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Injured in a fall, the President of the United States is in desperate need of surgery -- and the operation must be kept secret. Naturally, Seaview is chosen as the best place for the operation. An enemy agent, taking the place of the doctor who would have used a radiological device on the President, will attempt to kill the Commander-in-Chief with a deadly ray. Will she be discovered in time to save the President?

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 7206
Airdate: Monday December 28th, 1964

Director: Gerd Oswald
Writer: Don Brinkley

Guest Stars
John HoytJohn Hoyt
As General Beeker
Malcolm AtterburyMalcolm Atterbury
As Commander Jamison
Edward PlattEdward Platt
As Morgan

Co-Guest Stars
David Lewis (3)David Lewis (3)
As Dr. Kranz
Nancy KovackNancy Kovack
As Monique
Berry KroegerBerry Kroeger
As Chairman

James DoohanJames Doohan
As Tobin
Ford RaineyFord Rainey
As U. S. President
Paul CarrPaul Carr
As Clark
James SeayJames Seay
As The Secretary
Main Cast
Richard BasehartRichard Basehart
As Adm. Harriman Nelson
David HedisonDavid Hedison
As Capt. Lee B. Crane
Henry KulkyHenry Kulky
As Chief Curley Jones
Robert DowdellRobert Dowdell
As LCDR Chip Morton
Del MonroeDel Monroe
As Kowalski
Episode Notes
The concept of injecting a radioisotope and then using a magnetic force to affect only specific tissue is somewhat predictive. This approach is presently under exploration for the treatment of cancer. Called photodynamic therapy, it involves injections of a "photosensitizing agent" which is taken up by the cells of the body, but retained longer by neoplastic (cancerous) cells. After a suitable delay to allow healthy cells time to metabolize the agent, doctors use intense light to activate the agent. Directed at the site of disease, it transforms the agent into a deadly form of oxygen that kills cells near it (by subjecting them to lethal oxidative stress). This is conceptually how the MGQ device used in this episode functioned.

Cultural References
Edward Platt has a small role as Morgan, a security official. Fans of Get Smart (1965) will recognize him from his best known role as the Chief of CONTROL.

Fans of Star Trek may recognize three actors who will go on to star in that series. John Hoyt played Phillip Boyce, the original Enterprise surgeon from the episode "The Cage" which was later split into the two part episode "The Menagerie" (with a framing sequence around it). James Doohan, behind a thick brogue, played Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott. And Monique (the attractive motorist/enemy agent) was played by Nancy Kovack in a blink-and-you'll-miss-her role. Kovack would co-star as Nona in the episode "A Private Little War".

Episode References
A number of the uncredited actors are the same actors in the same roles seen in the earlier episode, Hot Line.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorIrwin Allen
ProducerIrwin Allen
Associate ProducerJoseph Gantman
Music EditorHarry Eisen
Music SupervisorLionel Newman
Set DecoratorNorman Rockett  |  Walter M. Scott
Production AssistantPaul Zastupnevich
Production CoordinatorHal Herman  |  Les Warner
Post Production SupervisorGeorge E. Swink
Director of PhotographyWinton C. Hoch
Story EditorWilliam Welch
Art DirectorWilliam J. Creber  |  Jack Martin Smith
Post Production CoordinatorRobert Mintz
Production ManagerGaston Glass
Film EditorRobert Belcher
Assistant DirectorGilbert Mandelik
Executive In Charge Of ProductionWilliam Self (2)
Supervising Music EditorLeonard A. Engel
Theme MusicPaul Sawtell
Special Photographic EffectsL.B. Abbott
Supervising Sound Effects EditorRalph Hickey
Associate Story EditorAl Gail
Supervising Film EditorRoland Gross
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