The Avengers: Season 4, Episode 22

What the Butler Saw (28 Jul. 1966)

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Steed enrolls in a prestigious Butler school to investigate a leak in Government secrets. Emma attempts to seduce one of the three main suspects, an RAF playboy known to the ladies as Georgie-Porgie.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Thorley Walters ...
Hubert Hemming
Denis Quilley ...
Group Capt. 'Georgie' Miles (as Dennis Quilley)
Kynaston Reeves ...
Major General Ponsonby-Goddard
Howard Marion-Crawford ...
Brigadier 'Percy' Ponsonby-Goddard (as Howard Marion Crawford)
Humphrey Lestocq ...
Vice Admiral Willows
Ewan Hooper ...
Sergeant Moran
Leon Sinden ...
Squadron Leader Hogg
David Swift ...
Norman Scace ...
Peter Hughes ...


Steed enrolls in a prestigious Butler school to investigate a leak in Government secrets. Emma attempts to seduce one of the three main suspects, an RAF playboy known to the ladies as Georgie-Porgie.

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Emma Peel turns up 13 minutes into the story. See more »


Group Captain 'George' Miles: I say, do you mean that? Why, You really won't mind if I don't try to seduce you?
Emma Peel: Don't give it a second thought.
Group Captain 'George' Miles: Oh, I'd love a cup of tea. It's this terrible reputation of mine, you see, I don't know how it started, but now I'm stuck with it, the full Casanova bit. It sometimes can be very tiring.
Emma Peel: Hmm, must be.
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Brighter and Better Butling.
12 November 2008 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

Neat little episode in which Steed infiltrates a gang of butlers who serve in the households of high-ranking military officers, learn their weaknesses, and use those weaknesses as instruments to learn military intelligence to be passed on to "the other side." Mrs. Peel helps by insinuating herself into the desires of a womanizing RAF officer.

Most amusing scene is when Steed attends a kind of basic training course for butlers. He must learn the correct way to maintain a dignified presence while acting in a properly subservient manner. They practice their lines, for instance. "Your carriage is waiting, sir." "Did you ring, sir?" "Shall I serve the aperitifs now, sir?" "A lady to see you sir. (Q: "What does she look like?") She's, ahem, young -- and rather pretty, sir." Ironing trousers by the numbers, and all that.

Most awkward scene: The RAF officer brusquely tries to seduce Mrs. Peel who must put him off by gracefully ducking away and finally throwing him over her shoulder.

The familiar face of John Le Mesurier appears. If you don't know the name you'll recognize the actor. Other performers of note show up in one or another episode -- Gordon Jackson, Andre Morrell. They all seem to be having a good deal of fun.

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