Ep 10. The Apes of Wrath
- November 28, 1969
- 24 min
Agent 86, Maxwell Smart, and Agent 99 are assigned the task of tracking down the perpetrators behind a national security breach. While on their mission, they come across a group of chimpanzees who seem to have high-level training in espionage tactics. Eventually, the agents come to know that an anarchic group of ape cult is trying to learn spy techniques so that they can use them to do terrorist activities.
Agent 86 and Agent 99 get the help of Siegfried and Shtarker to get into the ape cult. They disguise themselves as ape members to infiltrate the cult. However, things turn problematic when their disguise is uncovered and they get stuck in a cage with three other chimps. This doesn't stop the duo from working on gathering intel, and they cleverly plant a radio transmitter in the office of the organization's leader, the High Priestess.
Meanwhile, Siegfried and Shtarker, dressed in ape suits, have infiltrated a secret meeting of the ape cult to steal a formula for a deadly gas that the High Priestess and her followers plan to release in Washington D.C. on Independence Day. In the meeting, Agent 99 discovers that only certain members of the organization, marked by a specific tattoo, have been trained in espionage.
The Apes of Wrath episode of Get Smart is full of comedic situations and witty dialogues. The episode's storyline is unique and funny, with the integration of trained monkeys in a spy-themed plot. The performances of the show's stars, Barbara Feldon and Don Adams, are stellar, and they bring their signature chemistry to the show.
Agent 99's character is especially impressive in this episode, as she fearlessly infiltrates the dangerous cult and manages to save Smart and herself from being caught. The episode also features some great physical comedy from Adams, particularly when he tries to communicate with the other chimpanzees using his own brand of monkey-talk. The episode has many hilarious moments, including the scene where Smart and 99 try to hide their human identities by doing some of the apes' routines.
Overall, The Apes of Wrath is a great episode of Get Smart. The show utilizes its spy-theme in a unique and interesting way with the integrations of trained chimpanzees. The episode is full of laughs, and humor, making it a must-watch for old and young audiences alike. The Apes of Wrath is a great addition to the season 5 series, and it shows why Get Smart was such a monumental show of its time and still holds up today.