Season 2, Ep 5, Aired 2/13/86
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  • Episode Description
  • Blackadder's rich and Puritanical aunt and uncle pay him a visit to discuss his inheritance the same night he has a beer drinking contest.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rowan Atkinson

    Edmund Blackadder

  • Miriam Margolyes

    Lady Whiteadder

  • Tim McInnerny

    Lord Percy

  • Hugh Laurie

    Simon Partridge

  • Roger Blake

    Geoffrey Piddle

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • When you say beer, I pass water.

    By unlvwheeler, Jul 21, 2006

  • Lord and Lady Whiteadder arrive just at the wrong moment... and Blackadder's inheritance hangs in the balance. Oh dear!

    By insane-romantic, May 01, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • (A knock on the door.) Aunt: Edmund! I trust you have invited no other guests? Edmund: Oh, certainly not! Aunt: Good. For where there are other guests there are people to fornicate with! Edmund: Well, quite. (More knocking) Edmund: I'll just go and tell them to Fornicate Off.

    • Edmund: Well done, and now, returning to the real world: Do you have a knife? Baldrick: Yeah. Edmund: Good, because I wish to quickly send off some party invitations, and, to make them look particularly tough, I wish to write them in blood. Your blood, to be precise. Baldrick: So, how much blood will you actually be requiring, my-lord? Edmund: Oh, nothing much, just a small puddle. Baldrick: Will you want me to cut anything off? An arm or a leg, for instance? Edmund: Oh, good lord, no a little prick should do. Baldrick: Very well, my-lord; I am your bondsman and must obey. (sticks his knife down his trousers and begins sawing) Edmund: For God's sake, Baldrick! I meant a little prick on your finger! Baldrick: I haven't got one there!

    • Edmund: Right, now; the sort of person we're looking for is an aggressive drunken lout with the intelligence of a four year old and the sexual sophistication of a donkey… Percy: (thinks) Cardinal Woolsey…

    • Blackadder: This is a house of simple purity. Monk: { Runs in and vomits in fireplace } Great booze-up, Edmund! Lady Whiteadder: Do you know that man? Blackadder: No. Lady Whiteadder: He called you Edmund Blackadder: Oh, know him? Yes, I do. Lady Whiteadder: Then can you explain what he meant by "great booze-up"? Blackadder: { very long pause } Yes, I can. My friend is a missionary and on his last visit abroad brought back with him the chief of a famous tribe. His name is Great Boo. He's been suffering from sleeping sickness and he's obviously just woken because as you've heard, Great Boo's up.

    • Blackadder: Get the door, Baldrick. (There is a crash and Baldrick enters with the door) Blackadder: Baldrick, I would advise you to make the explanation you are about to give, phenomenally good. Baldrick: You said get the door. Blackadder: Not good enough, you're fired. Baldrick: But, my lord, I've been in your family since 1532. Blackadder: So has syphilis. Now get out.

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    Notes (2)

    • Edmund invites Cardinal Woolsey to his drinking party, noting his sexual depravity. In the previous episode "Money," he also mentioned Cardinal Woolsey 'getting his knob out at Hampton Court.'

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Hugh Laurie (Simon Partridge) on the series. He would later play Prince Ludwig in "Chains", Prince George in Season Three and Lt. George in Season Four.

    Trivia (3)

    • In this episode, Edmund invites Cardinal Woosley to his drinking party. However, this would not be possible, as Cardinal Woosley passed away in 1530 and Elizabeth I was not crowned queen until 1559.

    • End Credit Lyrics: Blackadder couldn't hold his beer, The art of boozing he's not mastered. And I, your merry balladeer, am also well and truly plastered. Blackadder, Blackadder, A bit like Robin Hood. Blackadder, Blackadder, But nothing like as good. Blackadder, Blackadder, I thought that he had died, Blackadder, Blackadder, The writers must have lied.

    • When Edmund slams the door on the cupboard with the queen inside you see the room flap. It is obviously a tarp room. When Edmund stumbles back into the room drunk near the end and insults his aunt and uncle, Tim McInnerny (Lord Percy) is mouthing Edmund’s dialogue.

    Allusions (1)

    • Queenie's line: "I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman, but I have the heart and stomach of a concrete elephant!" is a play on the speech given to the troops at Tilbury by Queen Elizabeth I: "I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king..."

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