Smiley springs his trap and catches the spy. He later interrogates the spy and learns about how and why it happened, and the answers he gets robs him of any sense of victory.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Bate ...
George Sewell ...
Terence Rigby ...
Michael Aldridge ...
Bernard Hepton ...
George Pravda ...
Alec Sabin ...
Duncan Jones ...
Daniel Beecher ...


Now Smiley has set his trap, Peter Guillam sets up the safe house to record the evidence when the mole finally incriminates himself. After his arrest, Smiley proudly plays the tape to the rest of the Centre and allows them to organize the moles future. The next day, after softening up by the inquisitors Smiley visits the mole and hears the whole story. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Thriller





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22 October 1979 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Lacon, Smiley and the other senior officers are having a meeting. They're seated around a table, Smiley immediately to Lacon's left. As Lacon speaks, he leans forward in his chair and puts his clasped hands on the table. In the next two shots of Smiley, Lacon's clasped hands can be seen in the lower left corner of the shot. Then Lacon leans back in the chair and takes his hands off the table, yet in the very next shot, Smiley is shown preparing to light a cigarette, and Lacon's clasped hands are still on the table in the lower left corner of the shot. See more »


[first lines]
[Smiley and Guillam prepare the safe house]
George Smiley: Toby Esterhase did say, two full milk bottles and all's well.
Peter Guillam: Right. That's the second time you asked.
George Smiley: Well, let's not pretend we're not nervous.
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