The Avengers

Season 5 Episode 2

The Fear Merchants

Aired Unknown Jan 21, 1967 on ITV
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Episode Summary

Four men involved in the production of ceramics suffer nervous breakdowns in everyday situations. All have recently turned down the opportunity to merge with the British Porcelain Company. Steed and Emma investigate the world of fear, with terrifying consequences.

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  • Everyone has a secret fear - even Steed and Emma?

    One does see that a phobia is a nasty thing to be stuck with, but would so many tough business executives be reduced to gibbering catatonia, seemingly permanent, by the sight of a mouse or a spider or by being driven at too high a speed? Well, no-one ever tuned into "The Avengers" in the hope of finding a credible storyline, and the high efficiency of the direction and acting make up for a lot of plot deficiencies. Patrick Cargill is an odious villain and Annette Carell, an excellent actress who died too young and is now largely (and unjustly) forgotten, is positively scary as the pitiless, all-seeing psychology expert.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Tag Scene: Returning to her apartment, it takes Emma a few minutes only to discover Steed's secret fear - the idea that Emma has run out of champagne.

    • The opening teaser for this episode: Mrs. Peel discovers a box of chocolates. The card attached reads 'Mrs. Peel - we're needed.'

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Steed: David Wallace, found on a raft in the English Channel.
      Mrs Peel: In his bathing suit?
      Steed: Dinner jacket and cummerbund.

    • Pemberton: Our territory is the mind, our merchandise is fear. The inner fabric of us all, Mrs Peel, the dark balloon we try to hide. Prick it and……well, you'll see.

    • (Steed explains their latest undercover mission)
      Steed: We're in the travel business. I provide luxury igloos in Iceland.
      Mrs. Peel: Complete with a deep freeze.
      Steed: Bear skin rugs.
      Mrs. Peel: And hot and cold running Eskimos…and if you want my opinion…
      Steed: I'd love it, but we have to observe priorities.

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