Arthur Hill (Edward Lennan, at right) does not understand that the secret formula he is selling is a deadly bacterial strain.
Spoiler: Inspector Erskine finds the packet in a post office. Shades of 9/11!!
36. The Plague Merchant
Case file: #87-32746-J
The Doomsday Plague Theft: Interstate Transport of Stolen Property, Staph Eleven.
Original air date: 30 October 1966
This episode was not rerun
The FBI must find the culprit who stole a vial of a deadly bacteria strain. This episode aired, appropriately, on the day before Halloween.
This plot line is as appropriate today as it was in 1966, given the threat of biological and germ warfare. This topic was approached in an episode of Route 66. Series star George Maharis would star in a movie version of this episode with Richard Basehart in 1965, The Satan Bug.
- The 1957 Ranchero (yellow/white) seen in the background when the "Plague Merchant" meets his buyer in the park. The buyer is driving a 1966 Ford Falcon blue two-door. This car is in later episodes as a background car.
- Arthur Hill makes another appearance here. He would star in Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, on ABC, from 1971 to 1974.
|Arthur Hill||Edward Lennan|
|Eduard Franz||Dr. Keeler|
|Peggy McCay||Marie Lennan|
|Vince Howard||Wayne Newman|
|Jay Lanin||S.A.C. Thornburg|
|Lex Johnson||Special Agent Reydell|
|Don Ross||Floyd Crane|
|Oscar Beregi Jr.||Colonel|
|Harry Basch||Hotel Manager|
|George Sims||1st Handler|
|Walter Mathews||2nd Handler|
|Ron Doyle||Special Agent|
|James Nolan||Security Guard|
|Jan Peters||Delivery Clerk|
|Directed by: Louis Allen
Written by: Barre Lyndon