No.6 still refuses to join the village life and exercises in the woods, on his own. Two guardians appear and pick a fight which No.6 wins. The men say he will have to face the "committee" for his refusal to conform. Summoned to the council chamber, he witnesses various "confessions" of Villagers charged with alleged anti-social behaviour. No. 6 is himself charged with anti-social behaviour but walks out, not taking it seriously. From this moment he is treated with contempt by everyone and the "Tally Ho" newspaper announces that the hearings against him will continue. Back in his house, he meets No.2 who strongly encourages him to socialise to avoid further troubles. No.86 arrives too and gives him the same warning, leading him to a group therapy meeting. There, earnest villagers are helping No.42's "rehabilitation". No.6 speaks in her her defence but is immediately attacked by the group. No.42 herself accuses him of undermining her rehabilitation and the entire group calls him "rebel", "reactionary" and "disharmonious".
Back into the "council chamber", No. 6 is declared "unmutual" and told he will be subjected to "instant social conversion". No. 6 is unsure what this actually means, but he is gradually rejected by the rest of the Village, his telephone is disconnected and no-one will speak to him in public. The "Appeals sub committee" comes to give him a last chance but gives up as he continues to treat them with sarcasm. As he leaves his cottage, he is attacked by a hostile crowd and dragged to the hospital for his "conversion". This is a pre-frontal lobotomy performed by No. 48, a woman doctor, and the operation is shown on the village closed circuit television. Afterwards, he appears to be a changed man, tranquil and non-agressive, which the villagers applaud as his "social conversion".
No.48 "takes care" of him and gives him a drugged cup of tea which he manages not to drink. No.2 also comes to see him and tries to introduce the matter of his resignation but No.6, already reverting to type, does not reveal anything.
No.48 again tries to give him a cup of drugged tea but he manages to swap cups. She drinks the drugged tea and then starts to reveal her secrets. She explains that his operation was faked and that the illusion was maintained by the use of drugs. No.6, now completely in control of himself, gives her a post-hypnotic order which we don't hear, except that she is to act at exactly 4 o'clock.
Visiting No. 2 in the Green Dome, No. 6 pretends to be still under the influence of the drugs and agrees to divulge why he resigned. Even more, he wants to do it in public, in front of the whole Village. No. 2 is delighted with this result and they stand on the balcony in the Village square just before 4 o'clock. No. 6 begins his "confession", padding it out a bit and pausing just as the village clock strikes four. No.48 then appears from the middle of the crowd and begins to shout "No.2 is unmutual!" No. 6 also adds his condemnation and the villagers, true to their conditioning, turn on their erstwhile leader and chase him all the way back to the Green Dome. Presumably we now have yet another discredited No. 2 to add to No. 6's list!
Roger Parkes (Writer)
Joseph Serf (Director)|
John Sharpe (Number Two)|
Angela Brown (Number 86)
George Pravda (Doctor)
Kathleen Breck (Number 42)
Peter Swanwick (Supervisor)
Thomas Heathcote (Lobo Man)
Bartlett Mullins (Chairman)|
Michael Miller (Number 93)
Joseph Cuby (Group Member)
June Ellis (Number 48)
John Hamblin (Woodland Man)
Michael Billington (2nd Man)
This episode demonstrates the most blatant use of fake Village mock-ups so far, with very cheap-looking "exteriors" and very obvious painted backdrops. Strangely enough, the artificial environment actually helps create a nightmarish sense of un-reality which makes the whole thing work extremely well! The episode was directed by Patrick McGoohan, under yet another pseudonym, after the original director was fired after only one day. Lots of parody and in-jokes pepper the proceedings, Angela Browne's straight-faced sendup of the "Tomorrows World" presenter during the faked lobotomy sequence is hilarious.
Making it's third appearance is the Therapy Zone. This is the long corridor filled with masked and robed patients seated on the floor which Number Six sees when he looks through a mauve window in the hospital. As ever, it's neither explained nor commented on. Michael Billington as the "Second Woodland Man" got his first big break from his appearance in this episode and went on to star with Ed Bishop in Gerry Anderson's "U.F.O" series. The final shot of Number Two running for his life up the Green Dome steps is moderately amusing in that he appears to have lost half his bodyweight since leaving the square moments before! This is the only shot filmed at Portmeirion specially for this episode and I can only speculate that PMG, wanting an authentic Portmeirion shot to complete the episode, commissioned it via the second unit who filmed it with whatever local extras they could find. One would have thought that, even if no plumpish actors were available, they would have resorted to a bit of padding to match John Sharpe's girth!