The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 16

Fall Out (4 Feb. 1968)

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After witnessing the trials of Number 2 and Number 48 and meeting the President of the Assembly, Number 6 escapes during the chaos that follows.


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At a tribunal where Number 1 appears initially to be a mechanical eye the Prisoner is informed by the president that he has won the right to be an individual,rather than a number.He will be allowed to leave and is given money for his journey. However he is not allowed to speak. A shadowy figure who resembles the Prisoner would seem to be the actual Number One and Number Six dispenses him - and the assembly - in a rocket.As he leaves he frees Number Two,who has been put on trial,along with Number Two's butler,who has served him throughout and a young man known as Number Forty-Eight. Having dropped off Number Two at the Houses of Parliament the Prisoner returns o his own home,which has Number one on its door. Written by don @ minifie-1

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SPOLIER: The Bentley seen driving next to the truck as they escape was Patrick McGoohan's own vehicle. See more »


Number Six walks past the same jukebox twice. It is easily identifiable by the Lesley Gore record in it. See more »


[first lines]
Supervisor: We thought you would feel happier as yourself.
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This is one of two episodes that do not include the standard opening sequence. Instead, the opening consists of scenes from the preceding episode. The other episode is "Living in Harmony". See more »


Referenced in Killing Zoe (1993) See more »


Written by R. Roger
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9 June 2015 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Number six(Patrick McGoohan) has survived degree absolute, and is now brought behind the scenes of power to meet number one, but first must witness the trials of a resurrected number two(Leo McKern) and a number 48(Alexis Kanner) overseen by the president(played by Kenneth Griffith) who lays out their crimes, though both men are defiant, and the president promises allegiance to six, who is satisfied by his victory, but wary of the tribunal and president, but accepts the invitation to confront the elusive number one, so that all will be revealed, but identity and power are not so easy to accept or fully explain, leading to an astonishing unmasking, violent escape, and bizarre happenings leading back to the beginning...

Legendary final episode is a shocking, surprising, audacious, courageous, infuriating and overall brilliant (and yes), satisfying conclusion, though much misunderstood by some not used to the bold and original approach taken by star, writer, and director Patrick McGoohan, who didn't end the series in a familiar "James Bond" style villain and approach, but instead created an inspired masterwork that challenges the expectations and provokes the intelligence of the audience to not be a passive viewer, but actually think about what they are seeing. Describing the on-screen doings is not enough; this demands to be seen as the most unpredictable, innovative episode of television ever aired, though of course some don't understand it, so instinctively dismiss it, yet to do so is an injustice.

Intensely fascinating and ultimately liberating, both incredibly serious yet defiantly inexplicable and comedic("All You Need Is Love" is most ironically used here.) Nothing like it has ever aired again, and it will never be forgotten, even if appreciation of it varies throughout the years. A breathtaking achievement that deeply moved and surprised me like nothing else ever broadcast. It is a sublime masterpiece, and I love it to pieces!

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