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Rescue Me!

During the Emma Peel era, Emma seems to rescue Steed as much as the reverse. Was this the case? Here is a scorecard for the monochrome episodes, kindly compiled by John Orleanski (scroll down for the color season):

Episode

Steed Rescues Emma...

Emma Rescues Steed...

The Murder Market

from burial by supplying a weighted, trap-door-equipped coffin.
Score: 1

--

The Master Minds

from Leeming's gunpoint in the gym by swinging in Tarzan-style.
Score: 1

from death on the archery course by faking that she killed him.
Score: 1

Dial a Deadly Number

from Fitch's cupboard; from Harvey's chokehold in the final wine cellar fight; by firing the champagne cork at Harvey.
Score: 3

from Jago's gunpoint by dropping the wine case on top of Glynn; from Glynn's death-grip by giving him a kidney punch; by pushing Steed out of the way from Harvey's gunfire.
Score: 3

Death at Bargain Prices

by unrolling her from the rolled-up carpet.
Score: 1

by shooting Wentworth as he charges down the stairs, after he had taken deadly aim at Steed.
Score: 1

Too Many Christmas Trees

by tripping her up so she falls out of the way of Storey's gunpoint.
Score: 1

from a blow-your-mind-nightmare by awakening him after returning from grocery shopping; from Janice Crane's blow-your-mind-card-guessing-game by dropping the glass to cause a distraction; from a presumed drugged sleep by shaking him and making him sing Christmas carols; from Jenkins' gunpoint in the mirror room; from Martin Trasker's gunpoint.
Score: 5

The Cybernauts

from Roger the Cybernaut attacking her on the factory floor by telling her to toss him the radio transmitter pen.
Score: 1

--

The Gravediggers

from being run over by a miniature train.
Score: 1

--

Room Without a View

from the prison cell by leaving the keys in the lock.
Score: 1

--

A Surfeit of H2O

from a very, very tight squeeze in the wine press.
Score: 1

from being cracked on the head with a wine bottle on their way to destroy the rain making machine.
Score: 1

Two's a Crowd

by convincing Pudeshkin and Vogel to hold Emma as hostage rather than disposing of her at once; by leaving broken glass for her to use to cut her bindings; by shooting down the model airplane as it makes a strafing run at them.
Score: 3

from being confronted by the four foreign agents by overpowering the armed security guard.
Score: 1

Man-Eater of Surrey Green

from the plant by dousing her with herbicide before she is dragged off.
Score: 1

from the mind-controlled chauffeur by shooting him; from the armed Sir Lyle by tackling him.
Score: 2

Silent Dust

from Juggin's attack with the whip.
Score: 1

from Mellors' shotgun attack by tending to his wound.
Score: 1

The Hour That Never Was

from being bound and gagged in the dentist's chair.
Score: 1

--

The Town of No Return

from being tied up in horse bridle gear in the blacksmith shop.
Score: 1

--

Castle De'ath

from her overnight stay on the rack in the castle dungeon.
Score: 1

by taking out the power station operator, creating a distraction to allow Steed to escape; by shooting the gillie who was aiming to shoot Steed in the final fight.
Score: 2

The Thirteenth Hole

from the underground bunker.
Score: 1

--

Small Game for Big Hunters

from Swain, Fleming, and the two natives by swinging into the fight Tarzan-style.
Score: 1

from Trent and Swain.
Score: 1

The Girl from Auntie

from the gilded bird cage by providing a distraction.
Score: 1

--

The Danger Makers

--

from Long by jumping onto the teeter board, propelling him into the high voltage wire.
Score: 1

What the Butler Saw

--

from Moran by grabbing away the gun.
Score: 1

How To Succeed....At Murder

from the group of murderous women by providing a distraction.
Score: 1

--

Honey for the Prince

from Arkadi's gunpoint when they end up back at the QQF.
Score: 1

--

Total Scores

24

20


For the color episodes, it would seem the studio got some of their way and influenced the script writers/directors to have Steed rescue Emma more times than she did him. This perhaps met the USA requirements that Emma be toned down. Shame, really, but there it is:

Episode

Steed Rescues Emma...

Emma Rescues Steed...

The Fear Merchants

from Pemberton and Co., who are threatening Emma with "the ultimate fear, Mrs. Peel... Pain!"

--

Escape in Time

from Waldo Thyssen and Co., who have Emma in the stocks and ready for branding!

--

The Bird Who Knew Too Much

from the "old gun tied to a light stand" booby trap by Verret

--

From Venus With Love

from Primble and Co., who are readying Emma for a "quicker than a peroxide rinse" treatment

--

The Winged Avenger

from Arnie, aka "The Winged Avenger," doing battle with Emma upon Poole's study ceiling

--

The Living Dead

--

from the firing squad by machine-gunning them down!

The Hidden Tiger

--

from "pussies galore" by untying him and disabling the medallion control panel

The Correct Way to Kill

--

from Nutski's gun in the back ploy by spearing Nutski with her epee

Epic

from Z.Z. Von Snerck and Co., as they prepare the "split personality" buzz saw scene

--

The Superlative Seven

--

from Jason Wade, big game hunter, or was it his twin...

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Station

--

from the diabolical ticket taker by joining him in the dining car fight

Something Nasty in the Nursery

--

from Miss Lister's gunpoint, after she realizes Steed's hands are gloved

The Joker

from Prendergast's attack with very sharp, pointed scissors

--

Return of the Cybernauts

from Beresford's little "control your body" wristwatch

--

Dead Man's Treasure

from Mike, who has Emma on the hot seat doing 140 MPH in the race car simulator

--

The 50,000 Breakfast

--

from being chained to the four poster bed by picking his handcuffs with his bequeathed solid gold toothpick

You Have Just Been Murdered

from Nathaniel Needle, hiding Emma in... (wait for it...) a haystack

--

Murdersville

from the chastity belt in the village museum

from Dr. Haymes gunpoint, by spearing him (revenge for killing Paul Croft?)

The Positive Negative Man

from Creswell and Haworth's aluminum foil trap

--

Mission... Highly Improbable

from Shaffer's office, when they tied up Emma thinking she was the batty boffin's daughter

from the same place, where Steed, the batty boffin, and his daughter were all tied up

Total Scores

13

9

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