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In The Umbrella Academy in the episode "The Day That Wasn't" number five says:

I do owe a debt, but not to you.

Is it specified in the comics who he was referring to?

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Number Five's arc in this episode roughly follows The Umbrella Academy: Dallas issue 3, "Television, Or Are You There, God? It's Me, Klaus", but I don't believe the answer really exists there since the adaptation is a bit different.

Simply put, Number Five owes the debt to his family, and the episode is him setting things up to come back to help them avert the apocalypse.

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    Having re-read the comic for the question, I can confirm the answer is not in the comics. It begins to perhaps tell us, but then Five is interrupted by the monocle. – Broklynite Feb 21 at 14:21

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