"The Reptile Room: Part One"
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Adapted from: The Reptile Room
Main character(s): Violet, Klaus, Sunny
Baudelaire guardian: Uncle Monty
Featuring: Mr. Poe
Main enemy: Count Olaf
Olaf's disguise: Stephano
Main setting: Montgomery Montgomery's house
Library: Reptile Room
Key crew
Writer: Daniel Handler
Director: Mark Palansky
Producer: Neil Patrick Harris
Release details
Story number: 2a
Season/series: Season 1
Premiere network: Netflix
Release date: January 13, 2017
Format: 48 minutes
Production code: 1.3
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A Series of Unfortunate Events
"A Bad Beginning: Part Two" "The Reptile Room: Part Two"
"The Reptile Room: Part One" is the third episode of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. It covered the first half of The Reptile Room, introducing the Baudelaires to their new guardian, Uncle Monty, then taking him swiftly from them. The story ended on the cliffhanger of Monty's mysterious death in the Reptile Room.

Official synopsis

After the Baudelaires move in with Dr. Montgomery, a renowned expert in reptile behavior, their new guardian hires a frighteningly familiar assistant.


For Beatrice –
     My love for you shall
     live forever.
     You,however, did not.


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Uncle Monty showing the Baudelaires a picture of their parents.

The Baudelaires are taken to their originally intended guardian: Dr. Montgomery Montgomery. They arrive at an ornate mansion and are greeted by the doctor with pieces of coconut cream cake. As Montgomery or Monty gives the children a tour of their new home, they come across a picture of a piano with no one in it. It's the doctor's only proof that he knew their parents, explaining that the three of them were hiding in the piano and had unfortunately gotten locked in.

Monty shows the children his reptile room, which is filled with various types of reptiles. He introduces them to the Incredibly Deadly Viper who turns out to be not as deadly as it appears. It takes an instant liking to Sunny as it playfully curls around her. Monty encourages them to make themselves at home and to read as many of the books as they like. It looked like the Baudelaire children's luck was turning...

Until Monty's new assistant, Stephano, arrived at the front door. Stephano is really only a poorly disguised Olaf. The children lock themselves in the Reptile Room and wait there until Monty comes home from the running errands. Monty is possibly the only adult who believes them when they say that Stephano is Olaf. He and the children come up with a plan to get rid of him. They decide to go to the movies and watch a horribly named film called "Zombies in the Snow." Unknown to Stephano, there is a hidden message in the subtitles that instructs Monty to take the children to Peru on the SS Prospero.

After the movie, Monty is kidnapped by Olaf's henchman but not for long. He manages to get free and takes the children home so that they can plan their escape to Peru.



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  • Monty mentions the Dissonant Toad is soothed only by the music of Alexander Scriabin or early Sonic Youth.

Daniel Handler possibly throwing shade at the movie.

  • In the movie theater, Olaf insults a movie theatre as a "godforsaken nickelodeon". "Nickelodeon" was in fact a term for a neighborhood movie theatre that took a nickel as the admission fee. However, some fans believe this is Daniel Handler throwing shade at the film which was produced by Nickelodeon Movies, due to the fact that he wasn't allowed to work on it much and had mixed feelings about it.
  • In the movie Zombies in the Snow, there is a reference to Gustav and Jacqueline in the credits.
  • Count Olaf breaks the fourth wall by saying that he prefers "prolonged television" to the movies, turns to us and smiles. this being a nod to Netflix.
  • Stefano is an anagram for Not Safe.

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Deviations from the novel

  • They all share a room here, even though in the book they each got their own.
  • The Baudelaires simply walk away from Stephano after he threatens them in the book before getting scared in the Reptile Room. But here, he actually chases them and throws his knife at the door.
  • Monty and the Baudelaires actually see Olaf throw the lamp down. In the book, none of them saw it, and he accuses Klaus of leaving it by the window.
  • Monty seems to know who Count Olaf is (and was probably faking it to him so that he didn't raise suspiscion).
  • In the book, Monty was oblivious to the Sebald code. Here, he knows it and tries to get it down. Also, he gets kidnapped by the white-faced women.



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