Bierce is a British diplomat in France. He shoots a man, to whom he owes money, and hides the body. He then suddenly disappears. Drake is sent to try and find out what has happened to him. He suddenly reappears the next day unaware of what day it is - he has lost a day. As Drake investigates, he finds that Bierce has another life, with false names, women, gambling and other apartments. Written by
When Drake stops by at Bierce's girlfriend, Penny's apartment, she comments on how good his English is, to which Drake replies 'it's perfect - my mother was Irish.' In fact, Patrick McGoohan's mother and father were both Irish. See more »
When Bierce shows up after being missing, Frances shows him the date as February 11. Two days later Drake is in Bonn and tells Penny that it is the 31st of the month. See more »
They Look Like They're Waiting For Someone To Drop Dead So They Can Eat
The title of this review is a line uttered by John Drake during this episode. McGoohan's razor voice and cynical pitch makes you chuckle at the statement. I think some form of this line may have made a better episode title than 'The Mirror's New'. A weak title for a strong episode.
We're here today to talk about a new spy gadget Drake has conjured up, but first I would like to direct your attention to an example of why people say the acting in this series is so good. Watch the conversations taking place between Drake and Sir Jeremy, played by David Hutcheson (I think he's supposed to be an ambassador). Notice how real their conversations seem. Each actor nails the cadence, body language, and nuance of a real life conversation. McGoohan and Hutcheson are perfectly natural and truly appear to be thinking about what they're going to say next.
Now on to the latest spy gadget, which according to my calculations is the 11th bonafide spying device witnessed so far spanning the 1/2 and 1 hour series. Why, it's a car spotlight that doubles as a camera. With a zoom lens no less! And a view screen stored in the glove box. How clever. What will they think of next? Guess you'll just have to keep watching! ;>
But wait! There's more. It's not enough to be able to SEE your prey, you have to HEAR what he's saying too. So what appears shortly after the spotlight camera is a wireless bug that looks a lot like the bug with the suction cup in the recent episode "Have a Glass of Wine". In fact, although the bug in this show just needs to be stored in a cigarette wrapper and dropped next to a telephone booth, it's still sporting the suction cup. Oh well.
By the way, right after the suction cup bug is used, the suspect enters an apartment complex. Whatever set / building they used as the interior hall way of the building ... the one with two elevators at the end... they use that set a LOT. Pops up all over the place.
Finally, although there are some repeat guest stars in this episode, of special note is a one-time appearance by the striking actress Nicola Pagett as the goofy but ostensibly goodhearted gold digger Nicola (yes, she used her real name). I know Nicola best from the epic series 'Upstairs, Downstairs'. Her appearance on Secret Agent, six years before Up/Down is one of the first times we see her on the screen. She gets off a great line as well; "I don't care what men do... only what reaction they have on me- only that matters". Her performance is wonderful and you can see she is bound for bigger things.
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