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The Prisoner
Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

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The Prisoner: Harmony The Prisoner
"Harmony"
TV Episode
Written by Bill Gallagher
Directed by Nick Hurran
Original U.S. air date: November 15, 2009

 

6 finds he has a brother with a family in the Village.

 

Read the summary of this episode at IMDB

 

Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode

 

Rover

6 (Michael)

Lucy

16

Steven (Michael's brother in visions)

2

16's wife

16's daughter

16's son

46-5 (character on Wonkers)

765 (character on Wonkers)

23-30 (character on Wonkers)

2356 (character on Wonkers)

913 (character on Wonkers)

11-12

M2 (2's wife)

70

Shadow 70 (70's double)

144

130

3830 (a figure in a painting, mentioned only)

794 (artist of the above painting)

Winking woman

91

313

147 

 

Didja Know?

 

This episode gets its title from the episode of the original series, "Living in Harmony".

 

 

 

Didja Notice?

 

At the beginning of the episode, we see Rover floating through air over the sand dunes. This would be picking up from the end of "Arrival" where Rover engulfed 6 near the towers and is now dropping him back closer to the Village.

 

At 0:50 on the DVD, a book sitting on Michael's desk in his New York apartment is Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower by William Blum. This is a real book, published in 2000.

 

The beer bottles Michael and Lucy raise a toast with appear to be a genericized version of a Budweiser bottle.

 

6 remembers having a brother named Steven.

 

The soap opera that everyone in the Village seems to watch is called Wonkers.

 

6's psychiatrist is 70. The number of 70's double, who sits in the background, is not revealed in the episode itself, but is referred to as "Shadow 70" in the closing credits.

 

The taxi of 144 drives past at 11:34 on the DVD.

 

16 says hi to 130 when he and 6 walk up to the bus depot.

 

91 hands out refreshments on the tour bus.

 

It seems that whenever Wonkers is on, there is an announcement made about it over the Village P.A. system and household televisions turn on to it by themselves.

 

On the bus tour, we learn the Village has a philharmonic hall.

 

At 27:55 on the DVD, the camera pans past an old tricycle in the basement of 2's palace. This may be intended as a callback to the penny-farthings seen in the 1960s Prisoner, both having a large front wheel in comparison to the rear.

 

As 6 drives the bus through the desert with his brother's family, portions of various songs are heard. I have not been able to identify the specific songs or artists. Part of the lyrics of one of the songs is from the "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" children's prayer from the 18th Century, still well-known today.

 

At 40:50 on the DVD, a woman is reading Wonkers, The Novelization, published by Village Books.

 

At the end of the final scene in the episode, a barred door closes on 6, in an homage to the steel bars that would slam shut over Number 6's face in the original series at the end of all but the final episode.


Unanswered Questions

What is the significance of 6 seeing 16's family with pigs head masks at the end of the episode? In "Darling", the residents of the Village are asked to keep a pig at their homes in order to combat the sudden, inexplicable appearance of holes in the ground around the Village, as swine breath is stated to be an atmosphere stabilizer.

Memorable Dialog

a man with nothing to hide.wav
you can't cure your thinking with your thinking.wav
every day is a sunny day.wav
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