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"Always keep your bowler on..." - Departing words of Emma Peel (Diana Rigg) on the spy adventure THE AVENGERS/ABC/1966-69 (Episode No. 131 "The Forget-Me-Knot).

Her full words of advice to her longtime partner John Steed (Patrick Macnee) were "Always keep your bowler on in times of stress-and a watchful eye open for diabolical masterminds!" A compliant Steed replied, "I'll remember." Emma kisses him on the cheek and says "Goodbye Steed." As she nears the door, Steed calls "Emma," pauses and then says "Thanks."

Tara meets Emma

Leaving Steed's apartment, Emma encounters his new incoming partner Tara King (Linda Thorson) on his apartment staircase. There, she imparted these words of wisdom. "Ahem. He (Steed) likes his tea stirred anti-clockwise" (miming a stirring motion with her finger).

As Steed looked out his apartment window to see Emma one last time, she glanced back in a final goodbye gesture (coincidentally, Emma's husband who greeted her at the car, looked surprising like Steed himself).

TRIVIA NOTE: On the finale of THE AVENGERS episode "Too Many Christmas Trees" as Emma Peel is opening Christmas mail, she reads a post card aloud. "Best wishes for the future, Cathy." Steed responds, "Mrs. Gale! How nice of her to remember me. What can she doing in Fort Knox?" Mrs. Catherine Gale (played by Honor Blackman) was Steed's former partner. Fort Knox, of course, was a tongue-in cheek reference to the fact the Honor Blackman left the series to take the role of Pussy Galore, a imposing aviatrix involved in a plot to contaminate the gold reserve at Fort Knox in the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964).


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