The Home Office is mystified when a diplomatic courier dies defending a satchel full of mundane documents. Steed and Cathy follow a trail of clues from Jamaica to Chile to Argentina to solve the crime.





Episode complete credited cast:
Richard Warner ...
Miguel Rosas
Valerie Sarruf ...
Anna Rosas
Douglas Muir ...
Gerald Harper ...
Hedger Wallace ...
Michael Forrest ...
Maria Antippas ...
Singer (as Maria Andipa)
Alan Mason ...
Geoff L'Cise ...
Arthur Griffiths ...
Bernice Rassin ...
Jerry Jardin ...


A British courier dies defending a diplomatic pouch, but the unopened satchel contains only routine documents... or did it contain something vital that is now missing? Steed and Gale follow the trail of foreign agents to Jamaica, Chile and Argentina. Written by Anonymous

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12 February 1991 (USA)  »

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First episode starring Honor Blackman as Dr. Catherine 'Cathy' Gale. See more »


John Steed: [to Cathy, on phone] Stay there till I join you.
Travers: You will not leave this consulate.
John Steed: Oh, shut up.
Catherine Gale: [on other line] What?
John Steed: S- eh, eh, it wasn't you.
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Honor Blackman's debut as Catherine Gale
30 December 2010 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

June 1962, and "Death Dispatch," fourth episode shot for the second season of THE AVENGERS, features the debut of Honor Blackman as Mrs. Catherine Gale, here revealed as an anthropologist and, according to Steed himself, "attractive widow, blonde with blue eyes." Douglas Muir returns as Steed's most frequently seen superior, One Ten (previously seen in five lost episodes during the first season, making an even ten appearances overall, the last one in "Immortal Clay"), who shows up in Jamaica to put Steed on the route of a murdered courier whose diplomatic pouch escaped theft, later joined by the exceptional Catherine Gale. We go from Jamaica to Bogota to Peru to Santiago, where the determined Miguel Rosas (Richard Warner) seeks to gain political power by assassinating an American envoy. The plot is barely serviceable, so the interaction between Steed and Cathy easily provides all the intrigue. We spy on Cathy in a bra and half-slip (shades of Janet Leigh in "Psycho!"), a glorious sight that US censors would never have allowed, and her phone conversation with Steed is only the beginning of their sparkling repartee. She does some spying on her own, disguised as a Spanish-speaking maid, only temporarily successful, her capture forcing a rescue by Steed, who must first escape temporary confinement from mild-mannered diplomat Travers (Gerald Harper, later seen in "The Hour That Never Was" and "Homicide and Old Lace"), a delightful comic encounter. Michael Forrest, as a bartender who gets roughed up, later did "The Hidden Tiger," while Geoff L'Cise, as a thug who accosts Steed at the Bogota airport, later did "The Gilded Cage." The first Blackman episode shot, but the ninth to be broadcast, featuring dull villains completely dominated by the two leads, a sign that better things lay ahead for the series.

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