The Avengers

Season 5 Episode 14

Something Nasty in the Nursery

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Aired Unknown Apr 22, 1967 on ITV
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Secrets known only to a small group of trusted men have leaked, and the men are having strange dreams of their childhood, featuring their nannies and a bouncing ball. Emma checks out the toyshop, Steed explores a school for nannies.

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  • What does harmless old Nanny Roberts have to do with the leaking of state secrets? Follow the bouncing ball...

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    Only "The Avengers" would have so preposterous - or so English - an idea. Various top people have been drugged and coerced into giving away big secrets by the manipulation of their childhood dependency upon that most implacably dominant of all figures, the nanny. Freud might have been pleased by so clear an exposition of the psyche of the English upper classes. But just who is the murderous Mary Poppins who behaves in so utterly subversive a manner? You will guess, of course, but that's part of the anarchic fun. The episode also makes use of the then-current phenomenon of psychedelia - some very proper establishment types find themselves tripping out in the nursery. Is nothing sacred? Well... not much.moreless

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    • Tag: Steed and Emma are gazing into a crystal ball, he agog at what his partner sees. After some verbal banter, Emma tires of the game and drapes a black velvet cloth over the orb - leaving Steed in the dark as to what his future holds.

    • The opening teaser for this episode: Mrs. Peel is asleep in a chair when a revolving carousel, which is on her dresser, wakes her up. As it turns round, she notices the message, 'Mrs. Peel - we're needed.'

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