Then there's Number 9, who it appears was assigned to Cobb, Number 9 claimed that she was going to escape with Cobb, using the Electro Pass which she gained by knowing the last helicopter pilot. Well that's what she told Number 6. But what of Cobb, what caused his hospitalisation? Ah but I was forgetting, they came for him before he was expecting them, thus stopping any escape attempt dead in it's tracks! Or did it? I mean who was playing who? Number 9 obviously thought she was going to escape the Village with Cobb, as she had the Electro Pass. But was Cobb going to try and escape with Number 9? There he was, lying in a hospital bed, seemingly confused, seemingly to have undergone a series of interrogations. And yet, suddenly his suicide, and subsequent death had been faked. Futhermore, by the end of the episode there's Cobb in the Control Room with Number 2, compus mentus, washed, shaved and dressed ready for the city, ready to serve his new masters. Such a sudden turn around in Cobb's fortune, from Prisoner to.......to what, an agent of the Village? If Cobb could be turned in so short a time, it begs the question why did the Village administration fail with Number 6?! Perhaps the techniques used against Number 6 were not the same as those used on Cobb. But whatever the techniques, Cobb seemed to be leaving the Village undamaged, sound, and possibly the same man he was on the day of his arrival in the Village. Or perhaps it was the case that Cobb did not resist in the same manner as Number 6.
I've often thought that Cobb's appearence in 'the Prisoner' is somewhat contrived, that it might have been more fitting if the Priosner had met with Chambers late of the Foreign Office, as menioned during the de-briefing session of the Prisoner on the morning of his arrival in the Village.
I'll be seeing you