Number Six comes across a body that has washed ashore with a radio. After sending the body back out to sea, he tries to use the radio to get rescued. A former colleague finds him, but the man is resigned to his own destruction. Later, Number Six calls his ex-colleague to be his character witness during a mock trial conducted by the villagers, who are in the middle of a carnival and wearing various costumes. The man comes out in a jester's outfit; but Number Two, dressed as Peter Pan, will have the last evil laugh. Written by
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Episode #3 in the ordering of "Six of One, The Prisoner Appreciation Society", that is immediately after 'Arrival' and 'Free for All.' The Sci Fi Channel marathon uses the Six of One order but places 'Dance of the Dead' before 'Free for All', making it episode #2. The choice may be motivated by the facts that Number 6 states "I'm new here" and that 'Free for All' is much closer to the allegory than to the spy premise to be placed immediately after the undisputed episode #1, 'Arrival.' See more
The distance between #6 and the surf when he is running along the beach changes dramatically in between some shots. In wide, slightly-overhead shots he is clearly running on wet sand, but in closeups and mediums shots he is running with very dry sand visible between himself and the waterline. See more
A proclamation: All citizens take notice that carnival is decreed for tonight. Turn back the clock. There will be music, dancing, happiness, all at the carnival, by order.
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