Series 3 — Episode 6
Man with Two Shadows
by James Mitchell
Designed by Paul Bernard
Directed by Don Leaver
Alerted by Borowski that doppelgangers are about to infiltrate Britain, Steed keeps a close eye on Gordon who is staying in a holiday camp. It appears that a switch has been made, as the impostor passes all medical tests - except a recently removed tooth has returned! John Steed is the next victim, leaving Mrs Gale with the dilemma of possibly having to kill Steed. Steed turns the table and unveils Cummings as an impostor and the ringleader, and the Avengers finish their assignment. Steed infuriates Cathy by allowing the fake Gordon to stay so they can feel false information to the Soviets.
Gordon (Daniel Moynihan), holidaying at a Butlin’s-style camp goes to his chalet to dress for dinner but when he opens his wardrobe he sees his assassin - a man who looks exactly like him!
Steed’s superior Charles (Paul Whitsun-Jones) takes John Steed (Patrick Macnee) to see Borowski (Terence Lodge), a Ministry agent who had been captured and brainwashed. Borowski now has multiple personalities, but in moments of lucidness hints at a plot to replace British security personnel with doppelgangers.
A body turns up, horribly mutilated, and it seems to be Gordon’s, so Steed goes down to the holiday camp with Catherine Gale (Honor Blackman) to investigate.
Meanwhile, camp odd-jobber Rudi (Douglas Robinson) is told by head waiter Sigi (George Little) to prepare for the death of Steed...
When Steed and Mrs Gale arrive, they discover that a young woman, Julie (Gwendolyn Watts) has fallen in love with Gordon and nothing seems amiss - Steed isn’t sure, so he calls in Gordon’s doctor and dentist to examine him, on the pretext of Gordon’s possible exposure to radiation.
Dr Terence (Geoffrey Palmer) is sure he’s really Gordon, but Miss Quist (Anne Godfrey) swears he’s not - she had removed a bicuspid filling a few weeks ago, but now it’s back in his mouth!
Mrs Gale, in London, is visited by Charles, who tells her there are three doppelgangers out there. Meanwhile, Steed returns to his chalet, but his doppelganger is hiding in his shower cubicle with a silenced pistol...
Cummings (Philip Anthony), a local politician, visits the camp to judge the Miss Beautiful Legs competition, greeted by the Holiday Camp Official (Robert Lankesheer), but it’s not long before he’s made contact with the false Gordon and the false(?) Steed - he tells Steed to kill Mrs Gale if she suspects him.
At the same time, Cathy calls Charles to say she’s not sure of Steed’s identity, and is ordered to kill him if this is so.
However, Cummings suspects Steed, and arranges with Sigi that Rudi will kill him.
Steed overpowers Rudi, but Mrs Gale bursts in, thinking him the traitor, and leaves him with Cummings keeping guard. Cummings can’t believe his luck, and immediately pulls the trigger - but it’s a trick and the gun is empty; Steed tackles the ringleader while Cathy pursues Rudi and subdues him.
Back in London, Cathy is incensed that Steed is allowing Julie to unwittingly marry the false Gordon, just so the Ministry can feed false information back east through the duped Gordon.