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The Ersatz Elevator: Part One 

Violet, Klaus and Sunny get new guardians in a fashionable building, where stairs are in -- and the elevator's out. Jacques Snicket trains a recruit.


Bo Welch


Daniel Handler (based on the books by) (as Lemony Snicket), Daniel Handler (teleplay by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Count Olaf
Patrick Warburton ... Lemony Snicket
Malina Weissman ... Violet Baudelaire
Louis Hynes ... Klaus Baudelaire
K. Todd Freeman ... Arthur Poe
Presley Smith ... Sunny Baudelaire
Lucy Punch ... Esmé Squalor
Avi Lake ... Isadora Quagmire
Dylan Kingwell ... Duncan Quagmire
Sara Rue ... Olivia Caliban
Nathan Fillion ... Jacques Snicket
Tony Hale ... Jerome Squalor
Patrick Breen ... Larry Your-Waiter
Usman Ally ... Hook-Handed Man
Matty Cardarople ... Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender


The Baudelaires are taken in by Esme and Jerome Squalor of 667 Dark Avenue. Esme is obsessed with what's "in", and Jerome does not like conflict. Count Olaf once again catches up to them and poses as Esmes consultant, Gunther. The Baudelaires try their absolute hardest to find their friends, The Quagmires, back and save them from Count Olafs clutches. Written by Fran Waite

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Release Date:

30 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ersatz Elevator: Part One See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jerome Squalor is named after author Jerome David Salinger, which is clear, since Esmé is a very clear reference to J. D. Salinger. The initials J. S. are also notable, since they appear throughout the books as clues for finding Jacques Snicket. J. S. standing for Jerome Squalor is a red herring. See more »


When Esmé is giving a tour of the house, she shows "... Spain's largest handkerchief...", which is basically a huge Spanish flag. Although not concrete located in time the style of wardrobe and cars in the series is 50s-sh. In that period, the Spanish flag was different (with a black eagle in the middle) corresponding to the Francisco Franco's dictatorship regime. Whereas, the one depicted in this episode corresponds to the national flag of Spain with its present-day coat of arms (officially established on 19 December 1981 short after the democracy was restored). Although historically inaccurate, it is proof of good taste from the producers not having used a flag with so sinister connotations (at least for Spanish audiences). See more »


[first lines]
Lemony Snicket: The episode you are about to watch - assuming your eyes are open and tilted towards me - is one of the few stories which can teach you the difference between the word "nervous" and the word "anxious." The word "nervous" simply means "worried about something." The way you might feel if you were served prune ice cream, because you'd be worried it would taste awful.
Ice Cream Customer: [standing in line] I'm nervous.
Lemony Snicket: The word "anxious," on the other hand, means "troubled by disturbing suspense."The way ...
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