Get Smart: "The Impossible Mission"
this video, which is a variety of clips from the first season. The black-and-white scenes are from the first episode, which was the only time the show wasn't in vibrant color.
Like so many shows, GS employed a "will they or won't they" tactic when it came to Max and 99. What's intriguing, though, is that 99 is the more aggressive of the two, or rather the more suggestive. Max can be utterly clueless, so 99's flirtations and jealousies often go over his head.
That isn't to say that he doesn't feel the same way. In season 2's "Kisses for KAOS" and season 3's "99 Loses CONTROL," the plots directly revolve around their relationship, forcing Max to demonstrate that he cares for 99 more than we think. However, it always stays platonic... until season 4's "The Impossible Mission."
The title "The Impossible Mission" is actually a riff on Mission: Impossible, as is the episode's opening scene. At a bus depot, Max goes to the empty locker area and opens three compartments -- one for a playback machine and two for the speakers. M:I always had its agents getting messages from recording devices, with the tape self-destructing as soon as the message was done. Max, however, can't get the tape to explode like it's supposed to, even when he jumps on it, so he's forced to walk out with the bulky machine under his jacket.
The gag here is that every time they start to land, Max realizes he has another question and the jet has to go back up. This scene doesn't quite jive with the rest of the episode -- it's filmed rather awkwardly. Rather than use a set of the inside of a plane, they just show generic shots of a plane taking off, flying, and landing with the actors' voices laid over it. The laugh track disappears, too. Something was going on with the production, I just can't seem to figure out what. I wonder if they didn't finish building the set of a plane's interior in time, because the next two episodes use such a set quite frequently. Curiouser and curiouser.
Sammy Fain-Irving Kahal tune. Talbot surmises who Max really is, forcing Agents 86 and 99 to go on the run as the two men try to catch them. Hoping to throw them off the track, Max changes into the Chaplin costume, but it only works for a few seconds. The foursome runs all over the soundstage, with Max and 99 moving like the Little Tramp would with nose twitches, splayed feet, and raising their hats.
"99, there's something I have to tell you."
"We've known each other for a long time and, well, we've been through a lot of things together."
"Go on, Max."
"It's just that I, well, I have to tell you how I really feel about you. I've wanted to tell you for a long, long time, but, well, I just haven't been able to find the right words. You see, 99, it's not easy...well, it's not easy to say..."
"'I love you,' Max?"
"Well, why don't you let me say it for you? I love you, Max."
"No, no, 99! That's not what I wanted to say! I wanted to say 'I love you, 99!'"
"No, I'm saying I love you too, Max!"
"I always have!"
"There's just one thing I'd like to know, 99. Why didn't you think of a way out of here before I asked you to marry me?"
"I didn't have as much to live for then!"
When it comes to the coupling of 99 and Max, I'm completely on board. (I'm fully aware that I'm a sucker for the "will-they-or-won't-they" idea.) I just find the two agents to be adorable together. I haven't seen the final season yet, but so far as I can tell, after they're married, 99 never loses her independence -- in fact, I think she gets more screen time than ever, and it's not tied to their marriage, it's tied to her job as a spy. I'm interested in seeing how the last season shakes out. The writers gave Max and 99 twins, but from what I've heard, those kids disappear pretty quickly.
If you haven't seen Get Smart, I couldn't recommend it enough. Maxwell Smart may be one of the funniest TV characters I've ever seen, thanks to the phenomenal Don Adams, and the writing is consistently sharp. There are also a ton of old movie references, from episode titles ("To Sire, With Love," "The Not-So-Great Escape," "Witness for the Persecution") to Adams doing great impressions of Ronald Colman and Humphrey Bogart during assignments. The cameos on the show are magnificent too, with Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Carol Burnett, and Don Rickles as just a few of the people to stop by. If you some more convincing, here's another clip video. You can see some of the scenes from "The Impossible Mission" that I wrote about, and around the 6 minute mark, you can catch Adams' Ronald Colman impression.
P.S. If you've seen the 2008 film starring Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway, you should know that it doesn't hold a candle to its source material. If you haven't seen the film, it's fine but seriously, watch the show.