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“The Madonna Caper”

S5 E17

Production 47328
Original Airdate: 6 February 1978
A bionic repairman
Written by
Gregory S. Dinallo
Directed by
Herb Wallerstein
Guest Cast
Guest Star(s)
Bibi Besch as Lysandra Korischeva
Len Birman as Chilton Kane
Bruce Glover as Viktor Bellushyn
Robert F. Hoy as Talbot
Rudy Challenger as Richard Tynan
Frank Parker as Guard Russell
Diana Webster as Undersecretary
Michael McManus as Guard Sims
Dominic Barto as Boyle
Jim Nolan as Templeton
Broadcast Order
Season 5
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Steve foils a museum's security system so that Countess Lysandra Korischeva can retrieve a microdot--containing vital military information--concealed in a painting. But the Countess also switches a fake for the $5 million masterpiece, which she sells to crime lord Chilton Kane. When Oscar Goldman learns of the substitution, he orders Steve to get it back before the imminent visit of a Russian art expert.


Oscar: That device is sensitive to air movement. A moth would set it off.

Oscar: The secretary is steaming that we are using the exhibit for espionage purposes.

Guard: What's that?
Steve: Oh, that's a humidity tester. It co-evaluates the negative pressure on the barometric sensor disk with the air filtration control diodes among other things.
Guard: (Laughs) Sure, buddy.

Mrs. Cummings: I understand you were involved in a little operation at the National Gallery last night.
Oscar: And a very highly successful one I might add.
Cummings: I'm afraid not, Mr. Goldman. My input indicates it was miserably bungled.
Oscar: Bungled? The data in that microdot is priceless Mrs. Cummings
Cummings: Its worthless — if you started World War III getting it!

Steve: You stole a painting.
Lysandra: Correction: you stole a painting.
Steve: Correction: I borrowed a painting for a few moments. You stole it.

Lysandra: Would you zip me please? Thank you. Like it? (Indicating her dress)
Steve: Oh its beautiful, great camouflage for your character.


  • Steve uses the alias Mr. Starks, a Texas oil man and rancher.
  • Bibi Besch is yet another Star Trek connection. She would go on to play Dr. Carol Marcus in The Wrath of Khan.