Dr. Mallard is shocked to hear the corpse of a man found with files on various navy officers died in dubious accidents is presumed to be that of his English study buddy Angus Clarke, now a hotel chain owner, whom he never spoke since a bitter romantic row, but finds in autopsy it can't be him. Officially on leave, Ducky informally accompanies Bishop investigating in London, where his first true love Maggie is now a fresh widow and explains she regretted not having chosen him over Angus, and finds Angus's professional right hand a dangerous manipulator. Back in the US, the team looks into financially shaky Angus's business partner's dirty dealings.
Did You Know?
In the flashback scenes, David McCallum's character (Ducky) wears a turtleneck. Aside from the "Beatle" haircut, a turtleneck is one of Illya Kuryakin's trademarks - McCallum's role in The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968) See more
When Ducky is waiting at the station in flashback and Maggie walks in, there is an announcement for the next departure over the tannoy as they converse. The announcer states that the next departure from platform 3 calls at "Canterbury East, Ashford, Folkestone Central, Dover Priory, Dover Western Docks". Whilst these are all stations in Kent accessible from London it would not have been (and still is not) possible to take a single train from London to Dover via this route. Although there was once a line between Canterbury and Folkestone it actually ran from Canterbury West via South Canterbury on the Elham Valley Line, but this was pulled up in the mid 1950s and trains did not run direct from London to Dover via this line. Additionally trains from London via Ashford to Dover have always split at Ashford, usually into 'front 4 to Folkestone, rear 4 to Canterbury West' (not Canterbury East) - Ashford actually being the first of the stations listed on the announcement and being the last on the shared portion of the journey. Depending on which London station Ducky is supposed to be in (and sadly even small UK stations look nothing like the one portrayed in this scene, never mind a major station which would have been the starting point of Ducky's journey!) the train may also have called at additional London stations - for example the start of the line via Ashford would have been Charing Cross, the next station being Waterloo East, followed by London Bridge after which the train would call at Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Paddock Wood and Ashford then Canterbury West OR Folkestone Central and finally to Dover. Alternatively, if the train was going via Canterbury East then the London station would have to be Victoria and the train would be calling at Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham, Sittingborne, Faversham, Canterbury East, Dover Priory. And finally, although in its later years the station at Dover docks was indeed called Dover Western Docks, it was only named this in 1979 and prior to this was called Dover Marine. If Ducky was travelling via Folkestone there is also just as much chance that Ducky would have been travelling to Folkestone Harbour on the boat train as continuing to Dover. See more
I thought you hated bow ties.
Dr. Donald Mallard
I do. they're impossible to keep straight.
References The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
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