Had the Prisoner managed to get away before they came for him, the pair of Undertakers with their hearse and coffin, to disappear somewhere in the world. I wonder if his fiancée Janet Portland would have been brought to the village, in the same way No.73 was, so as to help find her husband?........ Makes you think doesn't it. That the village administration is not as infallible as we are given to think. Seeing as how one man can evade capture so much that his wife has to be brought to the village, and even then all she could tell them was that her husband was "He's still over there" "Where?" "Oh somewhere there. He had some work to finish." This poses the question, just how long would Janet have held out? Mind you having just written that, how could Janet tell them something which she doesn't know. After all I get the impression that her fiancé was doing a runner without the intention of taking her with him. Without even saying goodbye to her!
Free For All
All had gone according to plan, right down to the beating Number 2 took at the fists of the two mechanics. And "they" knew that Number 6 should receive such a beating because there was an ambulance with a Red Cross trailer in tow parked near the steps of the Green Dome when they took the newly elected new Number 2 to his new residence of the Green Dome. And seeing as how an ambulance was standing by, it follows that a pair of medical orderlies were already on hand to stretcher Number 6 from the Green Dome, down the steps, across the street, across the square to his own residence of 6 private, as we witnessed.
If the Prisoner had not escaped the Village after he'd found it to be deserted that time in ‘Many Happy Returns’, but had stayed...... I wonder how long "they" would have waited before restoring the village back to life?
Many Happy Returns
There is a scene which the original script called for, but which was never used. This is when the Prisoner tries to escape the deserted Village by helicopter. He climbs into the cabin and discovers that the key is still in the ignition. He turns the ignition key and finds that the fuel gauge registers full. Pressing the starter button the rotor blades start to rotate sluggishly. they stop. The Prisoner tries again, but the blades move only a few inches before the battery gives out.
Seeing the taxi the Prisoner gets out of the helicopter and attaches two wires to the two terminals of the helicopters battery, and the other ends to the battery of the taxi. He starts the taxis engine, and places a rock upon the accelerator pedal revving the engine. Then climbing back into the Alouettes cabin, he switches on the ignition and pushes the starter button. The rotor blades now rotate quite fast. The engine coughs. The Prisoner tries again. It almost starts. He pushes the starter once again. The battery starts to die, suddenly the engine fires. The Prisoner is wet with perspiration. He revs the engine a couple of times, then climbs out of the cabin. The Prisoner rips the wires from the battery. As this happens the helicopters engine begins to falter. Quickly the Prisoner leans into the cabin and revs the engine like crazy. Still with his hand on the throttle he climbs back into the cabin of the helicopter. The rotor blades are now coming up to speed everything is fine. The Alouette helicopter begins to lift off the ground. A foot or so off the ground the engine suddenly cuts. The rubber floats hit the ground with a bump. The Prisoner pushes the starter almost frantically. The rotor blades make a half turn only. The Prisoner's eyes go down to the instrument panel, they stop on the petrol gauge, it still registers full. The Prisoner taps the gauge with a knuckle of a finger. The needle sinks slowly back to empty.
I'll be seeing you
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