Number 6 — along with the rest of the Village population — is subjected to a new mind-altering education technology called "Speed Learn" which can instill a three-year university level course in history over a television screen in just three minutes. It was invented and is "taught" by an avuncular individual known as "The Professor" who is nevertheless seen trying to escape from the Village along the beach at the episode outset. He is retrieved and proceeds with the education program which instills a detailed, but fairly sterile, set of data on "European history since Napoleon" into all Village residents' minds. Speed Learn is also apparently supported by someone known as "The General".
Number 6 realizes that Speed Learn could eventually be used for mind control. Number 12, a disaffected member of the Speed Learn committee, helps Number 6 to infiltrate the project and sabotage it by broadcasting a subversive message from the Professor who had copied it onto a recorder before his escape attempt. Number 6 is detected and thwarted in this attempt, but now "The General" is revealed to be a sophisticated, experimental mainframe computer which has purportedly been programmed to be able to answer any question put to it. Number 6 is able to destroy the General, and Number 2's plans, with some simple logical epistemological trickery: He feeds it the brief question "Why?", it begins to smoke out of sheer consternation, and self-destructs, killing the Professor and Number 12 in the process.
Entering the Village broadcast studios required a token to be inserted into a Thing money box. This was a toy bank from which a "Thing" hand emerged to snatch coins which were placed in a slot at the front. This item was reportedly included at the request of Patrick McGoohan.