The New Avengers

Season 1 Episode 7

To Catch a Rat

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 1976 on ITV
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To Catch a Rat
Steed, Purdey, and Gambit get a strange message, which alerts them to danger. Steed has research to do on some old files, while Purdey and Gambit go out to investigate. A legendary agent has resurfaced, seventeen years after he vanished. Then, he was working in Germany as a circus acrobat, and he discovered the identity of a double agent known as White Rat, set a trap for hiim, and shot him in the leg. The acrobat then had a nasty accident and lost his memory. But now he has remembered who he is, and he is trying to contact his spy masters. They get the radio transmissions from him but can't decipher them, and the race is on to find him before White Rat does. Meanwhile, Purdey has a new boyfriend and is in danger.moreless

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Purdey says that Gambit's reputation for 'getting around' is common knowledge throughout the Department. The stories about him include the typing pool affair, the under-secretary's under-secretary, and a Russian countess.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Purdey: Daedalus was the father of Icarus. Icarus...
        Gambit: ...flew like a bird, until his wings melted. The virtues of a knockabout education, and a girlfriend who majored in Greek.
        Purdey: Amongst other things, no doubt.
        Gambit: Interpret it as you may.

      • Purdey: (eating marshmallows) I was just trying to remember what I was doing seventeen years ago.
        Gambit: Eating marshmallows, probably. You haven't changed a bit. Well, maybe a bit, but the right bit!

      • Purdey: You play rough, Mr Cromwell.
        Cromwell: You play rougher, Purdey.
        Purdey: I wasn't playing.
        Cromwell: Nor I.

      • Purdey: I have all the virtues. I can wash, sew, iron, cook a mean omelette, and break your back in three places if you step out of line.

      • Steed: I have to suspect everyone. My recurring nightmare is that one day I might even have to arrest myself!

      • Cromwell: I was just passing by.
        Purdey: Try again. This is a basement, twenty-one steps down. To be just passing by, you have to be on your way to a coal-mine.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Ian Henry played Dr David Keel, John Steed's partner in the first season of The Avengers (1961-1962). Unluckily, only one episode of that first season is still known to be in existence, all the others have been lost.

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