Recap / The Prisoner E 15 The Girl Who Was Death

Number Six pursues a mad scientist and his beautiful, murderous daughter on a wild superspy adventure!

This episode provides examples of:

  • Backwards-Firing Gun: Number Six sabotages all the rifles in the lighthouse armory. So when the mooks shoot at him, their rifles explode and kill them. Similarly, he removes the explosives from the grenades, and inserts them into the sticks; anyone who tries to use one of these grenades just blows himself up.
  • Cutting the Knot: Sonia ties Number Six to a chair inside the missile and leaves him to die upon its launch. Number Six can't reach the knots to untie them, and the rope is too strong to break—so he breaks the chair and slips the rope right off.
  • Daddy's Little Villain: Sonia, who's Daddy's Little Dragon to boot!
  • Death Course: Number Six follows Sonia into an abandoned village that's just loaded with death traps. There's an automated sentry gun, a Trap Door opening onto electrified spikes, and a Gas Chamber.
  • Destructive Romance: After he survives several murder attempts, Sonia falls madly in love with Number Six. Unfortunately, this just makes her even more obsessed with killing him.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: This episode is based on an unused script from McGoohan's prior series Danger Man.
  • Faking the Dead: Number Six escapes from Sonia by faking his own death in a vehicle explosion.
  • Linked List Clue Methodology: The first third of the episode is Sonia repeatedly trying to kill/incapacitate Number Six, then leaving him directions to the next attempted murder site.
  • Mugged for Disguise: Number Six sneaks into the lighthouse base by knocking out one of the mooks and taking his uniform.
  • Napoleon Delusion: The mad scientist Professor Schnipps dresses like Napoleon, and has all his underlings wear period-appropriate uniforms.
  • Nested Story Reveal: The final minutes reveal that this whole episode is a bedtime story, told by Number 6 to a group of children.
  • Properly Paranoid: The Village, apparently running out of ideas on how to get Number Six to talk, task him with watching over some children, hoping that he'll let his guard down and reveal some information to the kids. Number Six guesses, correctly, that the Village is still watching—and he tells the kids a ridiculous story just to annoy Number Two.
  • Offhand Backhand: One of the mooks gets suspicious and sneaks up behind Number Six, while Six seems occupied with reassembling some rifles and grenades. Without turning around or looking up, Number Six knocks the mook out with a grenade to the head.
  • The '60s: As part of his disguise, Number Six rocks a groovy mustache-and-muttonchops combo.
  • Special Edition Title: A slight variant, in that Number Two isn't shown in the opening titles.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Number Six gets his mission instructions from a pre-recorded vinyl record. At one point, the recording anticipates that Number Six would have a smart-alec rejoinder.
  • Weaponized Landmark: Professor Schnipps' lighthouse turns out to be the nosecone of his missile.