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The nifty telescoping, solvent-dispensing syringe used by Nils Dorow to loosen the jewels from the statue is really a car radio antenna with a rubber ear syringe bulb attached to the end. Props department saved some money on that one. Submitted by Mason Jar, 9/16/2011.
Many aspects of the jewel theft seem inspired by the 1964 classic heist movie Topkapi. Submitted by Masonite, 1/18/2012.
Such an elaborate jewel heist - and the thief didn't wear gloves.DOD 04/10/18
Bad Accent Dept. Plenty of bad accents to go around in this episode! Wesley Addy, who plays Joachim DeVry, drifts in and out of a slight but indefinable accent. Though DeVry is the anglicized version of a French surname, judging from this episode, our Mr. DeVry spent some time in Transylvania. Submitted by francis, 4/30/14.
+ Wesley played a US Navy codebreaker in "Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970). Mike Bedard 3.5.15.
"INTERPOL...facilitates cooperation between the criminal police forces of more than 180 countries...Headquartered in...France, it is the only police org. that spans the entire globe... INTER[national]POL[ice] traces its history to 1914, when a congress of...police...from 14 countries, was held in Monaco," britannica.com notes; Article 1 of the Constitution mentions "THE LAW OF NATIONS": 1 of 3 Roman law branches (+ Civil & Natural). Mike Bedard 3.10.15.
+Paul Drake goes to a carnival and pays 50 cents to enter an establishment with the name "Girly Show". Not much subtlety there. Submitted by PaulDrake 33. 11 March 2015.
+ Paul got his 50 cents worth pausing to view while talking to Vyacheslav as 2 "girlys" walk between them as Paul ogles at them ;-) Submitted by HamBurger, 07/03/2017
While a number of prior episodes - e.g. TCOT Lazy Lover, Sad Sicilian, etc. - have substantial humorous elements, this episode, with its over-the-top characters and international jewel smuggling elements is perhaps the show's only attempt at camp (Batman, it should be noted, had debuted two months before this episode aired, though likely after it had been filmed). As might be expected, for a show that was at its heart a combination of murder mystery and morality play, the experiment didn't merit repeating. Submitted by Notcom, 062816.