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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Avengers

I'm not the only one who lives with Christmas in February--John Steed does in the 1969 episode "Take-Over" on the cult classic TV series The Avengers. In this episode, Steed explains that years before when he and a friend were prisoners in China together, they had made a calendar to mark their time. However, due to a miscalculation, they had been celebrating Christmas in February! Because of this error, they reunite each February at his friend's country estate to celebrate. The main plot of the episode begins when Steed arrives at his friend's estate only to discover strangers are occupying the home unaware that Steed is expected for his annual holiday. Nothing ruins a Christmas reunion like party crashers with another scheme for world domination!