A flying saucer from the planet ZR-3, piloted by the androids Fum and Fi, lands in an American city in the 1970s (despite the fact that the spaceship itself hails from the year 2369). Inquisitive Jerry and his teenage babysitter, Alice, wander aboard the saucer and find themselves whisked away as Fum and Fi make a hasty escape from Earth authorities.
But their first stop away from Earth isn’t much more hospitable, as Alice and Jerry find themselves arrested on an alien planet where everyone except them covers their faces and is required by law to wear a number. To appear in public unmasked and unnumbered is a combination of two of this world’s worst crimes, and it’s up to Fum and Fi (and their half-horse, half-dog pet, the Dorse) to help the kids escape.
written by Si Rose
directed by Jack Regas
music by Michael Lloyd
Cast: Jim Nabors (Fum), Ruth Buzzi (Fi), Alice Playten (Alice), Jarrod Johnson (Jerry), Edson Stroll (456Y3Z1843), Duncan McLeod (136B76Q128), Jerry Holland (321Y3Z1848), Annmarie (361X2RYT13), Larry Larsen (The Dorse)
Notes: Production illustrator Mike Minor (1940-1987) had done design work on three episodes of the original Star Trek’s final season, and would later go on to work on the aborted attempt to launch a new Star Trek series as the cornerstone of a new Paramount network in 1978 (frequently referred to as Star Trek Phase II), and was responsible for many of the early illustrations of that planned series’ new bridge set and other locales, as well as contributing designs to Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan. He also worked on The Powers Of Matthew Star, The Winds Of War, The Man Who Saw Tomorrow, Spacehunter: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone, The Beastmaster, Meteor, Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins, and, in contrast to his work on this Saturday morning series, also worked on the decidedly less family-friendly 1974 adult film sci-fi spoof Flesh Gordon. Jim Nabors (1930-2017) was best known for starring as Gomer Pyle USMC, a military comedy built around a character Pyle originated on The Andy Griffith Show in the early 1960s. (His trademark Gomer Pyle catchphrase, “Well, gaw-lee!”, is heard here as well.) On the subject of how many actors with SAG cards could possibly be named Duncan McLeod, there can presumably be only one.
LogBook entry by Earl Green