The Prisoner (UK)

Free for All

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 10/22/67
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  • Episode Description
  • It's election time in the Village and a new Number Two needs to be elected. Number Six is persuaded to stand. While attending a meeting of the outgoing council meeting, Number Six angers Number Two who decides that Number Six must undergo "The Test". Number Six sets out on his election campaign with many promises to his voters, but his aim is to discover who Number One is.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Patrick McGoohan

    Number Six

  • Angelo Muscat

    The Butler

  • George Markstein

  • David Tomblin

  • Eric Portman

    Number Two

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • I found this episode of The Prisoner to be highly entertaining and full of action!

    By webstercitian, Jul 12, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • Number Two: (on the phone to Number Two) Any complaints? Number Six: Yes. I'd like to mind my own business. Number Two: So do we. Do you fancy a chat? Number Six: The mountain can come to Mohammed!

    • Number Six: Elections? In this place? Number Two: Of course--we make our choice every 12 months. Every citizen has a choice. Are you going to run? Number Six: Like blazes, the first chance I get.

    • Number Two: Mohammed? Number Six: Everest I presume. Number Two: I've never have had a head for heights. Number Six: Where's Number One? Number Two: At the summit. Number Six: Play it according to Hoyle? Number Two: All cards on the table. You may rely on that. Number Six: Whose move? Number Two: Yours only. Confide, and we concede.

    • Number Six: Everybody votes for a dictator.

    • Number Six: You have a very delicate sense of humour. Number Two: Naturally. Humour is the very essence of a democratic society.

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    Notes (4)

    • This is the first episode to feature Robert Rietty's voice in the introductory Number Two dialogue instead of the actor playing him. This version of the introduction is also heard in "The Schizoid Man", "Many Happy Returns", "Hammer into Anvil", "It's Your Funeral", "A Change of Mind" and "The Girl Who Was Death".

    • This is the only appearance of The Village pub, the appropriately named The Cat and Mouse.

    • At 64, Eric Portman was the oldest Number Two.

    • Patrick McGoohan (Number Six) wrote this episode under the pseudonym "Paddy Fitz." This name was taken from his mother's maiden name, Fitzgerald.

    Trivia (4)

    • This is the first of four episodes to feature a female Number Two (Rachel Herbert). The other three are "Many Happy Returns", "Dance of the Dead" and "It's Your Funeral".

    • Approximately 28 minutes in to "Free For All" Number Six is fighting with a man in a boat. The man is about to hit Number Six with a metal rod he has in his hands. There is a camera cut and the rod disappears from the man's hands. Number Six then pulls the man into the water.

    • Approximately 30 minutes in to "Free For All" Number Six is in a taxi. He passes a man holding a blue bottle of water as if it were a TV camera. You can see the water moving around in the bottle. There is a camera cut, then a different man is seen holding a blue stirofoam block made to look like a TV camera.

    • Near the end of the episode, the Prisoner exits Number 2's Office into a cavern with a straw floor. Here he sees a number of people sitting around a pulsating sphere (or possibly a glowing Rover). The funny thing is that there is only one door to Number Two's office and this is the same door through which he entered. The only logical explanation for this scene would be if the office itself had rotated and lined the door up with another room!

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