Quick-Quick Slow Death
Plot: Excellent. Replacing unknown people with agents works for me, although I don't know why they have to replace people to begin with instead of just sending in their agents. I like the idea of having it at a dancing school, because it made for that wonderful Avengers quirkiness. It was a nice twist having Chester Read as the commander, whose character I overlooked at first thinking him as just some more comic relief.
Humour: Excellent. Peidi's comments about Emma's feet were wonderfully over-the-top, but that scene did go on too long. The tattoo parlour was great; I like the man cracking jokes and laughing at his own. The captain's inability to speak was hilarious. The best exchange in this episode is between Steed and Huggins in the clothing store. "Baggy Pants Limited." "Baggy Pants..." "Shhh, top secret work, diplomatic core only." "Baggy Pants..." "Shhh, you've seen pictures of those visiting Russian diplomats?" Huggins nods yes. "Well, where do you think they get those terrible clothes from?"
Direction: Good. Nice shot panning down from the ceiling of the ball room.
Acting: Excellent. Wonderful performances from almost everybody. I loved Steed's facial expressions when he was being interviewed by Lucille.
Music: Excellent. One, two, cha-cha-cha, One, two, cha-cha-cha...
Tag: Good. What was that thing that faded over Steed and Emma at the end? Mountains, sky?
Miscellaneous: Peidi's comment about wanting to see Emma in some "kinky boots" reminded me of the song. Maurice Kaufmann was in one of my favorite Danger Man episodes, so it was nice to see him.
Overall Rating: 9/10
Quick-Quick Slow Death
To a quirky tune a nervous looking man is pushing a pram in a high street. Things are not what they appear and soon he and others are being questioned by The Avengers. A serious tone sets in for a while with some sinister music. Following up a lead Steed traces an office and has to be very careful when he enters. Some of the people he and Mrs. Peel question start to get eliminated, and it was unnecessarily graphic. Another lead to a hand-made-shoe shop, where Mrs. Peel is embarrassingly fawned over, eventually takes her to a dancing school.
When Steed arrives he demonstrates that he too is 'fond of dancing' as the school's name, Terpsichorean, suggests. He tells the proprietress, Miss Banks, about a girlfriend he once had, but her lack of reaction suggests she's already scheming, and in a really comic scene she says to him, "Oh, you poor, poor man." The ladies, meanwhile, have been giving lessons to some less-than-energetic gentlemen. I thought they could at least have said "thank you," and in such company as well.
A 'Dance Display and Contest' evening begins and a saxophone adds to the excitement. Mrs. Peel expects some praise from Steed for what she's found out, and is annoyed that he appears more interested in Miss Banks than her. I'm sure he heard what she said, though. Everything begins to revolve around the dance floor with its screened area, in a sequence that would work well in a stage comedy. The surreal dance-band certainly won't notice what's going on. Steed and Mrs. Peel manage to pass each other vital messages allowing them to swirl their partners out of the way for good. This must be one of the funniest endings of all.
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