The Avengers

Season 5 Episode 19

The 50,000 Pound Breakfast

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Aired Unknown Oct 14, 1967 on ITV
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The 50,000 Pound Breakfast
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The accidental death of a ventriloquist reveals that he had been carrying a fortune in gems inside his stomach. Steed stoops to blackmail and Emma goes shopping for ties in the search through the business community for a rich Borzoi.

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  • Not too silly, decent plot and very British.

    8.3
    A good episode with not too much of the surrealism that could make some episodes unbearable. (Let's not even mention the film version.) It has a decent plot that keeps you guessing and, despite some coincidences, could actually take place. You can never forget that it is a British show, with some wonderful pieces of dialogue and very British characters. Glover's discussion about bowler hats and his final confession, in which he expresses a desire to be rude to handsome women, stand out in this respect. Emma Peel fans get a number of fight scenes, including a particularly nasty one with another woman. And it's always a pleasure to see some familiar faces in these shows: Cecil Parker (several classic movies) and David Langton (Upstairs, Downstairs).moreless

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Tag: Back in Steed's flat, Emma sets her partner a quandary. What to do with the two Borzois she's found - and the dalmation-spotted tie she's given him as a gift!

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Mrs. Peel chooses a tie.)
      Mrs. Peel: What's this one?
      Judy: The old Anonians.
      Mrs. Peel: Old Anonians? What are they?
      Judy: The old boys tie for those who've never been to school. The old Etonians and Harrovians, they all have their ties. This is the neckwear for the selfmade man. Anon, the school of hard knocks.

    • Steed: High in carat, low in protein.
      Mrs. Peel: He likes rich food.

    • Glover: It's the power that excites me Mr. Steed. I want to be ill mannered and rude and uncouth. I want to order people about, especially women. I look forward to being excessively rude to a considerable number of handsome women.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Mrs. Peel: Curiouser and curiouser!

      Mrs. Peel quotes the famous line from "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll.

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