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"The Vile Village: Part One"
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Adapted from: The Vile Village
Main character(s): Violet, Klaus, Sunny
Baudelaire guardian: Village of Fowl Devotees
Main enemy: Count Olaf, Esmé Squalor
Olaf's disguise: Lonely Old Bartender
Detective Dupin
Main setting: Village of Fowl Devotees
Library: Hector's barn
Key crew
Writer: Sigrid Gilmer
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer: Neil Patrick Harris
Release details
Story number: 7a
Season/series: Season 2
Premiere network: Netflix
Release date: March 30, 2018
Format: 48 minutes
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"The Vile Village: Part One" is the thirteenth episode of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. It covered the first half of The Vile Village.

Official synopsis

Mr. Poe brings the Baudelaires to V.F.D., a bird-loving village with an Old West vibe. Jacques and Olivia continue their search for the Quagmires.


For Beatrice –
     When we were together
     I felt breathless.
     Now, you are.


Mr. Poe drops the Baudelaires off at the Village of Fowl Devotees, where the whole community will care for them collectively (in reality, they just want the children to do all their chores for them).

The Baudelaires take up residence with Hector, a kind handyman prone to fainting spells whenever his courage is tested. He is secretly building a self-sustaining hot-air mobile home. The Baudelaires soon begin finding clues; they are couplets written by the Isadora Quagmire and are found by the Nevermore Tree when the crows migrate.

Count Olaf, Esmé Squalor, and the troupe also arrive at the village, taking up residence in an abandoned firehouse-turned-saloon, with Esmé disguising herself as the town's new Chief of Police, Officer Luciana. Jacques Snicket and Olivia Caliban also arrive and detain Olaf at the local jailhouse, unaware of Esmé's new role. Off-screen, Officer Luciana detains Jacques and Olivia and sets Olaf free.

The next day, the villagers learn of Olaf's capture and hold a town hall meeting, where Olaf appears in the disguise of Detective Dupin, tricking everyone into believing Jacques is Olaf. Jacques also has a tattoo of an eye on his ankle like Olaf. Jacques is found guilty and sentenced to death. Before being transferred to the town's jail, he begs the Baudelaire to somehow free him.

In jail, Olivia convinces Esmé to free her and Jacques in exchange for the location of the Sugar Bowl, an object with ties to Esmé's past. Jacques directs Olivia to Madame Lulu, a fellow associate, in order to find the Sugar Bowl before Esmé and Olaf do. Jacques will stay in the village and protect the children. After Olivia leaves, Jacques confronts Olaf in the firehouse, revealing Olaf's past life as a V.F.D. agent. However, Olaf is unfazed by Jacques' offer of a truce, and he and Esmé incapacitate and kill him.

The next morning, the Baudelaires are informed that "Olaf" has been murdered.



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The crow flag.

  • On the way to the village, Mr. Poe references "that Shirley Jackson story", a reference to the short story The Lottery. This foreshadows the cruel nature of the village as well as the herd mentality of the villagers.
  • The flag of the Council of Elders resembles the flag of the Nazi Party, except instead of a swastika in a white circle, it's a crow in a white circle. Their rulebook also uses font resembling those seen on Nazi propaganda posters.

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Filming locations

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Production errors

  • In one of the scenes where Hector passes out infront of the Council, he faints using the same shot from the first faint but the next shot seconds later has Hectors right arm crossing to his left arm.

Deviations from the novel

  • The scenes of the Baudelaires in Mulctuary Money Management and choosing the village they want to go do not happen. Instead, as Mr. Poe already talks about VFD in the previous episode, the story starts imediatly with him taking the children to the village.
  • The children go by bus and later walk to the village in the novels. Here, Mr. Poe delivers them by car.
  • The saloon scenes with Olaf's troupe, Poe and Jacques are not in the book. Any scene with Olivia Caliban is not in the book
  • Mr. Poe stays in the village more in the TV series, while he is absent in the book.
  • In the books, the Baudelaires do not know Officer Luciana's identity because she wears a motorcycle helmet. In the TV series, they see through the disguise immediately, but they are not allowed to talk on the platform, and Esmé sinisterly threatens the Baudelaires, saying they are always being watched, frightening them from telling anyone.
  • The Baudelaires are not shown trimming Mrs. Morrow's hedges and washing Mr. Lesko's windows in the series.
  • The TV series reveals how Jacques died (killed by Olaf with a crowbar in a "crow bar"), while the book leaves his method of death unknown, although Olaf is obviously guilty.
    • Also, when Jacques was on trial in the series, he was calm and certain he would be released. In the book, he was terrified and tried to plead his case.
  • In the book, the Baudelaires decide to use "herd mentality" (shouting in a crowd) to save Jacques, as people about to be burned at the stake are allowed to make a final speech. In the TV series, the Baudelaires do it through a more physical manner, breaking a wall with a device Violet invents.
  • Detective Dupin shows up much earlier in this version as he appears during "Count Olaf's" exposition, instead of after Jacques' death.


  • A copy of The Pony Party! can be seen in the mobile home's library, meaning something in the book was found objectionable by the Council of Elders, who intended it to be burned for not getting past the censorship process.

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