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The Ersatz Elevator: Part Two 

The Baudelaires find their friends - and lose them - at the bottom of an elevator shaft. Count Olaf conducts an auction in disguise.


Bo Welch


Daniel Handler (based on the books by) (as Lemony Snicket), Daniel Handler (teleplay by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Neil Patrick Harris ... Count Olaf
Patrick Warburton ... Lemony Snicket
Malina Weissman ... Violet Baudelaire
Louis Hynes ... Klaus Baudelaire
K. Todd Freeman ... Arthur Poe
Presley Smith ... Sunny Baudelaire
Lucy Punch ... Esmé Squalor
Avi Lake ... Isadora Quagmire
Dylan Kingwell ... Duncan Quagmire
Sara Rue ... Olivia Caliban
Nathan Fillion ... Jacques Snicket
Tony Hale ... Jerome Squalor
Patrick Breen ... Larry Your-Waiter
Usman Ally ... Hook-Handed Man
Matty Cardarople ... Henchperson of Indeterminate Gender


After the Baudelaires find the Quagmire triplets, they discover that Esme Squalor isn't all she seemed. The Librarian from Prufrock Prep takes an interest in the Baudelaires and visits Mr Poe, where she meets Jaqueline who puts her in contact with Jacques Snicket. The Baudelaires lose the Quagmires again and think they are being kept in a box being auctioned off and labelled VFD. Unfortunately this turns out to be a red herring. Written by Fran Waite

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Release Date:

30 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ersatz Elevator: Part Two See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lot #49 is V.F.D. In the book, V.F.D. is Lot #50, while Lot #49 is an antique stamp collection - a reference to The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon. See more »


Towards the end of the episode start at around the 38:30 marker, there is a modern-looking car (possibly a Fiat make) parked across the street behind Mr. Poe as he talks with the children. The car can better be seen behind Snicket to his right when Snicket continues narrating a moment later. Although the time setting is ambiguous, most of the series is seemingly closer to the 1940s-1950s and any advanced technology is loosely referenced (ie: streaming TV shows on the internet) or absurdly depicted. See more »


Esmé Squalor: There's nothing quite like a luxurious 46-course lunch followed by a handful of hot pickled fish and several lengthy musical numbers.
Count Olaf: You flatter me.
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neil patrick harris seems to be channelling karl lagerfeld here
3 April 2018 | by davidm-14See all my reviews

The orphans are still in the clutches of their latest guardians, esme and julian squalor, in the penthouse of 667 dark avenue. what will be the fate of their friends, the quagmires, and how is the mysterious auction involved?

the second season often reminds me of the visual style of "the addams family" movies that barry sonnenfeld directed (his name is in the mix of creative people involved). nathan fillion and tony hale are welcome additions to this odd universe.

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