Series 5 - Episode 256½ stars
by Brian Clemens
Directed by James Hill
|Set Design||4 stars|
Why have the cross-over episode? After all it'd never been done before. Maybe Clemens was worried about the quality of the new material (as was Macnee!) and wanted to associate it with that which came before. On reviewing, I'd have to say that it's not a bad story, and pretty engaging, but would have been better without the slapstick humour.
Mortimer turns up outside Steed's apartment, not knowing where he is, who he is or why he's there. He recovers sufficiently to tell Steed that there is a traitor in Mother's organisation, the shadowy "Ministry" but he cannot remember whom.
Mrs Peel also forgets what she learns, shot by the same amnesia-drug gun as Mortimer, when the goons recapture Mortimer. Steed is taking the forgetful Mrs Peel to Mother when they are ambushed - Mrs Peel kidnapped and Steed pumped full of the drug. His only clue to his identity when he regains consciousness in a hospital is Tara's 'phone number, hidden in his boot.
He seeks the help of the new recruit, Tara King, and together they trace two thugs to their hideout. The real traitor is George Burton who has defected to a country that has developed memory-killing darts. With confusion reigning at the Ministry, Steed overpowers the gang with the help of Tara and Mrs Peel, though no one is quite sure why.
Peter Peel, Emma's missing husband, has been found alive in the Amazon jungle and she leaves Steed in the capable hands of Tara King, telling her to stir his tea anti-clockwise. Looking out his apartment window as the Peels drive away, Steed is astounded to discover that Peter Peel is the spitting image of himself.
|Hillman Hunter||pale blue||-|
|Norton motorcycle with sidecar box||red, black box||431 BY|
|Triumph motorcycle||black||NKH 741|
|Bentley 4.5 litre 1927||British racing green||YT 3942|
|Rover P6||powder blue||LAN 586D|
|Rover P6||powder blue||LYE 579C|
|AC 428 Frua||maroon||LPH 800D|
|Rolls Royce Silver Shadow convertible by Mulliner Park Ward (these were restyled in 1971 and relaunched as the Corniche)||silver sand||YMB 20F|
|NONE. What a nice episode for Emma's farewell...|
Continuity and trivia
- 1:34 - Another variation in the opening credits - Steed and Mrs Peel are facing away from the camera in silhouette, instead of towards it as usual.
- 5:00 - Why do Steed and Mortimer come in the kitchen door? Is there a quick side entrance Steed prefers to use?
- 6:38 et passim. - Steed's yellow front door doesn't seem to appear in the street scenes at all, it ought to be nearly opposite the black door with the marble heads, but there is a row of blue stable doors instead.
- 9:06 - There are curved corners at the top and bottom left corners of the screen, presumably from a large flare guard on one of the cameras, as they come and go throughout the episode: They disappear abruptly at 24:57, return at 28:10, dispappear at 34:16 then immediately reappear at 34:21 for the close-up of the crossword. At 34:55 they're back, then disappear again at 36:10. I can only assume they were on Camera 1 as they appear so often.
- 9:10 - There's a hair caught at top left of the screen, probably on the camera lens as it remains for the duration of the shot then vanishes.
- 9:33 - Emma tries to jog Sean's memory with some word association:
black/white, up/down, bed/sleep, attack/motorbike
- 17:30 - Steed takes 3 lumps of sugar in his tea.
- 21:07 - The "Glasshouse" is the disused "Mitrum Glass Works".
- 23:00 - Filson is very quick to decide Steed is a traitor, does he have a grudge against Steed?
- 25:10 etc. - Flashbacks: When Steed is coming round in the county hospital, where he's being treated by the shockingly unsympathetic Dr Soames (see below), he experiences a couple of flashbacks to previous episodes with Mrs Peel as he gazes at the lovely Sally. He also experiences some flashbacks when he sees Tara, and when he gets home.
- 25:10 and 26:00 - "Escape in Time"
- 26:40 - the tree fallingm and ensuing crash and fight, as well as "Escape in Time"
- 26:58 - Sally blurs out and becomes Emma in "Escape in Time"
- 30:18 - Tara blurs out and becomes Emma in "Escape in Time"
- 33:21 - back home: "Escape in Time" again, the kitchen conjured up "Return of the Cybernauts" and the sofa reminds him of "You Have just been Murdered"
Nurse Sally Escape in Time Return of the Cybernauts You Have Just Been Murdered Tara King
- 25:55 - Dr Soames doesn't bother with the medical evidence and leaps to the conclusion that Steed is a drunk. He then makes the worst possible medical decision and prescribes him a sedative. Nurse Sally is suitably shocked.
- 28:30 - Tara wears an outfit very similar to that worn by Mrs Peel in Dead Man's Treasure - tan overcoat with a green scarf.
- 29:35 - "he loves me/not - leads Emma to think of Steed
- 31:37 - filing cabinet
- 31:56 - There's an obvious model hotel & railway bridge outside Tara's window. The curtains earlier appeared in the offices of The Litoff Organisation in The £50,000 Breakfast.
- 34:21 - The crossword is filled with gibberish, and none of the answers is "anecdote".
- 36:10 - Music from the Mackiedockie Court scene in "Escape in Time" plays as Steed enters the grounds.
- 37:25 - Steed knocks Filson out with metal bowler
- 47:14 - he likes his tea stirred anti-clockwise
- 47:25 onwards - Peter Peel is played by Patrick Macnee for the close ups and mid shots, while Paul Weston does the driving away in the long shot.
- 47:25 - the view of the Rolls from Steed's window is impossible - the car couldn't have been driving directly away from it down the street.
- Running time : 49'17"
- Some people have claimed that there's proof that this episode was started before Diana left the show, then completed later, as Steed's sideburns change length in different scenes, but I couldn't see it myself. .
Brian Clemens, in fact, revealed in the commentary for Split! and Murdersville in the Optimum DVD releases that The Forget-Me-Knot was not an unfinished Diana Rigg episode that was reshot, as has been claimed in the past - he wrote it in three days when reinstated as producer and convinced Diana to return to take part in four days of filming.
- Brian Clemens revealed in the commentary for Split! in the Optimum DVD release that the idea of Mother's office set from The Forget-Me-Knot was stolen from a Powell-Pressburger film (Guards/Guardsmen??). He also revealed that the set was not "dismantled and too expensive to build again" - one need only look at it to see how cheap it would be to build. They simply wanted to have Mother appear in different locations all the time.