While Max and 99 host a writer who is doing a story on CONTROL for a national news magazine, his assistant is a KAOS agent intent on making them look like fools.
Did You Know?
This episode gives a nod to George Macready
's performance in Paths of Glory
(1957). In that movie, Colonel Dax (Kirk Douglas
) offers General Mireau (Macready) the opportunity to peek out of a World War I trench using a periscope. Dax: "I imagine you'd like a look around, wouldn't you?" Mireau: "Yes, Colonel." Here, Maxwell Smart (Don Adams
) tells Mr. Fitzmaurice (Macready) that the rainspout on the side of a building is actually a periscope. Max: "Would you like to take a look?" Fitzmaurice: "I should be delighted!" (Of course, Fitzmaurice gets a face full of rainwater for his trouble.) See more
The Chief says that the magazine reporter Fitzmaurice specifically wanted Max and 99 present when the reporter was going to interview him (the Chief). CONTROL was a secret organization, yet the reporter knew Max and 99 were agents in the secret organization. See more
This morning I received a phone call that may change the destiny of our entire organization. Weeknews magazine is going to do a feature story on us.
They picked us over Eddie Fisher, Ho Chi Minh and the President's grandson.
Do you think publicity is such a good idea, Chief?
Well of course it is. The CIA is in the newspapers all the time and the FBI has its own television show. We're the only secret organization in the world that nobody ever heard of.
References The F.B.I.