1x21 The Night of the Puppeteer
First Aired: Feb. 25, 1966 on CBS
Summary: A Supreme Court justice will not believe his life is in danger---until a puppet-show marionette fires a gun at him.
Main Characters in this Episode
- Goof (continuity error): SPOILER: When Artemus, Jim and Vivid exit the elevator the door opens outward on hinges like any ordinary door. Previously, when Jim and, later, Artie entered the elevator, the door slid open and closed like a conventional elevator door.
- Goof (revealing mistake): When West is shot in the opener he spreads his hand flat across his chest, presumably at the point of entry of whatever struck him. In the next act when he is aroused the doctor shows him a large long dart (comparable to a throwing dart) and declares that it was the dart that struck West. But nothing was sticking out of West's chest when he fell to the floor. Also, the dart was too big too have been fired from the bore of the puppet's weapon.
- Goof (factual errors): The Supreme Court of the United States is, strictly speaking, an appeals court, and does not commonly pass verdicts in the ordinary sense of the word. Instead, it upholds or overturns the decisions of lower courts. While it is true that overturning Skull's conviction in a lower court would have nullified the death sentence, the Supreme Court did not pass the sentence, although both Skull and Justice Chayne incorrectly spoke as if this were the case. (The possibility also exists for the Supreme Court to overturn a sentence while upholding a conviction; however, cases such as these only affect a sentence already passed by a lower court, so even in these examples, it is also not accurate to speak of the Supreme Court "passing sentence").
- Goof (continuity error): SPOILER: The distance from Skull's aerie to the elevator's lower door does not match the distance from the window at the top to the underwater explosion. The distance at the top is much farther away from the elevator shaft.
- Goof (anachronisms): The word "puppeteer" wasn't coined until about 1915.
- According to the introductory comments by Robert Conrad on the DVD set, the stark look of this episode (shot mostly on a dark soundstage with spotlights illuminating the action and highly stylized sets for the bench and jury box) was the vision of director Irving J. Moore.
- Although listed in the cast only as "Butler (uncredited)", the character played by Jack Tygett is referred to as "Pitney" by both Skull and West. The Waitress, played by Janis Hansen, says her name is Wilbur, but this name does not appear in the credits either.