The Avengers

Season 5 Episode 16

Who's Who???

Aired Unknown May 06, 1967 on ITV
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When one of the Floral Network of agents is found dead atop a pair of stilts, Steed and Emma's interest is piqued. That's the idea, because foreign agents Basil and Lola have a trap prepared for them: a machine that swaps their minds into the pair's bodies.moreless

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  • Who's Who? Indeed

    This episode was a hoot! The premise is that Steed and Mrs. Peel are the victims of mind transference with 2 agents from the other side. This must have been great fun for MacNee and Diana Rigg to make, as we see the bad guys impersonating Steed and Emma and doing things the real duo would never do. In the end, things go back the way they should, thankfully.
  • Basil and Lola are a kind of low-rent Steed and Emma - only they work for the opposition. Mad scientist Dr. Krelmar arranges a body-swap...

    Although this series never rated exactly high on credibility, "Who's Who?" might be its pottiest-ever episode. Enjoyable as it is, one must murmur that its normally-reliable scriptwriter, Philip Levene, seems to run out of steam occasionally; we even have a couple of breaks in the action whilst an offscreen narrator reminds us of what's happening. (Was the original script running short? If so, Levene could have spent a little time explaining how Steed and Emma manage to know so much about Dr. Krelmar.) One can forgive much, though, for an episode featuring such clever guest performances as those of Freddie Jones and Patricia Haines. Their impersonations, not of the voices or looks, but of the manner of Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg, are quite brilliant.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This episode makes it quite clear to even the most prurient of viewers that the relationship between Steed and Emma is strictly platonic - the phrase "just good friends" is actually used.

    • Tag: Arriving at Emma's apartment and astonished to see flowers in every corner, Steed frustrates Emma by pretending to know nothing of her 'special occasion'. Then, coming clean and inviting her to join him on a flight to Parish, she repays him in kind by stating that she is already packed!

    • The opening teaser for this episode: As Mrs. Peel looks in to a mirror; her reflection is replaced by that of Steed's. He states, 'Mrs. Peel - we're needed.'

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Mrs.Peel: (to Steed) One should never take a man for granted, but one does.

    • Mrs. Peel: Help yourself to a drink.
      Steed: Erm, thanks...
      Mrs. Peel: You know where it is.
      Steed: (looking confused) On second thoughts better not, keep a clear head and all that.
      Mrs Peel : Oh, you have changed.

    • (Inspecting Steed's place)
      Mrs. Peel: (as Lola) They've been having a ball.
      Steed: (as Basil) A blast, with my '47… and not even chilled!
      Mrs. Peel: Now Steed, don't get irate.
      Steed: Irate? My Cigars, they've been smoking my cigars! And he's… bitten the end off.
      Mrs. Peel: Now, no–
      Steed: Bitten!
      Mrs. Peel: Calm down.
      Steed: What sort of a fiend are we dealing with? A man who would bite the end off a cigar is capable of anything.

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