Kelly and Scotty go to Rome to meet the latter's foster daughter, and try to recover a valuable ring stolen by her ne'er-do-well fiance.
Rafaella Carra (Sophia), Enzo Ceruscio (Gino), Caterina Boratto (Contessa), Umberto Dorsi (Bartender), Aldo Bufi Landi (Policeman), Carlo Risso (Magistrate), Pietro Tordi (Lawyer), Gordon Mitchell (Angelo), "Sophia" sung by Tommy Leonetti
Morton Fine & David Friedkin
28 September 1966
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The episode opens with Kelly and Scotty having car trouble (as usual) on the Appian Way, which brings them into contact with the Contessa, who, as fate would have it, employs Scotty's foster daughter, the beautiful Sophia, as a seamstress. To Scott's chagrin, he discovers that Sophia is engaged to be married to Gino, a charming young scoundrel who has stolen one of the Contessa' s rings and sold it to Angelo, an ex-G.I. and small-time hood. Kelly and Scotty must recover the ring, ending up in jail at the mercy of the cavalier Italian judicial system. And Scotty must come to terms with the fact that Sophia is no longer a little girl, but a young woman in love with life -- and with Gino.
Sophia is a charming change of pace. There are no dangerous assignments, no villainous Chinese or Soviet agents to contend with. Instead we have a light-hearted romantic caper very much in the style of film classics like To Catch A Thief or Roman Holiday. You expect Sophia Loren to pop up any minute. It's also an interesting character study of the two leads, and some of the most amusing moments are when Scotty puts on his paternal hat and tries to protect Sophia from the charms of his own partner. Enzo Ceruscio is perfect as the lovable scoundrel Gino, while Gordon Mitchell is a truly menacing Angelo, with whom Kelly engages in one of television's shortest knife fights.