The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 17

Fall Out

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 04, 1968 on ITV



  • Trivia

    • "All You Need is Love" by The Beatles is played as Number Six is taken to the council chamber and during the climactic shoot-out. Other music featured is "Dem Bones" by The Four Lads (during Forty-Eight's trial and on the A20), and "I Like You Very Much" by Carmen Miranda (as Rover melts).

  • Quotes

    • President: We understand he survived the ultimate test. Then he must no longer be referred to as "Number Six" or a number of any kind. He has gloriously vindicated the right of the individual to be individual. And this Assembly rises to you... Sir.

    • President: Youth, with its enthusiasms which rebels against any accepted norm must because it must--and we sympathize--it may wear flowers in its hair, bells on toes, But when the common good is threatened, when the function of society is endangered, such revolts must cease. They are non-productive and must be abolished.

    • Number Two: New allegiances. Such is the price of fame.... and failure. Dear me, how sad. My Lords, Ladies and Gentleman, a most extraordinary thing happened to me on my way here. It has been my lot in the past to wield a not inconsiderable power. Nay, I have had the ear of statesmen, kings and princes of many lands. Governments have been swayed, policies defined and revolutions nipped in the bud at a word from me in the right place, and at a propitious time. Not surprising therefore, that this community should find a use for me. Not altogether by accident that one day I should be abducted, and wake up here amongst you. What is deplorable is that I resisted for so short a time. A fine tribute to your methods.

    • President: We are honoured to have with us a revolutionary of a different calibre. He has revolted. Resisted. Fought. Held fast. Maintained. Destroyed resistance. Overcome coercion. The right to be a Person, Someone, or Individual. We applaud his private war and concede that despite materialistic efforts he has survived intact and secure. All that remains is recognition of a Man.

  • Notes

    • The name of the "for sale" sign at Number Six's home, "Lageu & Son," refers to John Lageu, Set Dresser for the latter part of the series' run.

    • Alexis Kanner, Angelo Muscat, and Leo McKern are shown in-character on-screen as the actors' names are superimposed. A long shot of Patrick McGoohan in his car has the word "Prisoner" imposed. Of the four, only Muscat is credited in the actual ending credits.

    • The preceding episode Once Upon a Time was filmed almost a year before this episode due to the complex filming history on The Prisoner. When it came time to film this episode, Leo McKern, who had suffered a breakdown due to the difficulties of filming Once Upon A Time, had to be persuaded to come back. McKern by this point was working in other roles and had shaved his goatee off. A special scene where Number Two's face was shaved during resuscitation was added.

    • The identity of Number One, finally revealed here, was hinted at in the opening credits in previous episodes. When Number Six asks "Who Is Number One?" followed by "You Are Number Six," simply place a pause in the middle ie., "You are, Number Six."

    • Besides Patrick McGoohan, Alexis Kanner is the only other actor to appear in all of the last three episodes to be filmed ("Living in Harmony", "The Girl Who Was Death" and "Fall Out"). His name is placed within a box in the opening credits.

    • This is the only episode in which both Angelo Muscat (The Butler) and Alexis Kanner (Number Forty-Eight) appear.

    • Kenneth Griffith (The President) wrote his speech himself as Patrick McGoohan (Number Six) was so pressed for time.

    • Patrick McGoohan (Number Six) has very little dialogue in this episode.

    • The script for this episode was written over two days by Patrick McGoohan in his dressing room.

    • This is the first and only episode to acknowledge the fact that the series was filmed in Portmeirion, Wales. The credit card states: In the grounds of The Hotel Portmeirion - Penrhyndreudraeth, North Wales - by courtesy of Mr. Clough Williams-Ellis.

    • Along with "Living in Harmony", this is one of only two episodes not to feature opening credits.

    • Leo McKern's hair and beard are trimmed much shorter than in the previous episode, "Once Upon A Time". This was due to the fact that the episodes were filmed seven months apart and was explained by showing McKern being shaven before making his entrance.

    • Kenneth Griffith (The President of the Assembly) also appeared in the Danger Man finale "Shinda Shima". Besides Patrick McGoohan, he is the only other actor to appear in the finales of both Danger Man and The Prisoner.

    • This is the only episode not to feature Number Two's office.

    • Patrick McGoohan (Number Six), Angelo Muscat (The Butler), Peter Swanwick (The Supervisor), Leo McKern (Number Two), Colin Gordon (Number Two), Frederick Piper (The Ex-Admiral), Denis Shaw (The Shopkeeper) and Bee Duffell (The Psychiatrist) are the only actors to play the same character in more than one episode of the series.

    • Kenneth Griffith (The President of the Assembly) previously played Dr. Schnipps and Number Two in "The Girl Who Was Death".

    • Patrick McGoohan (Number Six) is the only actor to appear in every episode. In second place is Angelo Muscat (The Butler) who appeared in 15 of the 17 episodes of the series. He did not appear in "Living in Harmony" and "The Girl Who Was Death."

    • Patrick McGoohan (Number Six), Angelo Muscat (The Butler) and Peter Swanwick (The Supervisor) are the only actors to appear in both this episode and the pilot, "Arrival."

  • Allusions

    • There is an eye in a pyramid which is an allusion to a Masonic rite. The way that the council members clap and pound their desks is an allusion to the three claps which are often used in Masonic rituals.