The Avengers

Season 5 Episode 13

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station

Aired Unknown Apr 15, 1967 on ITV
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When Lucas, an agent investigating something subversive, gets off his train at the wrong station he is murdered. Has the crime got anything to do with a mole at the admiralty, a train ticket and a fiendish plot to kill the Prime Minister?

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  • Can Steed and Emma foil an attempt to blow up a train?

    "You really must have a word with that cleaning lady of yours," murmurs an imperturbable Emma as she deftly steps over the corpse on Steed's carpet. It's a moment worthy of "The Avengers" at its best, and the way the episode plays around with nostalgic notions about old railway stations (it was aired only a few years after Dr. Beeching's controversial closures) fits right in with that supreme "Englishness", which made the show so appealing to viewers abroad. But the resolution of the plot is rather lame, the final fight goes on too long, and the lax security aboard the Prime Minister's private train is unbelievable even in this fantasy world.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The tag line used at the end of opening credits: 'Steed goes off the rails, Emma finds her station in life.'

    • Tag: Steed and Emma, awaiting the arrival of the Prime Minister, discuss the honours they expect him to bestow: 'Dame Emma', 'Sir John', etc., then get cold feet and depart before the Prime Minister arrives.

    • The opening teaser for this episode: Mrs. Peel enters her sitting room to find an electric train circling the floor. On one of the train carriages there is a card that reads, 'Mrs. Peel - we're needed.'

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Admiral: After all, your women readers want the same thing as the Admiralty, hmm?
      Mrs Peel: They do?
      Admiral: More able-bodied men!

    • (Mrs Peel has Warren in a chokehold)
      Warren: Mrs Peel!
      Mrs Peel: I don't know you.
      Warren: George Warren, I'm a friend of Steed's.
      Mrs Peel: Where does he buy his trilbys?
      Warren: He wears bowlers and he gets them from St James!

    • Ticker collector: I had you brought here to witness the final phase.
      Steed: That's very decent of you.
      Ticket collector: It's for me really, verging on megalomania you might say. But a coup is not a coup without someone to see.

    • Emma: Steed...whoops! (trips over a dead body) You really must have a word with that cleaning lady of yours.
      Steed: He tried to kill me.
      Emma: Antisocial.

    • Crewe: Two sets of diddly-dums? It's impossible. Ach, it isn't a train at all!

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