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Episode 53: Cathy Gale Era
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"I say, Miles, do you think she'd go out with us?"
Steed: "You should have seen her reaction when I told her she was very delicti."
Steed: "Well, of COURSE my head has shrunk!"

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Steed is tried at the Old Bailey for the murder of Catherine Gale

Production completed: ca. 12 April 1963
UK Premiere (London, Season 3): 28 September 1963
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 5 March 1991

Diabolical Masterminds (click to see category list)After an informant widely regarded as guilty is acquitted of treason, he and Steed, who are somehow associated, celebrate the outcome at a pub. But Cathy publicly confronts them with her doubts, and so Steed plots Cathy's murder. Sure enough, after her murder is witnessed, amazingly, Steed is acquitted!


This was a snappy way to get the second season started (it was the first to air). The convoluted and deliberately misleading first half is effective, and the highly detailed plotting is engrossing. Kudos, Brian. My only quibble is that Harold Scott and John Laurie, as the crooked lawyer brothers, went just a wee bit too far OTT at times, but this is easily forgiven.


Helen Lindsay appeared in the Police Surgeon episode, "Man Overboard."

Studio paperwork for this episode identifies it as "Project 3600."

 Best Line

In a rendezvous following Cathy's "murder," Seed greets Cathy with, "Liveliest looking corpus I ever saw—oh, and very dilecti, if I may say so."

The next best line is actually a blooper: very close to the climax, Miles Lakin is telephoning his assistant and in his panic he says, "In the bottom desk of the drawer is a bunch of keys..."



Written by
Designed by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
James Goddard
Peter Hammond

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John Steed
Cathy Gale
Miles Lakin
Jasper Lakin
Barbara Kingston
Miss Prinn
Foreman of the Jury

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Honor Blackman The 007 Connection
Harold Scott
John Laurie*
Helen Lindsay*
Alec Ross*
June Thody
Anthony Baird*
Ailce Fraser
Fred Ferris*
Michael Goldie
Robert Young
Pamela Wardel
Walter Swash


Anthony Baird

Death of a Great Dane

Fred Ferris


John Laurie

Death of a Great Dane
A Funny Thing Happened...

Helen Lindsay


Alec Ross

Super Secret Cypher Snatch

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