Wild Wild West

Night of the Diva, #6820

West meets up with Gordon, who has just arrived in New Orleans with a famous Italian diva and niece of the ambassador on his arm, an escort urged by President Grant. West agrees to substitute as the lady's guardian for her appearance that evening at the opera, but the performance is interrupted when Montebello's would-be kidnappers bring down the curtain and West jumps into the fray.
Discovering that several divas had recently disappeared in New Orleans, the agents must rush to unravel a plot involving the secret Order of Lucia and reveal who among their new acquaintances is playing a role on and off the stage.

This episode, which some say is the best Phantom of the Opera rendition since the original, marks Ross Martin's return to the series after a massive heart attack that many believed, should he recover at all, would surely spell the end of his acting career. He sported a streamlined look with his comeback, including a new hairstyle and a 10-pound lighter figure.

Rosa Montebello: Patrice Munsel
Max Crenshaw: Patrick Hogan
Ellen Collingwood: Patricia Dunne
Igor: Martin Kosleck
Directed by Herb Wallerstein
Story by Alf Harris, Teleplay by Ken Pettus
* 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.
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