The Man From U.N.C.L.E.

The Super-Colossal Affair - S3-E4

Plot hole: Bound and chained, Illya is dropped into a huge vat of wet plaster. Yet he's able to miraculously produce a 5-foot-long straw from somewhere (where was he hiding that?) to breathe through while the plaster dries around him. (00:36:45)

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The Off Broadway Affair - S3-E10

Plot hole: U.N.C.L.E.'s pen communicators worked much like modern cell phones: when one agent called another, they "rang" with a 2-tone signal. For some reason in this episode, Solo's pen, which isn't on an open circuit, transmits Illya's voice without ringing first. It signals normally a few scenes later, though. (00:27:55 - 00:34:15)

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The Galatea Affair - S3-E3

Plot hole: Thrush is so efficient. They divine exactly what Rosy will be wearing on the day they plan to switch her with her double, and they duplicate every last stitch - long before they've ever seen her. (00:18:20 - 00:19:25)

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The Jingle Bells Affair - S3-E15

Plot hole: Koz tells the sick boy's mother that his own son had the same illness. How does he know? There are no visible symptoms, and no one has told him what disease the boy has. (00:34:00)

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The Take Me to Your Leader Affair - S3-E16

Plot hole: Coco asks Illya if he knew she was going to be kidnapped, and he says "At that point, I didn't even know you existed." Strange answer. He and Solo met her outside the observatory several minutes before the kidnapping, so he did know she existed. (00:20:30)

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The Jingle Bells Affair - S3-E15

Plot hole: Everyone is suddenly afflicted with a bizarre form of amnesia in this episode. The entire time Solo & Illya are guarding the Russian chairman, they're dealing with language and cultural barriers that shouldn't be there - because no one, including Illya himself, seems to remember the fact that Illya is also Russian. (00:48:50)

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The Abominable Snowman Affair - S3-E13

Plot hole: Solo gets a letter from Waverly admitting him to forbidden Chupat. If it's that easy, why doesn't Illya get the same privilege? So that we can see him reduced to the humiliating and pointless ruse of sneaking in wearing an inflated yeti costume. Definitely U.N.C.L.E.'s "jump the shark" episode. (00:01:00)

Jean G

The King of Knaves Affair - S1-E13

Revealing mistake: Illya's stunt double during the balcony fight is painfully obvious: his face and bad wig are visible throughout the scene. (00:18:15)

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Napoleon Solo: My name is Napoleon Solo. I'm an enforcement agent in Section Two here. That's operations and enforcement.
Illya Kuryakin: I am Illya Kuryakin. I am also an enforcement agent. Like my friend Napoleon, I go and I do whatever I am told to by our chief.
Alexander Waverly: Hmm? Oh, yes. Alexander Waverly. Number One in Section One. In charge of this, our New York headquarters. It's from here that I send these young men on their various missions.

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Trivia: "The Man From U.N.C.L.E.'s" original working title was "Solo," and its lead character was named for a spy with a minor role in one of Ian Fleming's early Bond novels. U.N.C.L.E. producer Norman Felton had a handshake agreement with Fleming to use the name and to develop "Solo" as a TV spy series. But the Bond film franchise had other ideas, reneged on the agreement on Fleming's behalf, and sued, forcing the title change. Felton prevailed only in retaining the character's name: Napoleon Solo.

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The Neptune Affair - S1-E11

Question: Why would Solo compare the descending elevator to an Eaton's department store, when these only existed in Canada?

Answer: He must have ridden in an Eaton's store elevator while he was in Canada at some point. For some reason, this elevator reminds him of it. The show's original concept had Solo being a Canadian, so this may be a minor nod to that fact.

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