The Avengers

Season 4 Episode 5

Castle De'ath

Aired Unknown Oct 30, 1965 on ITV
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Castle De'ath
Why have all the fish vanished from the Scottish coastline? Does it have anything to do with a dead frogman, found stretched as if on a rack? Steed and Emma think so, which is why they're guests of Ian, the 35th Laird of Clan De'ath, and in danger of being caught by the gillies.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Angus claims that Ewan De'ath, the 5th Laird, was executed alongside William Wallace in 1304. However, William Wallace was actually executed in 1305.

      • The closing sequence of this episode sees Steed and Mrs. Peel depart into the sunset in a car. When they reach the loch it turns into a boat and they float away.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • (Emma whimpers)
        Steed: Lean on me, Mistress Peel, as much as you like.

      • Steed clarifies his disguise.
        Mrs. Peel: How do you do Mr. McSteed?
        Steed: Everyone calls me Jock, how do you do? (Shaking Mrs Peel's hand.)
        Mrs. Peel: You don't have a Scot's accent.
        Steed: I was carried south by marauding Sassenachs when I was a bairn.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Through out this episode, Steed wears a kilt. In his autobiography, 'Blind In one Ear,' Patrick Macnee describes how he despised being forced to wear a Macnee tartan kilt every day instead of trousers when, as a child, he went to stay at his mother's house.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Mrs. Peel stays in the Flora Macdonald Room. whilst at Castle De'ath. Flora was an 18th Century heroine who saved Prince Charles Edward Stuart after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. She dressed him as her maid and they travelled from her home in the Hebrides to France.

      • When Angus makes his entrance by shooting the wall with a bow and arrow, Mrs. Peel retorts, 'What's your next trick, splitting an apple on this gentleman's head?' This is a reference to the talents of 14th Century Swiss archer Wilhelm Tell who shot an apple that was placed on his son's head.