The Avengers

Season 4 Episode 17

The Girl From Auntie

Aired Unknown Jan 22, 1966 on ITV
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The Girl From Auntie
Steed returns from holiday to find that a quite different Mrs. Peel is inhabiting his old friend's flat. With the aid of actress Georgie Price-Jones, he discovers that Art Incorporated and the Arkwright Knitting Circle are doing more together than just sharing needles.

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  • It's all a big joke.

    An episode that is very much aware of its own impact on popular culture (in the form of imitations such as The Men from Uncle). As such, the jokes and references come faster than usual in this parody of its own imitators. Where shall we begin? Lady Bracknell is warned not to forget her handbag (The Importance of Being Earnest). A firm of sollicitors is called Barrett, Barrett & Wimpole (The Barretts of Wimpole Street). Viewers in the sixties must have rolled on the floor laughing when the theatrical costumiersturn out to befour brothers called John, Paul, George ... and Fred.

    There seem to be quite a few episodes in which Emma Peel disappears for a while. (Perhaps Miss Rigg had other things to do on the stage or screen.) So once again we get a young woman, Georgie Price-Jones, who could be prepared to become a Peel replacement. Liz Fraser plays her as a ditzy character, somewhat foreshadowing Tara King. She even gets the honour of appearing in the final scene with her own unusual vehicle ( a bubble car).moreless
  • Title remind you of anything? Steed and Emma see off the American competition.

    "The Man From UNCLE" had only been showing on British TV for a few months when this brazenly-titled episode first aired, but it had quickly attracted a large British audience. However, even its keener British fans tended to think that it was a less stylish rip-off of "The Avengers". (Actually, the marked similarities between the two shows were very likely coincidental, "UNCLE" being more of a parody of the James Bond formula). Here, Steed and Mrs. Peel imperturbably thumb their noses at the rival show in a storyline so utterly ridiculous that even "UNCLE" would never have dared use it. Note especially the moment where Steed offhandedly smashes the Mona Lisa - the real one, we're told - over the villain's head. Outrageous!moreless

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    • Receptionist: Don't forget your handbag, Lady Bracknell!

    • Old lady: I'm collecting for the dogs home.
      Steed: A very worthy cause. Please come in. Our four-legged friends need all the help they can get. Now, what will it be? Bones or cash?

    • Steed gives Ivanov some advice on how to be the quintessential English gentleman.
      Steed: Not too aggressive with the umbrella. Sprightly, but not too eager. Eagerness is untrustworthy, almost the next worst thing to enthusiasm.

    • The Auctioneer highlights the advantages of placing a winning bid for Mrs. Peel.
      Auctioneer: She carries most of the disposition of Western defence bases in her head, is a cipher expert of no mean ability and would be a splendid addition for any intelligence system anywhere in the world.

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