Episode 45: Cathy Gale Era
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Steed tracks down some rotten eggs
Cathy prepares for a risky breakfast*

Production completed: 31 January 1963
UK Premiere (London, Season 2): 3 February 1963
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 21 February 1991

A scientist's lab was broken into, but nothing was taken—at least, that's what the outside world thinks. Steed has it on good authority that samples of a deadly new viral strain were removed, so Cathy brushes up on her biochemistry to help prevent an epidemic.


Sadly this episode has become unsettlingly topical. Although somewhat mundane around the edges, it is occasionally quite chilling due to some of its uncanny realism: the victims of the virus do not die a quick, dramatic death where their flesh is eaten away or their heads explode; they die slowly, with acute flu-like symptoms. (How on Earth could Martin Woodhouse have known about Anthrax?) Thankfully we are spared a realism overdose by Redfern (Peter Arne), a fourth-season-style diabolical mastermind.


Owing to the bizarre UK broadcasting order, Peter Arne appears in two episodes in a row (playing Redfern in this one and Cosmo Gallion in "Warlock"), whereas they were the 5th and 19th episodes to be produced.

*This unofficial subtitle is by Yours Truly.

 Best Scene

Stuck at Steed's apartment because hers is being refurbished, Cathy attempts to reconstruct a valuable vase, warning Steed to keep his distance. Although we can see what's coming a half-mile away, the outcome is worth the price of admission.

 Essential Reading


Teleplay by
Story Editor
Designed by
Directed by

Martin Woodhouse
Richard Bates
Douglas James
John Bryce
Peter Hammond

Full production credits


John Steed
Cathy Gale
Elizabeth Bayle
Dr. Ashe
De Leon

Patrick Macnee 007
Honor Blackman 007
Peter Arne #
Pauline Delaney #
Donald Eccles
Gordon Whiting #
Robert Bernal
Irene Bradshaw #
Louis Haslar
Charles Bird


Peter Arne

Death on the Slipway
Room Without a View

Irene Bradshaw

One for the Mortuary

Pauline Delaney

The 50,000 Breakfast

Gordon Whiting

Return of the Cybernauts

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