and then lowering himself down on a winch is all recycled footage from "The Night of the Jack O'Diamonds."

Episode Quotes
Averi Trent: Hey you, whatever your name is.
Duncan: Dear lady, from my bottom of my heart, I do sweetly urge you to shut up!

Episode Goofs
When stuntman stalwart Red West falls off the cliff while fighting Jim, the camera cuts to a shot of a dummy dressed in Indian clothing.

Cultural References
Duncan: The quality of mercy is not strained.

The gambler quotes from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice (1596). Portia continues, "It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven; Upon the place beneath: it is twice blest; It blesseth him that gives and him that takes."

Stills: Oh my offenses rank. It smells to Heaven. It hath the primal eldest curse upon ’t.

The outlaw actor quotes from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 3.

Artemus: Artemus, looks like the play's the thing, wherein we'll capture the conscience of... I wonder who?

Artie quotes from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 2, Scene 2. The full line is "I'll have grounds more relative than this--the play's the thing wherein I'll catch the conscience of the king."

Artemus: There's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.

Artie quotes from Shakespeare's Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 2.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorMichael Garrison
ProducerBruce Lansbury
Associate ProducerLeonard Katzman
EditorEllsworth Hoagland
CastingAl Onorato
Unit Production ManagerSam Manners
Music SupervisorMartin L. Klein (1)  |  Morton Stevens
Make-upKen Chase
Set DecoratorRaymond Molyneaux
Director of PhotographyEdward R. Plante
Art DirectorWilliam Craig Smith
Assistant ProducerJoe Kirby
Assistant DirectorCharles Scott, Jr.
Story ConsultantHenry Sharp
CostumesJack Muhs  |  Paula Giokaris
Warning: The Wild Wild West season 4 episode 23 guide may contain spoilers
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