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STORYLINE "WHO SHOT POOR GEORGE / XR40?"

"EPISODE ONE OF THIS STORY...
in which John Steed, Emma Peel and practically everyone else asks 
WHO SHOT POOR GEORGE / XR40?"

At the Heron Establishment, a well-guarded Ministry of Technology building set in rural grounds, an advanced human-shaped computer called George / XR40 is attacked and seriously damaged by someone using a shotgun. John Steed drags Emma Peel away from a party in order to investigate this incident. They meet Dr. Ardmore, who is trying to repair George in an operation assisted by another scientist called Tobin, and find out that the last person to see George before the shooting was another member of staff called Charles Baines. He has gone back to his flat to recover from the stress of the incident, so Steed and Emma travel back to her home, and attempt to telephone Baines from there. Unfortunately, Baines can't hear the telephone ringing - he is a hifi addict, and is listening to music on his headphones. This also means that he can't hear the man who comes into his room, either - a fatal error as the man first deafens Baines by turning up the volume on his headset, then shoots him dead!

Tobin... or not Tobin...

Tobin, Or Not Tobin? 
That is the question...

"EPISODE TWO OF THIS STORY...
in which John Steed and Emma Peel ponder over the question of 
WHO SHOT POOR GEORGE / XR40?"

After failing to contact Baines, Emma goes to his flat in Tufnell Park Road (near her party) and discovers the body, surprising Baines' killer, who is obviously searching for something. He escapes, but Emma finds a computer tape labelled "XR40" - presumably what the assassin was looking for. Steed returns to the Heron Establishment to observe the ongoing operation on George. Dr. Ardmore manages some repairs but then George lapses into a coma state, after printing out messages such as "Help. Pelley". "Pelley" is Sir Wilfred Pelley - George's creator, and is on leave at home. Steed tries to ring him, but Pelley is not answering his telephone either. Steed decides to visit him, whilst Mrs. Peel (who has returned from Baines flat) waits, the tape at the ready, for George to regain consciousness.

"EPISODE THREE OF THIS STORY...
in which John Steed asks the inventor, Sir Wilfred Pelley,
WHO SHOT POOR GEORGE / XR40?"

Steed arrives at Pelley's home in the country, glancing at the gardener working outside the house. What he doesn't yet know is that the gardener is the gunman who attacked George and killed Baines. Inside, Steed is greeted by an officious butler called Jason, and is introduced to Sir Wilfred. After explaining the condition that George is in after the attack, Steed asks Pelley to come back to the Heron Establishment to help George. After all, Pelley is the man who created him and is by far the best person to treat George at this critical time. But Pelley refuses, claiming to be utterly worn out after working continuously on XR40 for the last three years, and at Harwell for five years before that - all without a break. Steed decides to leave after this refusal, and returns to the Heron Establishment. Meanwhile, Pelley - who is actually being kept prisoner in his own home - is berated by Jason for talking too much to Steed. Back at the Heron Establishment, another operation on George is taking place, which is slightly more successful than the last, but Emma is still unable to play the tape she brought over. Steed tells Ardmore of Pelley's blunt refusal, citing his workload over the last few years, but Ardmore points out that Pelley has never worked at Harwell. Why did Pelley say that? 

"EPISODE FOUR OF THIS STORY...
in which John Steed finds certain other characters in Sir Wilfred Pelley's home complicate the case of
WHO SHOT POOR GEORGE / XR40."

At Pelley's home, Jason and Loris (the captors' leader, masquerading as a maid) listen to an audio tape of Pelley's conversation with Steed. They, with Keller (the gardener / assassin) are actually there to interrogate Pelley (who has a perfect memory) about various government military projects he has worked on over the years, in order to sell the information. The questioning takes place in the cellar, so when Steed unexpectedly arrives back they have to send Pelley upstairs to affect an appearance of normality. Whilst Steed waits for Pelley to meet him, he finds listening bugs in the room, which he sabotages. Pelley, who appears to be exhausted, once again refuses to help George, so Steed pretends to leave the house in order to find out what is really going on. Thinking Steed has left, Jason and Loris attempt to play back the conversation tape, but find there is no recording. Realising that Steed has discovered the bugs, Loris commands that he must die!

"EPISODE FIVE OF THIS STORY...
in which John Steed takes full account of the man 
WHO SHOT POOR GEORGE / XR40."

Steed hangs about outside, appearing to have trouble starting his car. Keller offers to help but, magically, it starts and Steed takes his leave. Inside, Loris questions Pelley about his conversations with Steed, and listens to the tape of the earlier conversation. She spots the reference to Harwell - knowing that Pelley never worked there - and instructs Jason to send Keller after Steed, to kill him. Steed meets Emma at his flat where they realise that George's message was not a plea for help to Pelley, but Pelley asking for help himself. They decide that Emma will impersonate Sir Wilfred's niece, Prunella, and infiltrate the house to discover exactly what is going on. Emma is a little miffed by having to impersonate someone else - she's just finished pretending to be Pandora! She leaves Steed's flat a few minutes before Keller enters with his shot-gun. A desperate fight ensues between Steed and Keller, which ends with Steed spearing the assassin with his sword-stick.

"EPISODE SIX OF THIS STORY...
in which Emma Peel undertakes an impersonation in order to check on the people 
WHO SHOT POOR GEORGE / XR40."

Emma arrives at Pelley's home, and gets Jason to let her in saying that she is Prunella Wentworth - Pelley's niece. Loris decides to call her bluff and brings Pelley in to meet her, without warning. Luckily, Pelley realises what is happening and goes along with Emma's story. Loris and Jason are reasonably convinced, and decide to carry on their task. Meanwhile, a third operation takes place on George. Dr. Ardmore, once again assisted by Tobin, is successful and George starts to become his normal self again. A mysteriously telephone call to Pelley's house from "The Boss" informs Jason of this development. The Boss orders Jason and Loris to finish their interrogation that night - he will arrive himself at midnight to finish things, before George's recovery causes problems.

"EPISODE SEVEN, THE FINAL EPISODE IN THIS STORY...
in which John Steed and Emma Peel take equal credit in winding up the case of
WHO SHOT POOR GEORGE / XR40."

In the Pelley house, Emma overhears Jason and Loris discussing The Boss' instructions. She goes off on an investigative trip into the cellar area, and finds the real butler locked up in a cell there. He tells her about the fake servants, and she promises to release him once everything is sorted out. In the main cellar area, Loris is conducting the last interrogation of Sir Wilfred, and Emma listens in. Once she is sure of what is going on she attempts to ring Steed from the telephone upstairs, but disappears mid-sentence. Back at the Heron Establishment, Dr. Ardmore is able to get George to process the tape that Emma found in Baines' flat. It turns out to be a message from Pelley, informing them that he is being held captive and interrogated at his home. Steed races to Sir Wilfred's house, and meanwhile, an unconscious Emma - knocked out by The Boss, Tobin - is given to Jason to be disposed of. Tobin suggests that Jason leave her body in the summer house, which will then mysteriously catch fire and get rid of their problem. Unfortunately for Jason, before he can carry out his instructions, Steed arrives in the nick of time and knocks him out cold in the grounds. A groggy Emma fills Steed in on the latest developments, then recovers sufficiently to go back into the house, where they surprise the villains and deal with them all - Emma flies down the stair bannisters and flattens Tobin! Later, in Steed's flat, the duo look forward to sampling a cocktail recipe created for Steed by George / XR40. Unfortunately, it turns out to be explosive - literally - so they have to revert to champagne!

by Alys Hayes

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