The Prisoner: Season 1, Episode 4

The Schizoid Man (29 Oct. 1967)

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Number Six wakes up with a new identity. Now he's Number Twelve. Worse, Number Two asks him to impersonate someone--Number Six. But the new Number Six is more like him than he is.



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Episode cast overview:
Alison / Number Twenty-Four
Anton Rodgers ...
Angelo Muscat ...
Gay Cameron ...
David Nettheim ...
Pat Keen ...
Gerry Crampton ...
1st Guardian
Dinny Powell ...
2nd Guardian (as Dinney Powell)


Having helped Number Twenty-Four in a telepathy experiment The Prisoner bruises his thumb. A new Number Two has him taken to hospital and when he wakes up he has undergone a physical transformation. He is told that he is actually Number Twelve and it is task to find out why Number Six resigned. When he returns to his cottage he is confronted by a double for Number six,who engages him in various tests. However, the realization that he bruised his thumb makes him recall his true identity and resist Number Two's scheme. Written by don @ minifie-1

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29 October 1967 (UK)  »

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The large white balloon who acts as the Village guard is named Rover only in this episode. See more »


The climax involves an escape attempt via helicopter. The craft acquired for this episode was a different type from those used in the main location shoot at Portmeirion. Unfortunately, a stock shot of one of those was inserted in the sequence, its clear-bubble cabin and pontooned landing gear contrasting with the paneled cabin and naked struts of its fellow in the surrounding footage. See more »


Number Two: What were you doing in the recreation room?
Number Twelve: Teaching that synthetic twin of mine how to shoot and fence.
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Referenced in Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Schizoid Man (1989) See more »

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

Number Six meets Number 12 when the powers that be continue to harass and dehumanize him. At least they try. Of course, when a new Number Six is created the match is on. There are scenes where the to parry and thrust, literally. Where they try to out shoot one another. Where who's who becomes the central issue. If you're on your toes you can figure out early on what is going to happen. There are, after all, several episodes still to come. What makes this a fine episode is that it pulls us into its web and challenges us to look at it like one of those puzzles where they ask one to find six differences between picture one and picture two. McGoohan does a masterful job of playing both parts where there is a delicate subtlety for each man.

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