Jack of All Trades

(ended 2000)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 8

    Seventy Brides For One Brother

    Aired 12/2/00

  • S 2 : Ep 7

    Hamnesia

    Aired 11/25/00

  • S 2 : Ep 6

    One, Two, Three, Give Me Lady Liberty

    Aired 11/18/00

  • S 2 : Ep 5

    Croquey in the Pokey

    Aired 11/11/00

  • S 2 : Ep 4

    The Morning After

    Aired 11/4/00

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bruce Campbell

    Jack Stiles

  • Stephen Papps

    Captain Brogard

  • Angela Dotchin

    Emilia Rothschild

  • Stuart Devenie M.N.Z.M.

    Gov. Croque

  • Mark Williams

    Sailor

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  • "In 1801, the Revolution had been won, and Uncle Sam's favorite son, had a job that needed done.Which brought Jack to a lady, both beautiful and smart. Who found his mix intriguing, a scoundrel with a heart!From the Halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli There was never a leatherneck braver, a daring dragoon is he!He'll halt the bold advance of Napoleon's attack There ain't a French or Pirate rogue Who Don't Know Jack!From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli Sailin' 'round the bloody world to defend democracy. And if ya' think a better man ya'd trust ta watch yer' back, just ask the bloke right next ta ya' (damn right!) It's Jack!"These...enthusiastic lyrics (accompanied by dancing peglegged bar patrons and a talking parrot) kicked off each episode of Jack of All Trades. American spy Jack Stiles is sent by Thomas Jefferson to the tiny East Indies island of Palau-Palau where he teams up with British agent and inventor Emilia Rothschild to thwart the efforts of Napoleon and France in that region of the world. While acting as Emilia's man-servant, Jack dons the masked garb of the legendary Daring Dragoon and fights the local French Governor as well as thwarting various other schemes against America.This series starring cult-favorite Bruce Campbell and produced by Sam Raimi combined various factors from both of their series: the use of a historical setting (sorta) and quirky humor that Raimi had made famous with Hercules and Xena, a mix of The Wild Wild West Jules Verne-tech that was used in Campbell's The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., and the wild stunts that were seen in all of these shows. Airing back to back in syndication with another Raimi production, Cleopatra 2525, Jack lasted two years. Jack of All Trades was created in order to fill the time slot that was made empty when Hercules: The Legendary Journeys finished. The theme song was nominated for the "Outstanding Main Theme Title Song" Emmy in 2000, but lost to The West Wing.moreless

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  • Quotes (111)

    • Jack: Wow, what are you like a mad scientist or something? Emilia: Only mildly irritated. DON'T TOUCH ANYTHING!

    • Brogard: So, we meet again, Mr. 'Fancy Sword and His Flowing Cape.' Jack: Gimme some credit, will you? You know how hard it is to wear this thing and still look dashing?

    • Jack: Say, who's the munchkin? Governor Croque: That is my brother, Monsieur, and the supreme Emperor of France, Napoleon Bonaparte. Emilia: Your Governorship, please excuse my new attaché. He is unschooled in the ways of diplomacy. Governor Croque: He is rather minute, my brother, is he not? Jack: Are you kidding me? The real question is, where does he stash his pot of gold?

    • Jack: (to the lady he's trying to rescue) Say, what's your dress size? French Guard: (coming out and noticing the rest of the guards singing the French national anthem) Kill him, you idiots! Women: How dare you! (slaps Jack across the face.) Jack: What I mean is how much do you weigh? (he slaps him again) Ah, the heck with it!

    • Jack: (there's a knock on the door while he's in bed with Nicole) Beat it, turkey! I'm in the middle of some thanks-giving.

    • Jack: I would have knocked, but my fist had other plans!

    • Nicole: (About Thomas Jefferson, her uncle) What can he do to us? Jack: For the love of God, the man wrote the Declaration of Independence! He can always finish it with 'except for Jack.' Now get going!

    • Jack: Say, Gov, where do you keep your porcelain throne around here? Croque: This manor has a hundred bathrooms, Monsieur Stiles. Jack: (Chuckling) You must get a lot of reading done.

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    Notes (13)

    • There is an actual Micronesian Island called Palau located about 500 miles east of the Philippines. During the period represented on Jack of All Trades, it was under Spanish rule as part of the Spanish East Indies.

    • Bruce and Angela had previously appeared together in the Xena episode "Tsunami".

    • When the show Jack of All Trades was first being developed they had Bruce Campbell (Jack Stiles) as an Englishman during the Elizabethan Period. Emilia was to be a Frenchwoman and the bad guys were going to be Spanish. Bruce had a talk with the producers where he explained that since he always played himself whatever the role might be, they should make Jack an American. Hence the change of venue, time period, and nationalities.

    • Angela Dotchin and guest star John Leigh have worked together closely before this episode of Jack. The two played the married couple Kirsty Knight and Lionel Skeggins on the Kiwi soap Shortland Street during the mid to late 90s.

    • "Shemp Wooley", who is credited with voicing the parrot Jean-Claude, is rumored to be an alias for Bruce Campbell. The term "Shemp" is known to go back to Bruce, Rob Tapert, and Ted and Sam Raimi's love for The Three Stooges, and frequently used the alias "Shemp" for cameos that they performed in various projects, including The Evil Dead movies.

    • Benjamin Franklin was a US Ambassador to the King of France during the Revolutionary War. He was also an Ambassador to England before the war started, but after being deliberately humiliated in the House of Lords he returned to America to help prepare for the Revoltion.

    • Bruce Campbell and Jodie Dorday previously worked together in the Xena episode "The Quest".

    • This episode's working title was "Tales From A Crypt".

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    Trivia (22)

    • Goof: While fencing with Brogard on the ship, the clasp on Jack's cape switches from being undone to done, the shift taking place after Jacks says, "Tag, you're it!"

    • Goof: When Emilia removes the letter from Thomas Jefferson from the hidden pocket in Jack's coat, it was clearly not sealed, even though it had a wax seal on it, and was not meant for Jack to have seen previously.

    • Nitpick: After Jack falls out the window and then climbs back in, you can see his icy breath even though they're in tropical Palau Palau in broad daylight - New Zealand that time of year is kind of chilly, though.

    • We hear the name of Jack's horse for the first time here - "Nutcracker", aptly named for Jack's habit of dropping onto the saddle from a story or two up in the air.

    • Nitpick: The main story revolves around Blackbeard kidnapping Benjamin Franklin for profit from the French. The show takes place in 1801. Blackbeard died in 1714 and Franklin died in 1790.

    • Nitpick: Croque tells to get Blackbeard a shot of penicillin. Penicillin was not invented until 1928.

    • Nitpick: Jack pulls out a hundred dollar bill with Franklin on it, but that was an anachronism- they didn't even print hundreds until much later.

    • We learn that it was Jack who came up with the idea of the Boston Tea Party and unmasked the traitor Benedict Arnold. Arnold was one of Washington's finest officers, but when he didn't get the credit he deserved for the American army's victory at the Battle of Saratoga he turned to the British, who promised to give him his just due.

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    Allusions (42)

    • Title This episode's title is a nod to the 1972 Bruce Lee action movie Return of the Dragon. Lee wrote, directed, and starred in the movie, which used comedy as well as kung fu to entertain audiences.

    • Jefferson alludes to the apocryphal story that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree in his youth and when asked about it said, "I cannot tell a lie. I did it."

    • Jack paraphrases the American Constitution in his "We the people of Palau Palau" speech as the Daring Dragoon.

    • M. Martin isn't the only spy to use a "staff" for his code, though the Spartans used a wooden one for theirs. They would wrap a strip of parchment around a staff and write a message on it, then take it off and send the unintelligible strip to the recipient, who would have a staff of the same size. That way when the strip was wrapped the letters would line up properly, but if the strip was stolen there was no way to decode it without a staff of the right size.

    • M. Martin was reading "Let Them Eat Cake" by Marie Antoinette, alluding to the apocryphal story that when she was told that the people of Paris were begging for bread she said "Let them eat cake". Napoleon came to power after the overthrow of the King of France and his wife Marie Antoinette.

    • Title:
      The title is a nod to the c boxing movie, Raging Bull.

    • Quote: Maxi Me Napoleon (Verne Troyer) often is carried about in a chair carried by a large servant. This character is credited as "Maxi Me". Verne played a character called "Mini Me" in the Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

    • Emilia: Oh, don't come crying to me when your wax wings melt. This is a reference to the Greek myth of Daedelus and Icarus. Daedelus, a famous inventor, created wings for himself and his son Icarus but warned the boy not to fly too high because the wax holding the feathers on would melt. Icarus ignored his warning and crashed into the sea and drowned.

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  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • A sitcom that, perhaps, the world just wasn't ready for yet.

    By shocker713, Sep 21, 2008

  • Jack of all trades is by far the biggest waste of time but also one of the best ways to relax at the end of the day. Pure comedy with a little sexual tension to make it fun.

    By timmer_1, Jun 08, 2007

  • Well, we can't have the Stooges, back, so this is a reasonable replacement

    By babylon5fan, Feb 16, 2007

  • WOW, the single greatest opening theme to a show ever, ever...

    By walkerctranger, Dec 22, 2006

  • Bruce Campbell blue light special. Zaney and silly comedy. A must see to believe.

    By Inapendents, Dec 18, 2006

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