"We were just driving along, I was doing maybe 50 miles an hour, and I turned around and looked at 99, and she was doing about 80."- Maxwell Smart.

Age Before Duty
Original Air Date December 5th, 1969
Writers Bob DeVinney
Director Harry Falk
Season Five
Episode Number 123
Villain Felix,
Previous Episode The Apes of Rath
Next Episode Is This Trip Necessary?

Get Smart Episode #123, Season Five #11.


When a 28-year-old CONTROL agent mysteriously dies of old age the Chief fears a KAOS plot.






Weapons and GadgetsEdit



  • When the bartender of The Pirate's Cove states it has two killings on Saturdays, Smart asks The Chief what day it is and whistles when he says "Friday." Get Smart was seen on Saturday nights throughout its entire 4-year run on NBC, and was seen Friday nights at 7:30/6:30 Central time during its final season on CBS.

Reality CheckEdit

  • The title refers to the expression "age before beauty".
  • The episode's Dorian Gray paint refers to the 1891 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde in which the eponymous lead character remains youthful while the ravages of his life appear on a portrait he keeps hidden.

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