Episode 140: Tara King Era
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  Tag

Steed attempts to hypnotize Tara but instead hypnotizes himself. Tara takes advantage of this by ordering him to take her to dinner. Steed momentarily leaves his trance to ask who'll foot the bill.

  A.K.A.

 Whatever Happened to Yesterday?

 Le document disparu

 Das Glaspflegeinstitut

 Scacco matto all'Ufficio Cifra

 Robo De Cifras Super Secretas

  On the Radio

• The Super Secret Cypher Snatch

  Other Viewpoints

• Visitor Reviews
• The GLG Report
• The Young Avenger

SEPET SUCPRE CNCEHC SYPARE
(SUPER SECRET CYPHER SNATCH)

Steed plays 'what's wrong with this picture'
Tara becomes a file clerk*

Production completed: 14 June 1968
UK Premiere (London, Season 7): 9 October 1968
US Premiere (New York, Season 4): 30 September 1968

Secrets from Cypher HQ are turning up in enemy hands, in spite of airtight security. Worse, agents sent in to investigate find the assignment terminal.

 IMHO

While it starts out as a bit of a yawn, it does pick up toward the end. Classic cleverness borders on excessive goofiness (a hallmark of this season) as Steed and Tara meet Mother in their respective cars in the middle of a field.

 Trivia

I haven't noticed very many books or websites that refer to this episode's full on-screen title! (Dossier is one, but they misspelled it—so typical.)

Simon Oates (Maskin) played Steed in the short-lived stage play of The Avengers (1971).

Acronym Alert: CGC is Classy Glass Cleaning Co. Ltd, and MOTC is the Ministry Of Top-Secret Codes (extrapolated from dialogue).

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 On Location

Brookman's Park Transmitting Station serves as Cypher HQ.

 Best Line

Tara: "Jarret... You're sitting on him." (to Steed, who is indeed unknowingly sitting on the corpse)

 Essential Reading

 

SUPER SECRET CYPHER SNATCH

Written by
Score by
Directed by

Tony Williamson
Howard Blake
John Hough

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Tara King
Webster
Ferret
Mother
Maskin
Myra
Vickers
Peters
Lather
1st Guard
2nd Guard
Betty
Jarret
Davis
Wilson

Patrick Macnee 007
Linda Thorson
Allan Cuthbertson #
Ivor Dean #
Patrick Newell #
Simon Oates #
Angela Scoular 007
Donald Gee
John Carlisle
Nicholas Smith #
Alec Ross #
Lionel Wheeler
Anne Rutter #
Clifford Earl #
Anthony Blackshaw #
David Quilter

UNBILLED

Rhonda

Rhonda Parker

# DOPPELGANGERS

Anthony Blackshaw

The Sell-Out
The Mauritius Penny
Esprit de Corps

Allan Cuthbertson

Death at Bargain Prices
Death's Door
The Deadly Air

Ivor Dean

The Removal Men
Dead Man's Treasure

Clifford Earl

Escape in Time

Patrick Newell

The Town of No Return
Something Nasty in the Nursery

Simon Oates

You Have Just Been Murdered
Hostage

Alec Ross

Brief for Murder

Anne Rutter

Homicide and Old Lace

Nicholas Smith

Escape in Time
 

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