The Prisoner (UK)

Season 1 Episode 4

Free for All

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 22, 1967 on ITV
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It's election time in the Village and a new Number Two needs to be elected. Number Six is persuaded to stand. While attending a meeting of the outgoing council meeting, Number Six angers Number Two who decides that Number Six must undergo "The Test". Number Six sets out on his election campaign with many promises to his voters, but his aim is to discover who Number One is.moreless

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  • I found this episode of The Prisoner to be highly entertaining and full of action!

    Free For All is one of the best episodes out of the 17 made for The Prisoner. Number 6 runs for office and then makes a promise for everyone in The Village to be free. How wrong he was. Exciting moment..Number 6\'s escape attempt by boat only to be thwarted by Rover. Rover is one of the reasons of this show\'s popularity. Eric Portman portrayed Number 2 as first class! Free For All is deserving of four stars!moreless
Eric Portman

Eric Portman

Number Two

Guest Star

Rachel Herbert

Rachel Herbert

Number Fifty Eight

Guest Star

George Benson (I)

George Benson (I)

Labour Exchange Manager

Guest Star

Peter Swanwick

Peter Swanwick


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This is the first of four episodes to feature a female Number Two (Rachel Herbert). The other three are "Many Happy Returns", "Dance of the Dead" and "It's Your Funeral".

    • Approximately 28 minutes in to "Free For All" Number Six is fighting with a man in a boat. The man is about to hit Number Six with a metal rod he has in his hands. There is a camera cut and the rod disappears from the man's hands. Number Six then pulls the man into the water.

    • Approximately 30 minutes in to "Free For All" Number Six is in a taxi. He passes a man holding a blue bottle of water as if it were a TV camera.
      You can see the water moving around in the bottle. There is a camera cut, then a different man is seen holding a blue stirofoam block made to look like a TV camera.

    • Near the end of the episode, the Prisoner exits Number 2's Office into a cavern with a straw floor. Here he sees a number of people sitting around a pulsating sphere (or possibly a glowing Rover). The funny thing is that there is only one door to Number Two's office and this is the same door through which he entered. The only logical explanation for this scene would be if the office itself had rotated and lined the door up with another room!

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Number Two: (on the phone to Number Two) Any complaints?
      Number Six: Yes. I'd like to mind my own business.
      Number Two: So do we. Do you fancy a chat?
      Number Six: The mountain can come to Mohammed!

    • Number Six: Elections? In this place?
      Number Two: Of course--we make our choice every 12 months. Every citizen has a choice. Are you going to run?
      Number Six: Like blazes, the first chance I get.

    • Number Two: Mohammed?
      Number Six: Everest I presume.
      Number Two: I've never have had a head for heights.
      Number Six: Where's Number One?
      Number Two: At the summit.
      Number Six: Play it according to Hoyle?
      Number Two: All cards on the table. You may rely on that.
      Number Six: Whose move?
      Number Two: Yours only. Confide, and we concede.

    • Number Six: Everybody votes for a dictator.

    • Number Six: You have a very delicate sense of humour.
      Number Two: Naturally. Humour is the very essence of a democratic society.

    • (Number Six and Number Two are on the balcony of the former's house, discussing the upcoming election)
      Number Six: What physically happens if I win?!
      Number Two: You're the boss.
      Number Six: Number One's the boss.
      Number Two: Join me.
      (They re-enter Number Six's house)
      Number Two: If you win Number One will no longer be a mystery to you, if you know what I mean. Anyway, I'll introduce you properly and see how you feel after assessing the madding crowd.

    • Number Two: Good people, it is my pleasure to present to you the one and only Number Six!
      Number Six: I am not a number, I am a person.

    • Number Six: Unlike me, many of you have accepted the situation of your imprisonment, and will die here like rotten cabbages.

    • Reporter: How will you handle your campaign?
      Number Six: No comment.
      Reporter: "Intends to fight for freedom at all costs."
      Photographer: Smile
      Reporter: How about your internal policy?
      Number Six: No comment.
      Reporter: "Will tighten up on Village security."
      Photographer: Smile!
      Reporter: What about your external policy?
      Number Six: No comment.
      Reporter: "Our exports will operate in every corner of the globe." How do you feel about life and death?
      Number Six: Mind your own business.
      Reporter: "No comment."

    • Labour Exchange Manager: "Gave up sugar four years and three months ago on medical advice." That shows you're afraid.
      Number Six: What?
      Labour Exchange Manager: You're afraid of death.
      Number Six: I'm afraid of nothing.
      Labour Exchange Manager: You're afraid of yourself. You are aware of that? Good, you are honest. That is of use here. Honesty attracts confidence and confidences are the core of our business.

    • Number 6: The community can rest assured that the interests are very much my own and if there is anything I can do to maintain the security of the citizens it will be my primary objective. Be Seeing You.

    • Number Six: There are those who come in here and deny that we can supply every conceivable civilised amenity within our boundaries. You can enjoy yourselves and you will. You can partake of the most hazardous sports and you will. The price is cheap. All you have to do in exchange is give us information. You are then eligible for promotion to other and perhaps more attractive spheres. Where do you desire to go? What has been your dream? I can supply it. Winter, spring, summer or fall--they can all be yours at any time. Apply to me and it will be easier and better.

    • Number Six: They say, "Six of one and half a dozen of the other." Not here. It's six for two and two for nothing. And six for free, for all. For free for all. Vote, vote.

  • NOTES (4)


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