Recap / The Prisoner E 7 Many Happy Returns

Number Six awakens to find the Village utterly deserted. Has he been abandoned, and can he escape back to Britain?

  • Ambiguous Situation: Who is working for who, how much was under the Village's control, and how much of this was deliberate is never made clear.
  • Ghost Town: What the Village turns into one night while Six is asleep.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: Six briefly suffers from this before realizes he can use the situation to escape.
  • I Gave My Word: The reason why Six wants to come back and look for the Village.
    • It harks back to what he told Number Two in "Chimes of Big Ben":
    "I'm going to escape and come back. Escape, come back, wipe this place off the face of the Earth, obliterate it, and you with it!"
    • It's also why Number Two shows up at the end of the episode with a birthday cake. She DID promise him that cake, after all.
  • Mind Screw: This is what the events were all about and do one of the best jobs in battering Six's ego.
    • It's worse: The whole episode is meant to be a birthday present: grant him the dream of escaping and doing what he could to expose and destroy the Village once and for all. And they let him, well except for that last bit.
  • No Dialogue Episode: For the first thirty minutes or so, there is almost no dialogue. Whatever snippets there are come from Romany-like travelers and background noise.
  • The Reveal: Number Two was Mrs. Butterworth.
  • The Unreveal: While the episode takes great pains to map out The Prisoner's journey escaping from the Village there is still the likelihood they manipulated that as well.


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