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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick Magee ...
J. P. Spagge
Edric Connor ...
Abe Benham
Norman Chappell ...
Margo Cunningham ...
Fredric Abbott ...
Alan Haywood ...
Martin Friend ...
Terence Soall ...
Geoff L'Cise ...
Douglas Cummings ...
Neil Wilson ...


J. P. Spagge is an international criminal mastermind and The Avengers have a plan to trap him. They pose as thieves out to steal three million pounds worth of gold from a holding vault, though the heist goes wrong when Mrs. Gale is caught. In the event,this turns out to be merely a trick on the part of Spagge, to determine whether or not the 'robbers' are genuine. The real robbery is yet to come. Written by don @ minifie-1

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13 March 1991 (USA)  »

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John Steed: How much the bars weigh?
Catherine Gale: Oh Steed, no ones ever going to ask me that!
John Steed: You know what they'll ask?
Catherine Gale: Four hundred troy ounces, and they measure six and three a quarter inches by three and a half by one and three quarter inches.
John Steed: Value?
Catherine Gale: 5000 pounds. And at Fort Knox there are eight hundred thousand of them weighing eight thousand eight hundred tons. Satisfied?
John Steed: Yes.
Catherine Gale: You're becoming a proper slave driver!
John Steed: I got my whip upon on the kitchen table!
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Honor Blackmon Gets to Act!
8 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Cathy Gale goes undercover to lead an elite group of criminals on a heist of one of the richest gold reserves in the world. Nothing is as easy, however, as these top crooks have their own effective methods of sweating out spies and double-crossers – very, deadly methods.

The Gilded Cage is an Honor Blackman dominated episode. We don't see Dr. Gale, the scientist, or Mrs. Gale the patriot adventurer, however. In this episode, we see more of Cathy Gale, the human being.

Three scenes are of note. In one scene, Gale is falsely accused of murder, and it looks like a perfect set-up. As Cathy barely holds it together, you could feel her panic. In a scene following this, Mrs. Gale, still having trouble keeping her wits, is being questioned. She might reveal something that could get her shanked in jail. Maybe it's her survival instincts that kick in to save her. And the final scene is when Cathy is pleading for her life.

This episode really showed the dangers of the work John Steed's agency specializes in. Dr. Gale might have survived the Mau Mau in Kenya, but these guys are more trained in ruthlessness. The Gilded Cage, Man in the Mirror, and A Chorus of Frogs adds fuel to One-Ten's disdain of Steed's use of amateurs in his work.

Realism dominates the Cathy Gale era. And the producers seem to keep going back to the well to shake up the formula. I think it works. Tension seems to be what the creative staff is after, and what better way to do it than through acting.

It was a great bit of acting for Blackman, btw. I would not be surprised if this episode is her favorite. It's definitely her best acted. She is neither over-the-top, nor out of place in her emoting. How Gale is able to recover from the trials she must endure adds more to the Dr. Gale mystique than subtracts from it.

Only some story logic lapses trips up this tale. They try to resolve it at the end, but it does seem weak compared to what they put in the beginning efforts.

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