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Episode 58: Cathy Gale Era
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"Steed, what are those wires protruding from the back of your head?"
 
Cathy: "I'm worried that Steed might be an alien replicant from outer space."
 
Steed: "What duplicate could ever be as crass and chauvinistic as the real thing?"
 

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Spanish: "Hombre Con Dos Sombras"

 

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MAN WITH TWO SHADOWS

Steed hides from himself
Cathy is ordered to kill him

Production completed: 21 June 1963
UK Premiere (London, Season 3): 12 October 1963
US Premiere (A&E cable): ca. 7 March 1991

Spy vs. Spy (click to see category list)Courtesy of a tip-off from an almost hopelessly brainwashed agent, it is learned that doubles are being trained to replace certain key people, such as a nuclear physicist and a super-spy—Steed! After Steed's double shows up at a resort to make the switch, Cathy must decide if Steed is still Steed—if not, she is under orders to kill him.
 

 IMHO

Although the premise has seen perhaps more than its fair share of use, this is one of the most plausible versions of it I've seen. You almost feel sorry for Steed's double, having spent five years in training only to be killed before he can even make the switch. Although quite enjoyable all around, it is worth watching just for Terence Lodge's standout performance as Borowski, an agent brainwashed with multiple personalities, including a Nazi and a schlock novelist from New York, amongst others.
 

 Trivia

At Cathy's flat, Charles (lapping up ice cream) and Cathy are conversing. Cathy remarks, "Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?"—"Who will guard the guardians themselves?" Charles replies, "Rem acu tetigisti"—"You have touched the thing with a needle," or, to use a more familiar idiom, "you have hit the nail on the head." With thanks to "M".

Geoffrey Palmer appeared in the Police Surgeon episode, "Smash But No Grab."

Some scenes were pre-recorded on 20 June 1963 in advance of the main recording.
 

 Best Scene

Wonderfully goofy touch as Cathy and a bad guy duke it out in the middle of the resort lobby, with a Viennese waltz playing in the background.
 

 Best Line

Steed casually asks Cathy what's for breakfast. She fires back, "Cook it and see."

 

MAN WITH TWO SHADOWS

Written by
Designed by
Directed by

James Mitchell
Paul Bernard
Don Leaver

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Cathy Gale
Gordon
Charles
Cummings
Julie
Dr. Terence
Miss Quist
Sigi
Rudi
Borowski
Holiday Camp Official

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Honor Blackman The 007 Connection
Daniel Moynihan*
Paul Whitsun-Jones*
Philip Anthony*
Gwendolyn Watts
Geoffrey Palmer* The 007 Connection
Anne Godfrey
George Little*
Douglas Robinson*
Terence Lodge*
Robert Lankesheer

*DOPPELGANGERS

Philip Anthony

The Outside-In Man

George Little

The Removal Men

Terence Lodge

The Wringer

Daniel Moynihan

The Hour That Never Was

Geoffrey Palmer

Propellant 23
Dance with Death
A Surfeit of H2O

Douglas Robinson

The Decapod
Death on the Rocks
Esprit de Corps

Paul Whitsun-Jones

The Wringer
Room Without a View
Fog
 

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