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Episode Studies by Clayton Barr

Sapphire & Steel: Dr. McDee Must Die (Part 5) Sapphire & Steel
Assignment Five
"Dr. McDee Must Die" Part 5
TV episode
Written by: Anthony Read
Directed by: Shaun O'Riordan
Original air date: August 25, 1981


Sapphire and Steel enlist an ally among the partygoers.


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


Notes from the Sapphire & Steel chronology


This storyline takes place largely on the evening of Saturday, June 21, 1980, then into the morning of Sunday, June 22. This corresponds to the actual dates and days of 1980.


Characters appearing or mentioned in this episode


Howard McDee

Felix Harborough ("dies" in this episode)

Annabelle Harborough ("dies" in this episode)

Emma Mullrine



Lord Mullrine

Dr. George McDee

Felicity McDee


Anne Shaw

Howard McDee (from the "dead")


Didja Notice?


At 4:04 on the DVD, notice Emma is using an orange and a grape to explain the summer solstice, just as Steel did for her in "Dr. McDee Must Die" Part 4.


At 7:00 on the DVD, Lord Mullrine remarks that the record Emma is playing is as much a part of 1930 as Amy Johnson or the R100 airship. Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was a renowned British female aviator in the 1930s. The R100 was a British airship (dirigible) which, along with the R101, was built in 1929 for a series of trial flights for the Imperial Airship Scheme of 1924-1931.


At 14:55 on the DVD, Mullrine, Felix, and Greville come into the room discussing a game they're about to play and invite Sapphire to join in as the fourth. Sapphire remarks, "Culbertson," thus indicating to them she knows the game. The game they are discussing is the card game contract bridge. Ely Culbertson (1891-1955) was an American player of the game, known for popularizing it and making a fortune from his play and promotion of it.


Emma recommends to Felicity that she go to bed tonight sooner than later (after all, she wants to hook up with Felicity's husband!), saying, "one minute's sleep before midnight is worth one hour after." She is paraphrasing an old country idiom, "one hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after," meant to encourage going to bed early.


Sapphire seems to be enjoying her game of bridge with the gentlemen, even to the extent of finishing the game rather than assist Steel in his investigation of the events in the mansion!


Memorable Dialog


they have so many ways.mp3

in an extraterrestrial sense.mp3

I need some feminine guile.mp3

that bitch.mp3 


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