The Avengers

Season 4 Episode 23

The House That Jack Built

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Aired Unknown Mar 05, 1966 on ITV
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The House That Jack Built
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Emma inherits some property from her deceased Uncle Jack. The property is a very bizaarre house, and when Emma goes to inspect it, she finds herself trapped in a labyrinth of psychological torture.

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  • Who is the man who built the trap that killed the men and imprisoned the girl who went to the house that Jack built?

    9.5
    One of the very best and cleverest "Avengers" episodes, as well-remembered as "The Cybernauts" and quite similar in having as its villain a mad scientist who believes in automation so strongly that he's happy to see the whole human race subjugated by his diabolical machineries. Quite how moribund Professor Keller could have constructed his machine-house of horrors at such colossal expense without anyone noticing (even in so remote a rural area) is never explained, and surely someone would have seen to his being buried instead of leaving his embalmed corpse at the house's centre? Admittedly, it all adds to the creepy atmosphere; and the script's manifold ingenuities prevent one from thinking too much about such mundane things.moreless

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    • Mrs. Peel discovers Professor Keller's ultimate aim.
      Mrs. Peel: The object of the exercise is to drive me insane. How will you know when you've achieved it?
      Computer: Because you will kill yourself.

    • Steed remains unmoved by Mrs. Peel's recent loss.
      Mrs. Peel: An old uncle of mine died some while back, left me his house. I have to go and look at it.
      Steed: Oh, how upsetting.
      Mrs. Peel: Not really, I never knew him.
      Steed: No, that you have to dash. I've got my hands full and I could do with a cup of coffee.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode reveals that Mrs. Peel's maiden name was Knight, and that her father, Sir John Knight, was a wealthy industrialist upon whose death Emma at age 21 took over the family business.

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