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Steed: "God, this bloody beard is itchy."
 
Steed: "Well, this is a bit better than the last one."
 
Steed: "I feel like an absolute fool!"
 

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 A.K.A.

French: "Les espians font le service"

German: "Butler sind gefährlich"

Italian: "Cercate il maggiordomo"

Spanish: "Lo Que Vio El Mayordomo" or "¿Qué Vio El Mayordomo?"

Dutch: "Steed wordt butler"

 

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WHAT THE BUTLER SAW

Steed Becomes a Gentleman's Gentleman
Emma Faces a Fate Worse than Death

Produced: late December 1965-early January 1966
UK Premiere (London, Season 4): 25 February 1966
US Premiere (New York, Season 1): 28 July 1966

Just for Laughs (click to see category list)Secrets are leaking left, right and center, but which high-ranking official is the traitor? Only the butler knows. Appearing in a dazzling array of disguises, Steed enrolls at a butler training school, while Emma chases after a skirt-chaser!
 

 IMHO

This episode is played for laughs—and it sure gets them, end to end! Steed in his various guises—and arriving by various means of transportation—is unforgettable, as is Emma's "Operation Fascination." The higher-ups zipping themselves into a clear plastic baggie echoes the "Cone of Silence" from Get Smart. And remember our motto...
 

 Trivia

Does Willows' home look familiar? Gregory McVey-Russel notes it is also the Admiral's office in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station."

Acronym Alert: This episode is probably a record-holder for acronyms by virtue of a single scene: posing as an RAF officer, Steed has an exchange with Squadron Leader Hogg that is comprised almost exclusively of acronyms, including PRO, GHQ, BHQ, TTR, JJV, RHV, GSM, MY, PPR, 007, BB5, GGQ, CO and OK (I could never hope to identify them all). Outside of this, there's CFEE or CF "double E" which is the Commission for Eastern Europe.
 

 Best Scene

Masquerading as a butler, Steed gets all worked up about the sounds coming from the room in which Emma and the notorious Group Captain Miles are having drinks, and he ends up crouched at the door, listening through the keyhole with a funnel.
 

 Best Line

Steed reminds Emma she has a date with Group Captain Miles, leaving her with the advice, "Don't do anything I would do."

Alanna has contributed her favorite: "When Steed is carrying on in Air Force jargon at Group Captain Miles' residence, one of them remarks, 'Downgraded to 007.' Cracks me up every time."
 

 Tag

Steed and Emma take off in a helicopter.

 

WHAT THE BUTLER SAW

Teleplay by
Directed by

Brian Clemens
Bill Bain

Full production credits

CAST

John Steed
Emma Peel
Hemming
Benson
Group Capt. Miles
Major General Goddard
Brigadier Goddard
Vice Admiral Willows
Sergeant Moran
Squadron Leader Hogg
Barber
Reeves
Walters

Patrick Macnee The 007 Connection
Diana Rigg The 007 Connection
Thorley Walters
John Le Mesurier* The 007 Connection
Denis Quilly
Kynaston Reeves*
Howard Marion Crawford*
Humphrey Lestocq
Ewan Hooper
Leon Sinden
David Swift*
Norman Scace*
Peter Hughs*

*DOPPELGANGERS

Howard Marion Crawford

The Living Dead
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Peter Hughs

The Medicine Men

John Le Mesurier

Mandrake

Kynaston Reeves

Legacy of Death

Norman Scace

Lobster Quadrille

David Swift

The Midas Touch
 

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