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Recap / The Prisoner E 14 Living In Harmony

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A Wild West sheriff resigns and is kidnapped to another town, where a malevolent Judge tries to force him to drop his new pacifist principles.

This episode provides examples of:

  • All Just a Dream: The whole episode is revealed to have been the result of a drug-induced hallucination.
  • Blackmail: The Judge blackmails the "Sheriff" into staying to protect Kathy.
  • Cowboy Episode: This episode takes place in an apparent Elseworld Wild West setting. Number Six is a sheriff who turns in his badge and gun and tries to leave town. It turns out to be a Virtual Reality Interrogation created in-universe with a stage set and hallucinogenic drugs.
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  • Fake Town: At the end of the episode, The Wild West town turns out to be a fake created by the Village leaders to trick Number 6.
  • Geographic Flexibility: The Village apparently has a full mockup of a Wild West town, within walking distance, which previous episodes had never hinted at.
  • Jump Scare: Number 8 does this to The Girl.
  • Kangaroo Court: The Judge sentencing Kathy for helping a Prisoner escape.
    • Insane Troll Logic: Although no crime was committed (the prisoner was under "protective custody"), Kathy is liable "because she didn't know that."
  • Kubrick Stare: The Kid/Number 8.
  • Lost in Character: In a rare variation, both Numbered agents return to their characters after the experiment is over.
  • Nice Hat: The Kid's top hat.
  • Out-of-Genre Experience: The series' plot is transplanted onto a Western setting.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: The Kid. Naturally.
  • Quick Draw
  • Showdown at High Noon: Naturally.
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  • Special Edition Title: The episode completely replaces Number Six's usual resignation and kidnapping with a Wild West equivalent. (Some regions which were showing the original UK broadcast took issue with the lack of a title and superimposed a "The Prisoner" caption onto the start, against McGoohan's wishes.)
  • Stalker with a Crush: The Kid to Kathy.
  • Title Drop
  • Virtual Reality: Not quite, but this is as close as the 1960s could get: lots of hallucinogenic drugs and paper cutouts.


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