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Department S: A Fish out of Water

Location: Beirut, Lebanon
Date: March 22nd

An Interpol agent dies while on vacation in Beirut. Stewart, a close friend of the dead agent, does not believe that he died in a scuba diving accident, since he was an expert diver, and thus demands that the Department investigate. Sir Curtis first declines, then relents and allows Jason to fly to Lebanon to investigate. However, he orders Stewart to stay away from the case, considering him far too emotionally involved to investigate objectively. Yet when Jason's life is in danger in Beirut, Sir Curtis has no choice but to let Stewart and Annabelle go there as well.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x25
Airdate: Tuesday February 24th, 1970



Guest Stars
Alex GallierAlex Gallier
As First Bridge Player
Cyril ShapsCyril Shaps
As Esplin
Elma SoironElma Soiron
As Second Bridge Player
John CazabonJohn Cazabon
As Chemist
John KestonJohn Keston
As Nazib
Lee MontagueLee Montague
As Rafic
Magda KonopkaMagda Konopka
As Michele Duplay
Maggie WrightMaggie Wright
As Sandra
Wolfe MorrisWolfe Morris
As Takla
Yuri BorienkoYuri Borienko
As Filipo
Episode Notes
The desert scenes were also used in the Desert Journey episode of The Champions.



Episode Quotes
Jason: What's my cover?
Annabelle: Jason King, author.
Jason: Best-selling author.
Annabelle: Oh, I'm sorry.



Episode Goofs
The date shown in the opening screen has the case beginning on March 22nd; however, the date the customs agent stamps in the passport is May 13.

The Mark Caine paperback that Stewart picks up from the bookstore display is Index Finger, Left Hand; however, the novel he puts back is The Man Who Fell to Earth.

The man cutting Sir Curtis' hair is clearly missing his hair with the scissors.



Cultural References
Jason: (reaching rendezvous with Stewart and Annabelle) Dr. Livingstone, I presume?

The famous line that Henry Morton Stanley said to Dr. David Livingstone when Stanley successfully found Livingstone in Ujiji on November 13, 1871. Livingstone had been missing for four years after going to Africa to explore the Lake Tanganyika region. Livingstone was the only white person in the region, making his recognition obvious.



Episode References
Jason's novels mentioned/shown in this episode:
Identity Mark Caine!
From China Yours Sincerely
Enough is Enough is Enough is Enough
Index Finger, Left Hand
The Man Who Fell to Earth

In this episode, the facts that Jason was married and that his wife, Marion, was killed in a plane crash are mentioned.



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