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"The Wide Window: Part One"
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Adapted from: The Wide Window
Main character(s): Violet, Klaus, Sunny
Baudelaire guardian: Aunt Josephine
Main enemy: Count Olaf
Olaf's disguise: Captain Sham
Main setting: Josephine Anwhistle's house
Library: Josephine Anwhistle's library(s)
Key crew
Writer: Daniel Handler
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Producer: Neil Patrick Harris
Release details
Story number: 3a
Season/series: Season 1
Premiere network: Netflix
Release date: January 13, 2017
Format: 42 minutes
Production code: 1.5
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A Series of Unfortunate Events
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"The Wide Window: Part One" is the fifth episode of Netflix's A Series of Unfortunate Events. It covered the first half of The Wide Window.

Official synopsis

The orphans arrive at the aptly named Lake Lachrymose to meet their widowed Aunt Josephine, a strict grammarian who's haunted by the past.


For Beatrice –
I would much prefer it
if you were alive and well.


Damocles Dock.

The Baudelaire Children are left on Damocles Dock and instructed by Mr. Poe to take a taxi up to their Aunt Josephine's house. The house in question hangs off the side of a cliff and nobody answers the door when the children ring the doorbell.

Aunt Josephine greets them and welcomes them into her home. It's a peculiar home as they learn that the once "fierce and formidable" Josephine is now afraid of everything. She is also a stickler for grammar and corrects the children whenever they aren't grammatically correct. She and her deceased husband Ike were once friends with Father and Mother and that they used to create secret codes when they would picnic together. Because of the approaching hurricane, Josephine leaves the children to go to the market and get supplies. Violet, Sunny, and Klaus use this time to do a little snooping.

They manage to get Josephine's safe open and find pictures of the once "fierce" woman. Beneath the pictures, there is a book titled, “The Incomplete History of Secret Organizations.” Before they can read it Josephine returns and the children scramble to put everything back in its place. She has come with an uninvited guest: Captain Sham aka Count Olaf. Unlike Monty, Josephine doesn't see through his disguise and the two go out to spend a romantic evening together.

The children are left to think of their own escape plan but are interrupted when they hear a sound coming from downstairs. They rush down and find that Aunt Josephine has jumped to her death. Klaus finds a suicide note that once again named Count Olaf as their guardian.

Meanwhile, Father and Mother steal a plane and escape after receiving a coded message.



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The lady selling pickles specifically says "Very Fresh Dill", one of the many pokes at V.F.D.

Story notes

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Production errors

  • As the taxi drives up toward Josephine's house, the taxi driver's mouth does not move as he speaks.
  • When the children are discussing exchanging their gifts amongst themselves, in one shot Sunny puts her rattle in a bowl, and in the next, it's on the table.

Deviations from the novel

  • In the book, Josephine is portrayed as a "pale woman with her white hair piled high on top of her head in a bun". In the series, she is dark skinned with her hair everywhere. 
  • When Sunny says "delmo", she's offering to bite the telephone to prove it's harmless in the book; in the series, it's to call Aunt Josephine crazy.
  • In the book, Aunt Josephine takes them to their room first; in the tv show, she takes them to the library first.
  • Aunt Josephine is still afraid of realtors, but in the series, they call them real estate agents.
  • Klaus gets a deck of cards instead of a model train as a gift.
  • In the series, Aunt Josephine leaves (where she sees Count Olaf without knowing it) and the Baudelaires stay and prepare hot food until she is back. In the book, they go with her and Violet runs into Olaf without realizing it first. Also, Aunt Josephine points out Olaf's little grammar mistake here ("Every boat has it's own sail") in the book. In the series, she mentions it on their taxi ride to their date.
  • The Baudelaires open up Aunt Josephine's safe and find all the secret items (as they do in the movie as well). In the book, they never see it.
  • In the book, only the undistinguishable gender person is here; in the series, all the troupe comes along (they even stop them from leaving the house when Aunt Josephine and Olaf go on their date). 
  • Also, we hear Olaf reveal himself to Aunt Josephine on the date in the series; in the book, she tells them what happened when they find her at Curdled Cave, much later (he told her over the phone instead).
  • Violet planned to make a ladder to climb out the Wide Window to escape in the series. In the book, she and her siblings sit about when they hear the glass shatter.


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