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This is one of two episodes which feature Susan Hampshire as guest star, the other episode being You're Not In Any Trouble, Are You? The episodes are not connected, however they do share similarities, including both characters Ms. Hampshire portrays have golliwog dolls, and the tune, Mio Amore Sta Lontano - an Italian haunting vocal version of The Zombie's hit, She's Not There, is used through each episode as a leit motif. See more »
Without giving anything away, there is a doll in this episode. It's used as a plot device.
Of what significance is that? None really, except perhaps for Danger Man / Secret Agent trivia buffs. You see, there was also a doll employed as a plot device in 'Sting in the Tail'. That's the episode where John Drake uses an assassin's girlfriend to lure the killer to Paris in order to arrest him. The connection is that both episodes were written by Philip Broadley.
Interestingly, Philip wrote another episode, 'You're Not in Any Trouble Are you?', which starred the same gal as in this episode (Susan Hampshire). And guess what? There was a doll in that episode as well.
In each case it is a different doll. What does it all mean? Not much probably, except that the writer found that dolls and femme fatales go well together. :>
In any case this is a pretty good episode. A fine example of John Drake doing what he does so well.. turning the tables on his opponents. Which brings about a very satisfying ending to this installment.
By the way, if you like romance there is a delicious dance played out between Drake and Susan Hampshire's character; Lesley Arden, when John and Lesley dine at her apartment. It's the kind of dream date that we all dream about. At least up to the point where Lesley tries to kill Drake. But that is giving something away and I promised not to. But hey... it's Secret Agent! ;>
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