In investigating the death of a colleague who has died in a fire Steed and Mrs. Gale find an ornately-carved chess piece in the dead man's possession. This leads them to an importation ... See full summary »



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Leslie Sands ...
Captain Slim
Gary Watson ...
Norman Scace ...
Dr. Stannage
Quentin Slim
Valentino Musetti ...
Jackson (as Valentino Mussetti)


In investigating the death of a colleague who has died in a fire Steed and Mrs. Gale find an ornately-carved chess piece in the dead man's possession. This leads them to an importation business. On the face of it the commodity is lobsters but it is the front for a gang trying to smuggle heroin into the country. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Dr. Stannage: Stubborn, you know in this part of the world, can't abide interference. Think they know everything. Same trouble with medicine these days, patients think they know more than their doctors. That's why I turned to pathology!
John Steed: Corpses can't argue.
Dr. Stannage: Ha ha. He was shot.
John Steed: Who?
Dr. Stannage: Your ministry friend. 38, I guess. Entered the body just below the right side of the rib cage, punctured the right lung, left the body between the 7th and 8th ribs. That's what I'm looking for.
John Steed: The ribs?
Dr. Stannage: No no, the bullet.
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Goodbye Cathy Gale
12 February 2011 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Lobster Quadrille" was the final episode for Honor Blackman, who decided that Mrs. Catherine Gale should go out while still on top. Plotwise, it's a curious throwback to the more realistic early crime stories, as it deals with heroin smuggling through the fishing industry, with the two stars rather subdued for much of the episode (especially the naturally exuberant Patrick Macnee). Corin Redgrave, son of Michael and brother of Vanessa and Lynn, plays the main villain, Quentin Slim, who had faked his own death one year before to avoid being arrested for his illicit smuggling activities, and has been using his father's company as a front ever since. Jennie Linden, who worked for both Hammer (1963's "Nightmare") and Amicus (1965's "Dr. Who and the Daleks"), plays the not-so-grieving widow, all too aware that he's not dead, being wined and dined by Steed while Cathy Gale follows a clue leading to a chess shop run by Mason (Burt Kwouk, "Kill the King," "The Cybernauts"), who eventually takes her captive. The final showdown in a burning shack leaves the audience wondering who died, as an anxious John Steed awaits the ambulance at the morgue. The final sequence between Steed and Mrs. Gale was supposedly ad-libbed by the two stars, with Steed mentioning how Cathy would be "pussy-footing along those sun soaked shores" in the Bahamas (Honor Blackman immediately went on to play Pussy Galore in "Goldfinger," which also featured Burt Kwouk). He presents her with a one piece bathing suit as a gift for her upcoming holiday, is promptly surprised at her emphatic goodbye, then immediately phones an unnamed female to do a little job for him (end credits). Norman Scace would return for "What the Butler Saw," and Gary Watson, veteran of "Death on the Slipway" and "Immortal Clay," would return for "Wish You Were Here." Making his last of five appearances (all as nameless bodyguards) is Valentino Musetti, veteran of "The Decapod," "Death a la Carte," "The Secrets Broker," and "The Outside-In Man." This would also be the last of the live videotaped shows, completed in March 1964, enabling the series to reinvent itself on film with a new female partner for Steed when the fourth season began broadcasting in September 1965, this time for a worldwide audience of 120 countries, a record that stands to this day. Once Diana Rigg came aboard as Mrs. Emma Peel, American audiences were introduced to THE AVENGERS in March 1966, when ABC kept the series going for the rest of its original run. Honor Blackman did indeed go out on a high note, not wanting to exhaust the character through repetition, and remains the most beloved Bond Girl of them all. 43 episodes in total, and it was fun while it lasted, never once getting stale. Bring on Mrs. Peel...

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