The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 12

A Change of Mind

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Dec 31, 1967 on ITV
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Episode Summary

After becoming involved in a fight with two thugs, Number Six is declared 'unmutual' by the Village committee who recommend that he undergo 'instant social treatment'. However, due to Number Six's importance he is not actually administered the treatment, but is only tricked into thinking he has had it. Number Six later realises this, and manages to get the Village doctor on his side. With her help he has plans for Number Two.moreless

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  • Number Six becomes civilized

    This was a pretty good episode but nothing top notch. I liked the premise that they tried to trick Number Six using a whole new method. A quick fix of a lobe in the brain and Number Six will be a good boy now. Unfortunately for Number Two (who's character isn't all that interesting in this episode) he is out smarted once again. There were momentary instances where Number Six may have believed that the brain procedure was committed but for the most part he was on top of things. The blond female scientist was very interesting and just once I would like to see Number Six get it on with some broad in the village, Guardian or not.moreless
Angela Browne

Angela Browne

Number Eighty Six

Guest Star

John Sharp

John Sharp

Number Two

Guest Star

George Pravda

George Pravda


Guest Star

Peter Swanwick

Peter Swanwick


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • After his first meeting with Number Six, Number Two leaves the flat, and twenty seconds later he's back in the Green Dome watching Number Six finishing his conversation with Eighty-Six.

    • John Sharp is credited by his alias "John Sharpe" in the credits.

    • Goof: In 'A Change Of Mind' after approximately 9 minutes have passed and as Number Six walks up a bricked walkway, you can see a white car pass in the background at the end of the walkway.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Committee Member: It is the duty of this Committee to deal with complaints.
      Number Six: Complaints?
      Committee Voice: Your complaints.
      Number Six: Well done. I have several.

    • Number Two: Do carry on.
      Number Six: No time for tea?
      Number Two: No. Only your future.

    • First Member of Social Group: All right, say you're a poet and you were composing, and you failed to hear Number Ten's greeting.
      Second Member of Social Group: Neglect of social principle.
      Number Six: Poetry has a social value.
      Second Member of Social Group: He's trying to divide us.
      First Member of Social Group: His intentions are obvious. To stop us from helping this unfortunate girl.
      Number Forty Two: You're trying to undermine my rehabilitation. Disrupt my social progress!
      Number Six: Strange talk for a poet.
      Second Member of Social Group: Reactionary!
      First Member of Social Group: Rebel!
      Number Forty Two: Disharmonious!

    • Number Six: You still have a choice. You can still salvage your right to be individuals. Your rights to truth and free thought. Reject this false world of Number Two. Reject it. Now!

    • (addressing crowd with Number Two in attendance)
      Number Six: To borrow one of Number Two's sayings, "The butcher with the sharpest knife has the warmest heart."

    • Number Two: There is a saying, "The slowest mule is nearest to the whip."
      Number Six: And another. "He who digs a pit will one day lie in it." Or is Number Two above investigation?

    • Number Six: (to Number Two) Public enemy, Number Six?

  • NOTES (3)


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