The Avengers (1961–1969)
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Super Secret Cypher Snatch 

Secrets are leaking out of Cipher HQ like a sieve, but all of the employees insist that everything has been "perfectly normal." However, The Avengers find a link between the stolen information and a window cleaning service.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Oates ...
Donald Gee ...
John Carlisle ...
Alec Ross ...
1st Guard
Lionel Wheeler ...
2nd Guard
Anne Rutter ...
Clifford Earl ...


Several operatives from MI12 have gone missing, the latest being Roger Jarret. When the avengers arrive at his flat they find his corpse but are observed by window cleaner Maskin, who works for the Classy Glass window cleaning agency. The avengers visit the company's offices to be told that they had given up the contract to clean MI12's windows some time ago. However they soon discover that somebody is using the privileged position of being able to spy on spies undetected and expose the leader of the gang. Written by don @ minifie-1

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30 September 1968 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This is the only episode in which Rhonda speaks. She has the one line "What?", spoken simultaneously with Steed and Tara. See more »


Charles Lather: There are no short cuts to the top of our ladder. Here, we really care about windows.
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Does Rhonda Really Speak?
16 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

This episode is certainly one of the better ones from the Tara King era. Without giving away the interesting plot, the techniques used by the "bad guys" are a little more "James Bond" in nature than grounded in reality. However, the sharp dialogue, good action sequences and great use of on location sites particularly the open field where Steed, Tara, Mother & his "helpmate" Rhonda meet in their own cars is both beautifully shot and incongruous at the same time making it perfect for an "Avengers" episode.

Rhonda, played by Rhonda Parker who neither spoke nor received any screen credit in her 18 episodes of "The Avengers" is certainly part of the tradition of silent, mysterious sidekicks distinguished by her 6' frame which towers even over Patrick MacNee (Rhonda often wore heels to accentuate her height). In the sole entry for "Trivia" for this episode it states that Rhonda does speak in unison with Tara & Steed the word "What?" However, after reviewing the video a few times it certainly appears that she does not speak. While her head does turn in reaction, we only hear two voices (Tara & Steed) speaking.

Therefore, Rhonda is still silent (IMHO) though in the episode "False Witness" she does whistle and in the dreadful "Homicide & Old Lace" she laughs silently as well...

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