Two undercover agents are shot at Q.Q.F. Incorporated but one survives long enough to clue in Steed and Peel. So, Steed visits the Quite Quite Fantastic office (where fantasies are made to ... See full summary »
Two undercover agents are shot at Q.Q.F. Incorporated but one survives long enough to clue in Steed and Peel. So, Steed visits the Quite Quite Fantastic office (where fantasies are made to come true) while Emma looks into B. Bumble's honey shop. They soon surmise that someone is aiming for Prince Ali of Barabia, who is visiting London with his harem of 320 wives. Written by
The TV Archaeologist
"Honey for the Prince," the final black and white episode, also was the last to be banned from American broadcast, probably due to the jaw dropping sight of luscious Diana Rigg clad in the most provocative outfit she ever wore on the show, a near nude harem costume with a jewel in her navel (all her most revealing episodes were unfortunately not in color). Barabian Prince Ali (Zia Mohyeddin) is targeted for assassination by a rival nation out to sabotage Britain's oil contract, featuring George Pastell (Hammer's "The Mummy," "The Stranglers of Bombay," "The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb," even "From Russia with Love") as the pampered villain Arkadi, who has a young lovely providing a massage, a manicure, and a steam bath. Ron Moody, later seen in "The Bird Who Knew Too Much," conducts an early version of FANTASY ISLAND, unwittingly setting up the killing by hiding the assassin in a man sized jar of honey stored in the Prince's harem. This is how Steed convinces Mrs. Peel to strut her stuff as a new candidate for latest wife, joining 320 predecessors who apparently accompanied their husband to England! She performs the Dance of the Seven Veils (actually six, which Steed puts down to her being "poorly educated!"), with all the men ogling her throughout. Scantily costumed for the remainder of the episode, she ends up engaging the disarmed gunman in a swordfight, while Steed hardly raises a sweat dealing with Arkadi. An Aladdin's lamp references Barbara Eden in the then current I DREAM OF JEANNIE, who wasn't allowed to show as much as Diana Rigg does, but viewers in the US were denied the pleasure at the time. Other series veterans included Bruno Barnabe ("The White Elephant," "You'll Catch Your Death"), Ken Parry ("Death A La Carte"), Jon Laurimore ("The 50,000 Breakfast"), and Reg Pritchard ("The Winged Avenger"). Closing out the season in March 1966, production resumed six months later in color, but there first was a 3 minute promo for the upcoming season titled "The Strange Case of the Missing Corpse," seen only in America, shot on the same set that concluded "Honey for the Prince," and featuring pretty Valerie Van Ost, later seen in "Dead Man's Treasure," as the still living corpse, with a wink for Steed.
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