Randall and Hopkirk Deceased: Two Can Play at that Game
This will be an unusually image-based post for this blog, simply because I'm obsessed with the surreal and deadly department store in this episode.
Oh look, there's Steed! Over Death at Bargain Prices the resentment here is much more personal so I think The House That Jack Built is another influence.
There are also overtones of Don't Look Behind You/The Joker in being trapped inside a killing machine where you're doomed to fail.
There is a strange irony if Biba is the inspiration for the store, because Biba only sold clothes in one size (size 8) and Barbara Hulanicki is quoted as saying they were for underfed women. Strange that this exclusion of people who aren't underfed might inspire the setting where a man who has been bullied for being fat tries to kill his school friend who also calls him fat!
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