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Saturday, 10 October 2015

Ring Out The Old!

      It's a ridiculous telephone when you look at it. However it is the hotline to Number 1, and vice versa to those who are second only to 1.
    At the beginning of the episode ‘A B and C,’ Number 2, pictured here, has a nervous look on his face as the telephone begins to bleep.
   "Number 2 here. Yes Sir, I am doing my best. He's very difficult. I know it's important.......... He's no ordinary person Sir, but if I had a free hand........ I know Sir yes I'm not indispensable."
   Later, after Number 6 had paid Number 2 a visit, he is again put under pressure by Number 1 via the hotline. "Yes Sir, within two days. You have my word....... Yes Sir, I realise my future is at stake. Two days, I guarantee."
   Yet despite his word and guarantee, it all goes pear shaped for Number 2, and it is as the oversized red telephone begins to bleep in the laboratory, he knows what is coming. In fact Number 2 had half expected the telephone to start bleeping after the failure with 'B', but now with the complete failure to discover the reason behind Number 6's resignation, Number 2's fate is sealed.
    In ‘Hammer into Anvil’ Number 2 is another to have access to this ridiculous red telephone. When Number 2 receives a telephone call from Number 1 asking if everything is alright Number 2 replies “Yes sir, everything’s under control……. No sir, no problems……. Assistance? No, no sir I can manage. Yes sir of course….be seeing you.” What was it that brought about that telephone call? Had Number 1 seen Number 2 threaten Number 6 with the tip of the sword, or perhaps it was his striking Number 6 across the face which brought about that telephone call from Number 1.
    In the end both these Number 2’s have something else in common than their having to use this ridiculous telephone. They both get the sack by it, even though one of them reports himself as a breakdown in control!
   Actually, this telephone thing sitting on No.2's desk must have been a constant reminder of Number 1's ever presence, being just a phone call away. I mean no-one is free of observation. Take Number 2 of ‘A B and C’ for example. There he was, having learned of his failure to Number 6's success, almost instantly the oversized red telephone began to bleep. So Number 1 must surely have been watching to have learned of Number 2's failure so quickly.  

Be seeing you

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