Recap / The Prisoner E 13 Do Not Forsake Me Oh My Darling

Number Six is given a new face and sent on a spy mission to serve the Village.

The story begins back in London, with a group of men discussing a set of slides. We learn from their conversation that they are most definitely spies, as they discuss whether or not the slides are part of a code that needs to be broken. But their interest seems to be focused on slide number six, featuring a picture of a Dr. Seltzman.

This episode provides examples of:

  • Anachronic Order: The length of time that Number Six has been gone tells us he's been at the Village for more than a year, but there's little more to tell us where exactly in the episode order this should go.
  • Discontinuity: Much of this episode doesn't match up with what we see in "Many Happy Returns," where Number Six also returned to the real world to confront what the Village had done to him.
    • In particular, this episode informs us that Number Six was engaged and that there was a fiancee waiting for him back home. This particular fact - which the Village should have known since Number Six was marrying the intelligence director's daughter - never even gets used by the Village to make the Prisoner talk, nor do they consider the engagement a likely reason - retire and settle down - why Number Six resigned.
  • For Science!: The reason Seltzman invented a mind-swapping device, for what he viewed were practical applications. When accused by Number Two that Seltzman had to know such technology would be abused, Seltzman responds it was never his intent and that it's the fault of men like Number Two who subvert such knowledge.
  • Grand Theft Me: Seltzman invents a machine that does this. Number 2 muses on the ability of this machine to create agents who can wreak havoc on the security of any nation.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: The episode exists due to Patrick MacGoohan being busy with Ice Station Zebra.