The Robinson and Scott Biographies

Robert Culp and Bill Cosby as Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott in I SPYUsing information mentioned or otherwise inferred in the episodes and from the 1994 I Spy Returns TV movie, Barbara K. Emanuele has compiled comprehensive character bios for Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott. Given the fact that the show ran for three seasons and accounting for continuity issues and conflicting tidbits, Barbara has managed to pull together information that brings further depth to these characters.  TheConsummateCulp.com is pleased to showcase these character bios! 

Kelly Robinson Jr. 

Alexander Scott

“They were partners in the truest sense of the word.  Ideally matched in wit, charm, looks, and strength, at no point was one far superior to the other.  Mission after mission, locked room after opened room, they were equals who never let the obvious difference in race be anything more than a physical difference.  Their work and their cover allowed them to function above the racial turmoil of the late sixties.”

 

It’s All Fine, Just Fine…

The final first season episode of I Spy, “One Thousand Fine” aired this date (April 27) in 1966. Still in Acapulco, Kelly and Scotty are given an assignment to locate a missing US Air force plane that was carrying nearly $6 million in gold when it crashed 8 years earlier. The only surviving crew member, Jack Gannon, is an old acquaintance of Kelly’s and together the men, along with Jack’s fiancé go looking for the plane. To complicate things a bit Jack’s fiancé is someone from Kelly’s past…

 

The past between Kelly and Jean (Jack’s finance) creates some tension in this episode. This first clip shows the tension with Jack and the brewing jealously. The second half of the clip has a great bit of comic relief from Scotty.

 

Another great scene with some more tension between the three characters. Jean figures out what Kelly’s secret was that he couldn’t tell her years before and Jack’s jealously is still brewing. It’s also becoming apparent that relationship between Jean and Jack is changing as Jack knows they’re getting closer to finding the gold.

 

And finally a clip from the beginning of the episode (it wasn’t all tense!) with some great back n’ forth between Kelly and Scotty about, what else, a girl. “All other bikinis would be stuffed with plaster of paris” next to Kelly’s latest find.

 

 

 

 

The Light in Your Eyes…

…is to make you bow to someone else’s command. The I Spy episode “It’s All Done With Mirrors” originally aired this date, April 13, 1966. While on a break in Acapulco, Kelly is abducted and brainwashed into believing that Scotty must be killed because he has turned traitor. But does Kelly believe it enough?

Carroll O’Connor plays the enemy scientist, Dr. Karolyi, who conditions Kelly and is very far removed from Archie Bunker here.

In the clip below, “Miss Pemberly” reminds Kelly of why Scotty must be killed. Although Kelly thinks she’s a government agent like himself, she is actually part of the team that brainwashed him.


There are many great scenes in this episode (the entire episode is superb) but this one below is fantastic for the tension that builds with Kelly’s erratic behavior and treatment of Scotty.

But When She was Bad…

…she was a pain in the butt for Kelly and Scotty! The I Spy episode “There Was a Little Girl” aired this date, April 6, 1966. Kelly and Scotty are assigned to “babysit” the teenage daughter of a US cabinet member on her vacation to Mexico. Buying a souvenir at a shop gets her and the boys mixed up with drug smugglers.

In the clip below, the young Kathy Sherman is easily dazzled, but not dazzled enough with Kelly’s history lesson on the Church of San Sebastian and Santa Prisca in Taxco, Mexico.

Kathy’s mask was originally sold to her in error and the shop owner tries everything to get it back. In the clip below, another attempt is made…

Lastly, this clip is for no other reason than Culp wearing cowboy boots and Cosby’s line of “You’re the one that wanted to look like a cowboy.” He shoulda called him Hoby!