The Avengers

Season 5 Episode 22

The Positive Negative Man

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 1967 on ITV

Episode Recap

Scientist Charles Grey is found dead in mysterious circumstances, embedded in the wall of his office. All of his notes about Project 90 are destroyed, burned in a locked safe. Mrs Peel goes to see another participant in Project 90, Maurice Jubert, and finds him dead. His assistant was knocked out before his death and can only remember a strange rustling sound.



Steed travels to Risely Dale, the laboratory where Project 90 was developed. A blue van is parked outside and when Steed touches it, he gets a terrible shock, knocking him unconscious. Mrs Peel arrives and brings Steed round, but Steed can't explain the attack on his person. A third person shows up, Mr Creswell, the head of Project 90. He lives near the laboratory and explains the point of the experiments. They tried to develop a weapon that could transmit electricity, the idea of James Mankin. A first test failed and the project was scrapped.



Steed decides to visit Mankin. The scientist still believes in the merits of his project and is disgusted by the way he was treated. On his way back home Steed is followed by a blue van. It emits a sort of ray causing all the circuits in Steed's car to short out.



Mankin, intrigued by Steed's questions, travels to Risely Dale. He phones Steed and Mrs Peel to meet him there. Shortly afterwards he gets attacked by a man in silver make-up, who electrocutes him as he tries to climb a fence. Mrs Peel finds the body and notices a blue van. As she touches it, she gets a nasty shock.



Meanwhile Steed looks up Creswell again, with new questions. He is introduced to Creswell's assistant Haworth. To Creswell's surprise Mrs Peel shows up too. She invents an excuse for her and Steed to leave. Afterwards Creswell berates Haworth (the man in silver make-up) for not killing Mrs Peel.



Mrs Peel explains to Steed that she found an electrocuted Mankin and got a nasty shock from the blue van. She was only saved because she wore rubber boots. Later that night Mrs Peel gets a visit from Haworth, who shocks her unconscious.



Mrs Peel is tied to a table and 25,000 volts are run through her. By recording a discussion with her, Creswell creates a telephone message for Steed, telling him to come to Risely Dale. There Steed will touch the electrified Mrs Steel and both will get eletrocuted. Creswell explains that he wants to take over the world with his electrified soldiers.



Steed shows up wearing galoshes, making it possible to free Mrs Peel without any danger. A fight ensues with Haworth and once Mrs Peel can remove one of his boots, the man electrocutes himself. (The silver make-up was another way of insulating himself against the current. The blue van transmitted the electricity to Haworth.)

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