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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Crazy Credits

During the final scene, names of the actors playing key roles in the episode are shown on screen. Over Patrick McGoohan, however, all that is shown is the word "Prisoner". Although McGoohan receives screen credit for writing, directing and producing the episode, he does not receive an on-screen acting credit for this episode. See more »


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23 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the previous mind-bending episode, the conclusion of the series isn't quite as stellar, but it is still quite striking. If, indeed, we are watching a man who has come to a sense of great inner pain and has lapsed into being a prisoner, we then see this as a kind of psychedelic journey (which would have been cutting edge in the sixties). Number Six is brought to see Number One, or so he thinks, and finds himself at a kind of tribunal with a panel of half black faced jurors. There is also a person in the robes and wig of the British judiciary who holds court over everyone. As Number Six sort of double talks as the tribunal goes on, he is reintroduced to his time in the village. They bring up the time he said he would escape and come back and obliterate the whole place. There is so much that is symbolic in all of this, but, ultimately I believe that the "I" or the Number One is a shadow with multiple layers that is not unlike the subconscious mind. I have not figured out the guy who played "The Kid" in the Western episode. He sings the song "Dry Bones" over and over, I suppose to bring us back to a kind of reality where things leave what is in the mind to corporeal being. He ends up hitch-hiking on the highway, but with little success. This may take a few more viewings. What an amazing series. I first saw it when it ran for the first time, nearly fifty years ago. I wish it could be viewed again with fresh eyes in the current political and social climate.

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