Number 6 is undertaking his daily exercise routine in the woods. Two heavies arrive and accuse him of being antisocial for not using the community gym, and a fight ensues in which Number 6 defeats the thugs.
In the committee chamber, a villager is seen confessing to being "inadequate and anti-social", and being applauded by others for this admission. Number 6 is invited into the committee room to confess his lack of cooperation, but refuses to do so.
Number 6 is seen being reported in the village newspaper for "further investigation" and others start avoiding him. Number 2 denies having any influence over the committee but warns of the results of non-compliance. Number 86 arrives and warns Number 6 about his non-cooperation.
Number 6's exposure of a community "rehab" process causes the committee to label him uncooperative, and he is taken to a medical facility where he meets a villager (with a scar on his temple) who says he had been labelled as "unmutual" but is now cured. Number 6 again appears before the committee and told he will be labelled for conversion if he doesn't fall into line. He then reads in the "Tally-Ho" and hears over the tannoy that he has been branded "unmutual". Number 6 is being ostracized and Number 2 threatens him with "social conversion". Number 6 is rounded up by the villagers and marched to the medical facility. He is strapped to a table and the conversion process is explained by Number 86, who is in charge of it.
Number 6 wakes up, apparently docile, returns to the community and is welcomed by all. In his flat he sees his cup of tea being drugged (as usual!) by Number 86 and pours it away. Number 2 arrives and questions Number 6 about his resignation, but is rebuffed. Number 86, watching Number 6 remove the dressing covering his "operation scar", doubts that he has been properly conditioned but Number 2 insists that all is well. Number 86 tries to drug Number 6 again, but he takes over the tea-making process, switching the cups so that Number 86 drinks the drugged tea.
In the woods, Number 6 initially appears confused and unable to show aggression, when the thugs reappear. Number 6 is able to get the better of them, however. Number 86 comes to the woods and is hypnotised by Number 6 into explaining how the conditioning process was faked; she is given certain instructions by Number 6.
Number 6 visits Number 2 and convinces him that the ploy has worked, informing him that he wants to tell "everyone". Number 2 arranges for the whole village to hear Number 6's public "confession". The programmed Number 86 arrives and charges Number 2 with "unmutuality", and Number 2 initially walks off pursued by the villagers, and is eventually forced to flee.
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