The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.: Season One, Episodes 4, 5, and 6 (1966) – reviewed by George

Before we start this week’s three-episode review, I want to report what I learned from my TV this week, namely: “Trelegy may increase your risk of Thrush”.

Episode 4: The Mata Hari Affair
Mark Slate (Nigel Harrison) and April Dancer (Stephanie Powers) are in a helicopter, with Mark piloting, chasing a train in the south of France. Their assignment is to rescue Mata Hurens (Leslie Dean) from the train, because for some reason Thrush wants her dead. On Channel D Mr. Waverly (Leo G. Carroll) is telling them that Mata is in the Drawing Room of car 1642, the third car from the engine. “Urgent that you get her off that train!”
April climbs into a strap and Mark lowers her to the train, but she has a hard time trying to separate car 1642 from the train, and the clock is ticking. Finally she just enters the train, finds Mata, and is telling her they have to leave when the train hits an explosive device on the tracks and is derailed, and Mata is killed. So what’s a beautiful spy (who can dance) to do? As Mata Hurens, she is accompanied to London by Mark as her agent, so she can appear on the London stage as Mata Hari – Stephanie gets to do a sexy dance in a pink body suit – but she is in serious danger all the time. Why in the world does Thrush want Mata dead?
Written by Samuel Peeples, Directed by Joseph Sargent.

Episode 5: The Montori Device Affair
In Rome the local U.N.C.L.E. HQ is under attack, and the attackers know exactly what they’re looking for: the Montori Device which allows listening in on all U.N.C.L.E. channels. It looks like an innocent piece of jewelry, but to Thrush it means control and when it is sighted pinned on the lapel of a female agent, she is ruthlessly gunned down and the device stolen. Mr. Waverly immediately cancels all communications until it is recovered. The Thrush agent who got out with the device was shot and is fatally wounded, but he still manages to get to the apartment of Conrad Rossano (Edward Andrews) and put it through the mail slot and ring the bell before staggering off to die. The problem is that nobody knows what it looks like except U.N.C.L.E. people and the Thrush attack team. Proof: as the wounded man is dying he tries to report in but cannot speak, and the voice from his communicator keeps yelling, “Describe the unit!” over and over. And Conrad definitely does not know. So when his girlfriend’s little girl Felicia (Lisa Loring) picks it up before the adults notice, and pins it to her already jewelry-cluttered blouse, Conrad is tearing up the entry for nothing.
The two major villains here are Professor Boris Budge (John Carradine) and Tullio (Ted Cassidy), and Conrad’s girlfriend is Chu-Chu (Dee Hartford), the world’s highest paid model, while Conrad is a famous designer. And April goes undercover as a model to find the thing while the bad guys are busy brain-washing everyone, including Conrad’s best customer Madame Freuchen-Nagy (Linda Watkins) and her husband (Ivor Barry).
Incidentally Randy Kovacs (Randy Kirby), the high school senior who helps Mr. Waverly occasionally, is back for this episode, and Mark Slate is working with April.
Written by Boris Sobelman, Directed by John Brahm.

Episode 6: The Horns-of-the-Dilemma Affair
This is a bull-fighting episode with Alejandro DeSada (Fernando Lamas) training against the wheel-mounted horns, and his good friend and co-conspirator Paco Herrera (Alejandro Rey) romancing April, who does a fiery flamenco, but is eventually unmasked and in great danger. Mark is working with her, but is captured and set to die in an unusual way. However, Mr. Waverly is riding to the rescue.
The bad guys have a brain-drain device, so that a man’s entire mind can be stored on a computer. Of course it kills the man, but so what? You have his inventions, his insights, everything.
Exciting and suspenseful and no bulls were harmed (or even shown) in the making of this film.
Written by Tony Barrett, Directed by John Brahm.

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