I Spy (1965–1968)
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Russ Conley, a former instructor of Kelly's, shows up in Hong Kong. He delivers a message from "the department" to Kelly and Scott.


Leo Penn


Morton S. Fine (as Morton Fine), David Friedkin




Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Culp ... Kelly Robinson
Bill Cosby ... Alexander Scott
David Friedkin David Friedkin ... Russ Conley
Irene Tsu ... Girl
Lee Kolima Lee Kolima ... Kwan Tak
Robin Lee Robin Lee ... Child
Tommy Lee ... Bellhop


Russ Conley, a former instructor of Kelly's, delivers a message to Kelly and Scott in Hong Kong. He tells the pair he botched an assignment, was caught and cracked. The department believes Conley's a traitor, and want the pair to kill Conley.. Written by Bill Koenig

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In addition to introducing Kelly Robinson's influential instructor Russ Conley, viewers learn that Alexander Scott was a Rhodes Scholar who was recruited into espionage service by his Sanskrit professor. Scotty reports he's been a spy for four years. See more »


When Kelly goes back to the export company and lights the fireworks the second time, the clerk (Irene Tsu) is wearing a red dress. But after he lights the fireworks, the camera cuts to her screaming, and she is wearing a blue dress, which is what she was wearing the day before when he lit the fireworks. See more »


Kelly Robinson: [Prisoners in the locked room] Well, you blew it!
Alexander Scott: I blew it?
Kelly Robinson: How many hours does a man have to hold off Genghis Khan and his cavalry?
Alexander Scott: Listen, a four-year-old child could have held off those dancing elves.
Kelly Robinson: Well, fortunately, this is not the worst fine mess you've gotten us into.
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Auld Lang Syne
Performed by Earle Hagen
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Second episode-A Cup of Kindness-was a pretty good one of "I Spy"
21 February 2008 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Continuing my reviews of African-Americans in film and television for Black History Month in chronological order, we're now at 1965 with the second episode of "I Spy", A Cup of Kindness. In this one, Kelly Robinson's (Robert Culp) former mentor (David Friedkin) comes to his old pupil in Hong Kong for help in getting a component for him to avoid getting killed. Alexander Scott (Bill Cosby) lends a hand in helping Kelly distract some hotel proprietors from the safe that Scott and the former mentor are trying to steal from...It takes a while but there are some good action scenes and some humorous ones concerning Culp and a lady (Irene Tsu) that I found pretty amusing. Cosby doesn't really do much here except some small talk and setting up some explosives but does show some charisma for a person whose main profession at the time was stand-up. And there is one cute scene where he talks to a little Hong Kong girl (Robin Lee) in her language. "I Spy" marked the first time that a man of color shared a starring role in series television with his white counterpart. This particular episode I watched on the Net Nights section of the From the Archives blog. I've seen at least 4 more episodes on DVD that I checked from the library years ago. One with Don Rickles and one with Wally Cox from there were pretty funny. I'd have to see a few more episodes to really judge how good "I Spy" was but I liked what I saw so far. By the way, vintage commercials of the time were inserted between the scenes when I watched this.

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22 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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Victoria Peak, Hong Kong See more »

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3F Productions See more »
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