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Monday, October 4, 2010

Do You Remember...The Man from U.N.C.L.E.?

Do you remember the 1966 holiday episode of the TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. entitled 'The Jingle Bells Affair?' Our favorite espionage agents, Solo and Kuryakin, are put in charge of providing security to the Russian Chairman who is scheduled to speak at the United Nations over the holiday. The Chairman is impressed with the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City and all the consumer choices that the department store offers.

But his Russian comrades fear that the Chairman will become so enamored by what he sees at the lavish American retail store that he will betray the Communist commitment. However, the Chairman’s willingness to indulge in the spirit of the season may ultimately save his life.

This episode is Cold War Christmas at its best--who wouldn’t be swayed by the magic of Santa Claus? Look for the amazing footage of 1960s Macy’s Parade and New York City decorated for the holiday in the establishing shots within this episode. Don’t miss the scene where Solo and Kuryakin are tied up in a pen with live turkeys! A hungry turkey pecking at the ropes around their hands allows them to free themselves and escape their captors. A very holiday get away indeed!

This episode is easily found on the DVD release: Season 3, disc 5. Check your local libraries or on-line rental queues for its availability if you don't already own it.

Merry Christmas comrades!

The TV show's theme tune and opening credits to remind you how awesome this show is!

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