Agent James West arrives in a small town with a government gold shipment that is to be deposited for safekeeping. Since the office is closed, West goes to the nearby saloon to meet Ben Victor, whom he had already contacted about his arrival. As they prepare to leave to deposit the $1,000,000 in gold dust, they are interrupted by "Hell Fire" Simon, an evangelist, who begins berating the customers on the sins of drinking. A fight breaks out when the bartender attempts to oust the preacher. The brawl is soon interrupted by a weird noise outside the saloon. As the townspeople race outside, they see a strange flaming object fall from the sky. When they approach what appears to be a ship of some kind, a metallic voice warns them away. "Hell Fire" ignores the warning and is thrown back by some invisible force.* The above information was compiled from The Wild Wild West: The Series by Susan E. Kesler (Arnett Press), "Michael Garrison's Wild Wild West," an article by Robert Alan Crick in Epi-Log Journal #11 and other sources.
Moments later, a beautiful green-skin girl emerges from the craft and announces she is from Venus. She is soon joined by her two sisters and they make a request to the townspeople. To return home to their planet, they need "Mildum" - known as gold to Earth people.
If this sounds like the plot of a Lost In Space episode, rest assured; James West is as skeptical as you are that the green girls are from Venus ...
The Night of the Flying Pie Plate was the first episode filmed without series creator Michael Garrison's creative input, but producer Bruce Lansbury pulls it off seamlessly. Notice the change in the commercial break artwork from the earlier shows. The color sepia photos that were placed in each square of the break art have been replaced by a painted line drawing. This technique continued through the rest of the series.
Ben Victor: William Windom
Simon: Ford Rainey
Mom: Leslie Parrish
Alna: Arlene Charles
Pan: Cindy Taylor
Wingo: Woodrow Chambliss
Byron Pettigew: Pitt Herbert
Directed by Robert Sparr
Written by Daniel Ullman
Animated graphics (c) 2001 by The Animation Factory.