_______ "My Sister's Keeper" Originally aired February 6, 1969 And for the M*A*S*H fans, the commercial's producer, Mr. McKorkle, is played by McLean Stevenson. The product is a soda appropriately if uncreatively named POP; and therefore Ann's auditioning to be The POP Girl. But there's singing involved... The in-story reason for the title is that Terre's character, Rose, is secretly a nun, working odd singing gigs out of habit. Her brother, Tony, plays her brother, Tony, a drummer who finds the gigs for her. You can definitely see the resemblance to Dad in Tony... ...and hear the resemblance in Terre, who's more soft-spoken than Marlo is as Ann. Donald finds out the truth about Rose first and cracks up because he was trying to talk Ann out of meddling with Rose's career prospects. So he arranges for Ann to see Rose singing in habit at her parochial school without telling her what it's about in advance. Ann literally bumps into her father the Father in the hall. Ann: Oh! Oh, excuse me, Father! Father: Oh, that's all right, my child. "Oh, Donald" count: 4 "Oh, Mr. McKorkle" count: 1 "Oh, Rose" count: 1 _______ The Wild Wild West "The Night of the Sabatini Death" Originally aired February 7, 1969 Having previously only seen the end of the episode, I didn't know that Backus was in it as well. The dying Sabatini (Ted de Corsia) wants West's help to protect a young blind woman he's been taking care of on the side who later (and unsurprisingly) turns out to be his secret daughter. He has a mystery gift for her hidden in the town of Calliope, which Jim and Ned suspect is the Army payroll that was stolen by an officer named Nolan and is believed to be hidden somewhere in that town. The bait for Jim is the opportunity to nab a man named Harry Boorman, who's sure to come after Jim because he's after the money. The catch is that Sabatini dies from a curare-filled cigarette before he can tell Jim the full details of how to find the gift. Jim just knows that he needs to give a key to a man named Swanson. Swanson turns out to be the funeral director of the mostly abandoned town, and Jim meets him while he's lying in an open casket. In a later scene he finds Swanson lying in it for good, before Swanson has had a chance to tell him more about the gift. In mingling with the townsfolk, including an unfriendly sheriff (Thomas A. Geas), Jim meets an old woman who's obviously a younger woman in makeup and is claiming to be Nolan's sister (Bethel Leslie)...but I guess it's at least as convincing as Artie's disguises. In the meantime Brown meets the girl, Sylvia (Jill Townsend), and once she's in Calliope, goes looking for a Madonna statue that's supposed to be connected to the gift and finds the crypt where Nolan's supposed to be entombed, which the key opens. The engraving of Nolan's face reveals that he was Sabatini. Eventually everybody gets to the tomb, which includes the whole population of Calliope, who were in cahoots with Boorman (Don "Red" Barry) and his ladyfriend in scheming to find the payroll. Jim and Ned take down the baddies and it turns out that the treasure in the crypt is a will entitling Sylvia to all of the Nolan properties in the area. Honestly, this one was pretty underwhelming...too much filler dragging out a fairly predictable plot and nothing in the way of nifty Old West spy fi business. And I'm afraid to say that I wasn't terribly taken by Hale as Ned Brown. Pike was a more convincing substitute Artie, though they lampshaded that by establishing that Brown was in the chemistry section and being recruited on the spot to get involved in the mission...but on the other hand, they didn't do enough with that angle, making it seem like he was a perfectly competent field agent once he was on the job....if not as big on disguises as Jim's usual partners. The only moment that passes for a disguise angle is Brown dropping a false name. But of course, we did get the cute Gilligan's Island gag in the train coda. There used to be a clip of it on YouTube, but I couldn't find it. And that'll be it for The Wild Wild West until such a time as Me changes its Stoogey ways. _______ Really early '70s...like, pre-'70s. But not terribly memorable either. Kinda has an '80s vibe for me. Were you familiar with the R.E.M. version? Which book would that be?