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Indiana Jones: Espiodage Escapades Indiana Jones
"Espionage Escapades"
(0:00-45:53 on the Espionage Escapades DVD)
Written by Gavin Scott
Based on a story by George Lucas
Directed by Terry Jones
Original air date: October 12, 1992

Indy is sent on a mission in cahoots with some bungling Allied spies seeking to turn neutral Spain against Germany.


Read the "July 1917" entry of the It’s Not the Years, It’s the Mileage Indiana Jones chronology for a summary of this episode


Notes from the Indiana Jones chronology


This episode takes place in Barcelona, Spain in May 1917.


Didja Know?


The title I've used for this episode, "Espionage Escapades", is derived from that the The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones: Espionage Escapades compilation TV movie that combines the original episodes "Barcelona, May 1917" and "Prague, August 1917".


Notes from the Old Indy bookends of The Young Indiana Chronicles


The Old Indy bookends take place in Philadelphia, October 1992.


Notes from The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones


The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones is a 2008 publication that purports to be Indy's journal as seen throughout The Young Indiana Chronicles and the big screen Indiana Jones movies. The publication is also annotated with notes from a functionary of the Federal Security Service (FSB) of the Russian Federation, the successor agency of the Soviet Union's KGB. The FSB relieved Indy of his journal in 1957 during the events of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The notations imply the journal was released to other governments by the FSB in the early 21st Century. However, some bookend segments of The Young Indiana Chronicles depict Old Indy still in possession of the journal in 1992. The discrepancy has never been resolved. 


The boxed set of DVDs of the complete The Young Indiana Chronicles TV series has notations and drawings in the storage slot for each disk that suggest they are meant to be excerpts from Indy's journal. Most of these notes and drawings do not appear in the The Lost Journal of Indiana Jones book. Here is the slot image for this episode:


The events of this episode are not covered in the journal as published. The pages jump from August 1916 ("Trenches of Hell") to November 1918 and the end of the war (The Treasure of the Peacock’s Eye).


Actor Wolf Kahler, playing one of the German 2nds in Colonel Schmidt's duel with the Count of Toledo in this episode, also portrays the Nazi Colonel Herman Dietrich in Raiders of the Lost Ark.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Indiana Jones





Colonel Ludwig Schmidt

Sergei Diaghilev

Pablo Picasso

Edgar Degas (mentioned only)

Norman Rockwell (mentioned only)

female dancer

costume designer


Nadia Kamenevsky

Olga Khokhlova


Contessa of Toledo (Consuela)

Count of Toledo

Marquis of Segovia (mentioned only)
Duke of Almeda (mentioned only)



stage manager

German 2nds for Colonel Schmidt

the Count's 2nds


Dr. Borges 




Didja Notice?


The tall spire seen at the left of screen as the DVD episode opens is a monument to Christopher Columbus in Barcelona, Spain.


The building seen at 0:30 on the DVD is Casa Batlló.


At 0:41 on the DVD, the Passeig de Lluis Companys promenade and the Arc de Triomf are seen.


At 0:53 on the DVD, the Park Güell is seen.


At 0:59 on the DVD, the Sagrada Família (Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is seen still under construction in 1917...which it still is today!


The dance Indy and the spies watch Juanita perform at the club is a flamenco dance, a traditional style of southern Spain.


Marcello remarks that the wife of Spain's king was a favorite of Queen Victoria's. Marcello also remarks that the king's father is German. In 1917, the King of Spain was Alfonso XIII. His wife, the Queen of Spain, was Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, the youngest granddaughter of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria was the ruler of the United Kingdom from 1837-1901. Alfonso XIII's father, Alfonso XII, was not German, he was Spanish. Alfonso XIII's mother was Austrian, but that's not quite the same thing as German. The errors may be an intentional note in the script to show that Indy's three new spy cohorts were a bit daft.


   The ballet poster for El Ballet Ruso seen at 4:38 on the DVD translates from Spanish:

In Barcelona

S. Diaguilev


The Russian Ballet





Choreography by



Music by





Scenery by

L. Bakst


Pablo Picasso

   The individuals listed in the poster are all actual historical figures associated with the arts. Indy previously met Pablo Picasso in "Passion for Life".
   The poster image is a variation of an actual one used by the Russian Ballet for its 1911 production of The Spirit of the Rose.
Poster in this episode. Poster for The Spirit of the Rose.


The Russian Ballet (Ballets Russes) was founded in 1909 by Sergei Diaghilev (1872-1929) and it performed throughout Europe and the Americas until 1929, becoming the most recognized and influential ballet company of its time.


The sign behind Indy at 4:46 on the DVD appears to partially read "Escuela", Spanish for "school".


When Indy meets Picasso again and reminds him of their earlier association ten years previous, the great artist mistakes him for the other American kid present at the time, Norman Rockwell. Rockwell, who became one of little Indy's pals in the aforementioned "Passion for Life", grew up to become an iconic painter of scenes of Americana.


The falling out Picasso had with Degas that Indy mentions was seen in "Passion for Life". Edgar Degas (1834-1917) was a famed French impressionist artist.


Indy tells his spy cohorts that he turned down Diaghilev's job offer of playing a eunuch in his latest ballet production, saying, "Can you see me tripping about on a stage like the Sugar Plum Fairy?" The Sugar Plum Fairy is the ruler of the Land of Sweets and the main antagonist in the ballet The Nutcracker.


Telling Indy about various ballet shows, the spies mention Rite of Spring and Sheherazade. Rite of Spring is a 1913 ballet by Igor Stravinsky. Sheherazade is an 1888 symphonic suite by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov; music from Sheherazade is heard during this episode's ballet and its rehearsals.


After Indy takes the job in the ballet, Diaghilev insists on referring to him as "Igor" because "Indiana Jones" is not a Russian name and it is explained by the other dancers that Diaghilev has English Russians, Italian Russians, French Russians, etc. It is true that Diaghilev employed dancers of other nationalities for the Russian Ballet, though it still remained predominantly Russian.


Picasso introduces Indy to his fiancé, Olga. Olga Khokhlova (1891-1955) was a dancer in the Russian Ballet who met Picasso while they were both working on the May 1917 production of Parade, a ballet by Diaghilev, Erik Satie, and Jean Cocteau, in Paris.


The German submarine seen at 12:43 on the DVD is the U-87, an actual sub that sank a number of merchant vessels in 1916-17 until it was sunk with all crew in the Irish Sea on Christmas Day in 1917.


Indy and the other spies attempt to frame Colonel Schmidt for having a romantic interest in Consuela, the Contessa of Toledo. As far as I can find, she is a fictitious person. Toledo is a province in Spain.


The green uniform and black hat worn by Cunningham at 16:53 on the DVD is that of the Spanish Civil Guard at the time.


At 18:21 on the DVD, notice that in the reflection of Nadia's mirror, color sketches of Nadia and Indy in their ballet costumes can be seen on the fireplace mantel.


When Marcello talks to the Countess, asking about the residence of the Marquis of Segovia at 20:05 on the DVD, it is in front of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Hospital of the Holy Cross and Saint Paul), standing in for the residence of the Duke of Almeda. Almeda is an area of Barcelona.


The car the contessa is chauffeured in is a 1921 Hispano-Suiza T16.


The building seen at 20:54 on the DVD is the Casa Vicens.


At 27:32 on the DVD, the sign at the theater reading BUTACAS is Spanish for "SEATS".


The spies send Colonel Schmidt a forged note from the contessa stating that she we would like it if he could arrange for Wagner to be performed at the theater. Richard Wagner (1813-1883) was a German composer known for his operas.


Indy, Nadia, and the spies race to stop the duel between Schmidt and the count in a 1927 Studebaker Standard Six.


The wine the count pours at the end of the episode is Codorníu, founded near Barcelona in 1551.


Memorable Dialog


every spy's dream.mp3

a one-eyed elephant named Bruno.mp3

we can't all be talented.mp3

Russian Russians all the way from Russia.mp3

you were born to be a eunuch.mp3

this is supposed to be an orgy of harem women.mp3 


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