Sinister organization and nemesis featured on
the spy spoof THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E./NBC/1964-68 and spin-off series THE
GIRL FROM U.N.C.L.E./NBC/1966-67.
T.H.R.U.S.H was the yang of espionage agencies,
while their nemesis U.N.C.L.E. (the good guys)
was the ying.
U.N.C.L.E agent Napoleon Solo once
said of his competitors, "T.H.R.U.S.H. believes
in the two-party system: the masters and the
slaves." and "T.H.R.U.S.H. might be a man or a
woman or a committee that heads a secret
international organization, very powerful, very
wealthy. It has no allegiance any county nor to
any ideal. It would embark upon any undertaking
it may decide is in its own interest. If
T.H.R.U.S.H. succeeds, many, many people pay a
T.H.R.U.S.H. agents used an M1 Carbine like
rifle equipped with an infrared
sniperscope for use at night. It shot lethal
bullets, just the opposite of U.N.C.L.E. who
preferred to use a fast-acting tranquilizing
darts to disable an opponent. But when lethality
was required, U.N.C.L.E., too, could provide a
deadly volley of bullets.
[Napoleon Solo kills
a T.H.R.U.S.H. agent who infiltrated
U.N.C.L.E. He inspects the corpse.]
No labels. Nothing in his
pockets except these extra clips. Prints
removed from the ends of his fingertips by
[Illya looks through
a briefcase owned by the dead agent]
An assault force from
T.H.R.U.S.H.. That is is "their" way.
[Illya hands a piece of
plastic packaging to Solo. He smells it,
then tastes it with his tongue]
||What do think
||To kill him.
Mr Solo. Their idea was to prevent me from
acting on some new information we just
received. Here, you can have the
information. Then T.H.R.U.S.H. can try and
kill you for a while.
[Solo looks at the
||And just, ah who is this
president of the United global chemical
corporation of Maryland. He is also the
the eastern seaboard head of Operations
||Can we take
unfortunately, however we intercepted his
last communication from T.H.R.U.S.H. and
decoded it to read. "When the Premier of
Western Utumba visits our plant, we must
point the message was garbled and lost.
Now the Premier of this newly independent
nation is visiting Washington DC right
now. You, Mr. Solo, must go there
immediately and prevent the assassination
of this man. Channel D will brief you.
-- excerpt form
"The Vulcan Affair"
Eventually, THRUSH was defeated and their
leaders imprisoned. Yeard later, one of their
leaders escapes. This incident becomes the story
line of the TV movie The Return of the Man
from U.N.C.L.E.: The Fifteen Years Later Affair.
Pre-production suggestions for the name of the
group later to be known as T.H.R.U.S.H. (coined
by Sam Rolfe) included :
- SQUID (Society for Quiet Unification
through International Destruction)
- WASP (Used in the series Pilot movie)
Paperback novelist David McDaniel coined the now
accepted acronym meaning for THRUSH "The
Technological Hierarchy for the Removal of
Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity" in
the No. 4 U.N.C.L.E. paperback novel The Dagger
Affair (Ace Books).
The name T.H.R.U.S.H. was almost dropped when
the "suits" at NBC got concerned over legal
problems arising from the similarity of
T.H.R.U.S.H. to the name S.M.E.R.S.H., the
Soviet espionage organization featured in the
James Bond novels.
Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles was used as
T.H.R.U.S.H. headquarters on episode No.8 "The
TRIVIA NOTE: In
1968 ROWAN & MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN (which replaced
THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. program) featured a wild
party skit on the very first episode with a
cameo of Leo G. Carroll as U.N.C.L.E. head, Mr.
Waverly. Disguised as a cart-pushing busboy Mr.
Waverly whipped out his U.N.C.L.E. pen
communicator and said "Mr. Solo, Mr. Kuryakin,
come quick. I think I've found T.H.R.U.S.H.
headquarters at last!"
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