TWO OF THIS STORY...
in which John Steed and Emma Peel attempt to play at bulls and bears
and there is more trouble caused by someone's ability to
DIAL A DEADLY NUMBER."
Boardman's suggestion, Steed meets with the broker, Yuill, a fishing
enthusiast whose office is awash with angling paraphernalia, stuffed fish
lining the walls. Steed questions Yuill about "put options" and
learns that this is a type of share dealing where the shareholder
calculates when shares are about to fall in price, sells them, but retains
an option to buy them back at the new lower price whilst pocketing the
difference. Anyone owning shares in Todhunter's, for example, could have
benefitted in this way as, in common with the other cases, Todhunter's
stocks fell dramatically when the chairman died. When Yuill has to attend
to unexpected business, he asks his secretary, Susanne, to show Steed some
investment prospects. While she is doing this, Steed asks her about Ben
Jago, a financial high-flier with a remarkable reputation in the field of
put options. It transpires that Jago is a client of Yuill's and Steed
decides that Jago is definitely a suspect. Steed engineers a chance
meeting with Jago in "The Bull and Bear", a city bar frequented
by those in high finance. Steed makes himself known to Jago, seeks his
advice and makes it abundantly clear that if there are any fiddles on the
go, he wants to be part of them. Meanwhile, Mrs. Peel visits Warner's
Answering Service, who supply the bleepers to people in the city. While
there, a technician, Fitch, is working on a fuse box, and Emma asks after
him as she feels she has seen him before. According to Mr. Warner, Fitch
is the company's resident mechanic, something of a genius, in fact.
However, her main focus is on the bleepers... and why the company hadn't
had Todhunter's bleeper returned to them, following the man's death.
"EPISODE THREE OF THIS STORY...
in which an attempt is made to knock out John Steed, and Emma Peel
realises that someone could quite easily kill him if they were able to
DIAL A DEADLY NUMBER."
attends a dinner party thrown by the Boardmans, where he meets the
merchant banker's partner, John Harvey, and is introduced to Boardman's
wife, Ruth. She enquires as to the nature of Steed's business with her
husband, and, linking his arms in hers, drags him off to meet another
client of the company - Emma Peel, who has spun a yarn just having arrived
from Barbados. Toying with her, Steed wonders why she has no tan -
"it's the rainy season", she quickly retorts. One guest is late
for the get-together - Yuill has been working late at the office, and
rather than return home, he has brought a tuxedo along so he can change
for the party. However, after putting the jacket on, he is horrified to
find a bleeper in the pocket. Before he can remove it, it is activated and
he cries out in pain, dying sprawled out across his office desk. Back at
the party, the guests lament Yuill's non-appearance, and Steed prepares to
leave, suggesting he can give Mrs. Peel a lift home. The Boardmans insist
that Emma stays for a while, so Steed leaves alone. On his way to collect
his car from the basement car park, Steed comes under attack from two men
on motorcycles who try to run him down. He is lucky to survive, which is
more than can be said for one of the bikers, who crashes into a packing
crate and breaks his neck. The other man drives off into the night after
Steed starts shooting at him. Having heard the fracas, Emma arrives, and
they take a closer look at the dead man - Steed recognises him as a waiter
employed by Yuill. Investigating, they go to Yuill's office, where they
find Yuill's body. It is clear that he has died in the same manner as
Todhunter - they must be on the right track.
"EPISODE FOUR OF THIS STORY...
in which John Steed and Emma Peel continue to dabble in high finance,
unaware that someone in the City is preparing yet again to
DIAL A DEADLY NUMBER."
realises where he has seen Ruth Boardman before - in the bar of "The
Bull and Bear", enjoying what was plainly a secret tryst with Ben
Jago. Steed makes a mental note of this, and decides that he and Mrs. Peel
should attend the wine-tasting event that they have been invited to by the
Boardmans. He is sure that they are up to their necks not only in the
deaths, but also the bikers' attack in the garage beneath the Boardman's
penthouse flat. At the wine-tasting party in the basement of Boardman's
Bank, Steed and Henry Boardman engage in a touch of gentlemanly
competition, as Boardman challenges Steed to guess the vintage of a
particular wine. Steed impresses, and even jokingly refers to his gold
hunter watch as he ruminates on both the wine and its year. Unbeknownst to
Steed, he is being watched by Fitch of Warner's Answering Service, via a
closed circuit television system. Fitch is fascinated by Steed's gold
watch, and reaches inside a drawer, removing a hunter watch identical to
Steed's. Shortly afterwards, John Harvey receives a delivery of bleepers
from Warner. He tips them out on the desk and shows them to Mrs. Peel,
explaining that his business partner Henry plans to encourage their use in
the City. After Emma and Harvey have left the room to join Boardman for a
cup of tea, Ruth enters and removes something hidden in the packaging -
Fitch's gold hunter watch, wrapped in tissue paper... Later that night, in
his flat, Steed is visited by Ruth Boardman, ostensibly to thank him for
his discretion in not mentioning her meeting with Jago to her husband.
However, the real reason for her visit is revealed when she tricks Steed
into pouring her a drink, and prepares to switch Steed's gold hunter watch
for the one supplied by Fitch...
"EPISODE FIVE OF THIS STORY...
in which John Steed and Emma Peel both get a little nearer to the
truth, and find out the man who knows how to
DIAL A DEADLY NUMBER."
Boardman switches the watches. When Steed returns, she is composed and
assumes an innocent air. After she has left, Steed readies himself for a
rendezvous at "The Bull and Bear" with Emma Peel. However, Emma
has taken investigations into her own hands, and breaks into Warner's
Answering Service under the cover of darkness. She finds herself in
Fitch's workshop, the walls of which are covered in clocks of all shapes
and sizes - all stopped. She finds some blown up photographs of Steed, and
particularly, of his gold hunter watch. Fitch enters and surprises Mrs.
Peel. He holds a gun to her head, and explains that he has rigged a
replica of the watch with explosives, and the copy has now been planted on
Steed. The clocks around the room each represent a person, and the time
that they died at Fitch's hands. There is one for each of the company
directors and another has been reserved for Steed. Mrs. Peel's intrusion
has presented Fitch with a problem, however - he has never killed a woman
before. It soon becomes clear that he relishes the opportunity. Mrs.
Peel's absence has not gone unnoticed by John Steed, who keeps toying with
his watch. One wrong move and he's history... Before long, he too has done
a bit of breaking and entering - and sits in the darkened lounge in the
Boardmans' penthouse, and surprises the returning Ruth Boardman.
Apprehensively, she notices Steed is swinging the watch on its chain. He
pretends to open it, and elicits the response he expected of Ruth - she
desperately tries to stop him. He has outmanoeuvred her and learns from
her that Fitch is at the heart of the plot. He arrives at Warner's and
bursts in on Fitch. Steed suggests Fitch repair his watch, which he simply
can't get to open. Fitch nervously backs away and hides behind a bench,
fearing an explosion. Steed finds Emma tied up in a cupboard, but before
he can untie her, Fitch comes at Steed brandishing a bicycle-pump gun.
Momentarily distracted by a clock chiming, Fitch is flung into the wall by
Steed, the pump gun exploding, killing the mechanic outright. In the
aftermath, Steed leaves to follow up a hunch... and in a most
ungentlemanly fashion, leaves Mrs. Peel tied up, demanding he release her
"EPISODE SIX, THE FINAL EPISODE IN THIS STORY...
in which John Steed and Emma Peel solve all the mysteries in the
affairs of the big City financiers, without having to
DIAL A DEADLY NUMBER."
ungallantly departs, leaving Emma to look for something sharp with which
to cut herself free. Steed takes a taxi and considers the suspects.
Clearly, Fitch had invented the bleepers, but his was obviously not the
mind behind the scheme as a whole. Who could it be? Boardman? Jago?
Harvey? Warner? Or all of them? He spent the next few hours planting
bleepers on each man, and waited for their reactions. Warner was puzzled -
no more - to find the pager, Boardman likewise. Harvey, however, is
furious, and Jago is equally implicated by his actions - feeling that he
has been betrayed by his co-conspirators. Steed has indeed set one against
another, as Jago storms out of "The Bull and Bear" and heads
towards Boardmans, hoping to find Harvey there. However, when he arrives,
Harvey is absent. Instead he finds Boardman going through Harvey's papers.
Ruth Boardman has broken down after her visit from Steed, and has told her
husband that Harvey is involved in an underhand plot. Jago reveals that he
too is in on the plot, and that Ruth had been most helpful. Between them
they had hatched a plan to make a financial killing, utilising the
ruthless Fitch's mechanical genius. They disposed of the various company
directors with bleepers adapted to inject a lethal drug into their hearts,
then used the put-options to make their fortunes. They are interrupted by
the arrival of Ruth Boardman. An argument ensues, and in the aftermath,
Ruth and Boardman are shot dead by Jago. Steed and Emma - who has finally
released herself from Fitch's bonds - arrive at the Boardmans' office, to
find the bodies. Shortly afterwards, in the Boardmans' wine cellar, Jago
confronts Harvey, but both soon realise that they have been duped, each
made to think the other was planning their death. All the clues point to
John Steed... and he duly arrives with Mrs. Peel, intent on wrapping
things up. Harvey and Jago are defeated following a shoot-out in the wine
cellar, with each being rendered unconscious. Steed and Mrs. Peel leave in
a taxi, drinking vintage bordeaux. Mrs. Peel takes great pleasure in
guessing its type, the vineyard and the year. Steed is very impressed
until Emma lets on that she read the label!