A gunman dressed as a Klae Corporation security guard enters Walter’s office and pulls a gun on him, demanding to know the secret of the Klae Resource. The man, who identifies himself as Pike, is unusually well-informed, claiming to have gotten his information from Morgan Klae himself, but intends to control the world by using the Klae Resource for his own gain. Walter stalls for time, but Pike eventually forces his way into the Westins’ lab and holds them hostage until he learns the truth: one of the two men he’s holding at gunpoint is invisible. But which one? And how can Dan salvage the situation when he’s being watched by a nervous gunman?
Cast: David McCallum (Dr. Daniel Westin), Melinda Fee (Dr. Kate Westin), Craig Stevens (Walter Carlson), Monte Markham (Pike)
Note: Airing over a month after the previous episode, Power Play features an unusual amount of continuity for an episode of a 1970s series: Pike learned of the Klae Resource from Morgan Klae, who was committed after his part in the attempted kidnapping depicted in The Klae Dynasty. (Considering that this is the second episode in a row in which Klae Corporation’s on-site security force has been compromised, one wonders if the Corporation does any kind of background checks.) With only one guest actor, and using only two standing sets, Power Play was an attempt to bring an episode of The Invisible Man in at a very low cost. Though this episode is not a clip show, brief excerpts from the pilot movie, Barnard Wants Out, and Stop When Red Lights Flash are seen on the “computer screens”.
LogBook entry by Earl Green