Sir Rodney Kellogg, a normally sober and staid member of the Department of Missile Redeployment, has
become inexplicably infatuated with Martha, the rather dowdy office cleaner. He happily tells her
details of top-secret departmental meetings until Security, in the person of Metcalfe, catches the
two love birds in the middle of their discussion. However, Martha produces a pistol and kills
Metcalfe, leaving "Rodders" to face interrogation by Steed. Puzzled as to why such a man should
compromise himself, Steed and Mother come up with various theories, but only Emma guesses that love
has something to do with it.
In fact, Martha has woven her spell over several members of the department and is working with a man
named Bromfield in order to obtain secret information about the country's defence systems.
Music of Love...
Kellogg and Martha look on in
disbelief when their lovers' tryst is interrupted by a deaf and mad one
When Sir Rodney traces her to her flat, Martha (who is actually a rather
attractive woman when not in her cleaner's disguise) is forced to shoot
him, leaving his body in his Rolls Royce. Steed and Emma find the body,
and Emma recognises the scent of "Reckless Abandon" - an
exclusive perfume for women - in the car. She visits the perfumer's shop
to try and get information on those who bought the product, then is
attacked in her flat by a man intent upon stealing the list. However, she
soon defeats him, and a strange ring of entwined hearts on the man's hand
leads Steed to Casanova Inc., a publishing company specialising in
romantic fiction. It turns out that the book house has been used as a
cover by Bromfield and Martha - they have produced copies of books with
tiny micro-dots inserted into the pages, which force the reader to fall in
love with the next person they see. This person is Martha, in the case of
the men from the department, and thus she is able to wheedle out their
Unfortunately, Mrs. Peel has been reading one of these books at the department, and Bromfield uses
this device on her, persuading her that she must kill herself as her engineered love for him cannot
be fulfilled. Steed arrives just in time to stop her leaping from a window ledge, and knocks out
Bromfield and Martha - only to have Mrs. Peel attack him for punching her beloved! But Steed has
figured out about the micro dots and has attached some to himself, so when Emma sees them she is
overcome with love for Steed.
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