from an all-night party, Steed and Mrs. Peel find a dying agent - Ronny
Westcott - at Steed's flat. Ronny only manages to tell them that a genie
and honey were involved in his death, and that the full story can be found
in the rooms of his murdered colleague, George Reed. Steed goes to Reed's
home, but someone else - a thug called Vincent - is already there burning
Reed's papers. Vincent escapes and all Steed finds in the room are jars of
Meanwhile, Mrs. Peel gets a delivery of Best British Honey at
Steed's flat, from B. Bumble and Co. The parcel had been sent to Steed by
Reed before his death.
Like all the best assassins, Arkadi
was born with his sunglasses on...
Emma visits B. Bumble and Co., and whilst she is there
Vincent and his associate Bernie (who both work for a Turkish man named
Arkadi) arrive in the shop. Steed, examining the honey in Reed's room,
gets a call from Mr. Ponsonby Hopkirk of QQF Inc. Hopkirk thinks that
Steed is Reed, and asks him to come over to the QQF building for his
appointment. QQF - Quite Quite Fantastic - is an organisation which helps
people live out their fantasies. Steed asks for the same fantasy as Ronny
Westcott - which turns out to be playing chief eunuch in a harem! Bernie
has followed Emma back to Steed's flat, and tries to shoot her, but in the
ensuing fight the gun goes off and kills Bernie instead. Emma goes back to
Bumble's shop and finds that Bumble is dead, and next to him is Vincent
East's application for the QQF. She visits the QQF, posing as a
journalist, and meets Hopkirk. After she leaves Vincent arrives for his
fantasy - an assassination. Back at the flat Steed and Emma realise the
connection between the QQF, with its Arabian fantasy and Bumble's honey.
Bumble had been at the Bahrainian embassy a few days before delivering
honey for the harem. Vincent, meanwhile, shoots Hopkirk dead during his
assassination fantasy - which involves the killing of the Crown Prince of
Bahrain. Vincent then takes the QQF file for this venture in order to use
it to assassinate the Crown Prince.
and Emma find the dying Hopkirk who tells them that the Prince is to be
killed the next night, but dies before giving details. Steed visits the
embassy and gets on famously with Crown Prince Ali, as they share a love
of cricket. He is invited back by the Prince to a banquet the following
night, and brings Emma along as an offering for the harem. Steed has also
noticed the man-size jars of honey around the embassy which could be used
to smuggle in the killer. Arkadi is another guest at the banquet - it
seems his government is losing the Bahrainian oil concession to the
British government - so he is plotting to have the Prince killed in
Britain in order to sour relations between Britain and Bahrain. Mrs. Peel
does indeed join the harem and investigates the large honey jars inside.
She finds the one used to smuggle Vincent in and saves the Prince from
being killed. Vincent tells her that Arkadi is behind the plot, and
Arkadi hears this. He escapes from the embassy back to the QQF building,
but Steed follows him and knocks him out. The successful foiling of the
assassination plot means that the Bahrainians are very quick to sign the
oil treaty with Britain.
by Alys Hayes