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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Sapphire & Steel: The Man Without a Face (Part 3) Sapphire & Steel
Assignment Four
"The Man Without a Face" Part 3
TV episode
Writer: P.J. Hammond
Directed by: David Foster
Original air date: February 3, 1981


Sapphire and Steel find the missing apartment dwellers in antique photographs.


Read the episode summary at the Sci Fi Freak Site or Watch it at Shout Factory


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode



The Man Without a Face


parasol girl

H. Williamson (mentioned only)

Ruth Phillips (Liz's roommate, in photo and voice only)

Liz Duprey


Didja Notice?


To get rid of the man with no face, who can hide in any photograph, Steel suggests they destroy every photograph in the apartment building, remarking they did something similar to a painting in a house. This seems to be a reference to the events of "Escape Through a Crack in Time" Part 3.


Liz's full name is revealed to be Elizabeth Owen in this episode, but she now goes by Liz Duprey.


Steel has removed his tie while gathering photos and working in the dark room. He puts it back on again at 18:42 on the DVD.


When Sapphire makes contact with Liz's roommate Ruth, trapped in a photograph, the woman quotes from a rhyme she knew as a kid. The rhyme is actually the 1899 poem "Antigonish" by William Hughes Mearns (1875-1965). The full text of the poem is:

  Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn't there!
He wasn't there again today,
Oh how I wish he'd go away!

When I came home last night at three,
The man was waiting there for me
But when I looked around the hall,
I couldn't see him there at all!
Go away, go away, don't you come back any more!
Go away, go away, and please don't slam the door...

Last night I saw upon the stair,
A little man who wasn't there,
He wasn't there again today
Oh, how I wish he'd go away...


Twin Peaks note: The above poem is a bit suggestive of: the stairway in the Palmer household, BOB, and the Little Man from Another Place.


Memorable Dialog


quick exits.mp3

I met a man who wasn't there.mp3


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