By order of President Grant, Agents James West and Artemus Gordon must bring Russian prisoner Rimsky to Vladivostok, Siberia, in exchange for American Vice Consul, Millard Boyer. When he tries to escape, Rimsky falls to his death forcing Gordon to disguise himself as Rimsky to complete the exchange. The Russian contact arranging the exchange has West and Gordon imprisoned with the Vice Consul instead. There, they learn that Rimsky should have returned with 5 million dollars in extortion money from wealthy Russian immigrants. Now, the corrupt Russians are waiting for Rimsky and their cut of the ill-gotten treasure.
Did You Know?
West tells Sazanov "You can't send them to Alaska. You sold that to us 5 years ago.", that means the episode takes place in 1872. Alaska was purchased from Russia by the US in 1867 for 7.2 million dollars. It was originally offered to the United States in 1859, but the purchase was delayed by the US Civil War. See more
After Rimsky is kissed by Ana, Sazanov slaps Gordon/Rimsky across the face and asks where his $5M is at. Gordon fumbled with "Your $5M what?" Sazanov replies," I took great pains to free you from prison, cousin..." at which point he suddenly loses his Russian accent. He doesn't gain it back until halfway through the next sentence. See more
[West is led into a cell of Sazanov's prison
Hello. I'm Millard Boyer, American Vice-Consul.
James T. West
I'm James West. I was sent by President Grant to rescue you.
I see. And who is the President sending to rescue you?