Robin Hood

The Taxman Cometh

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 11/11/06
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  • Episode Description
  • When Robin and his gang encounter Flaxton, a farmer, and his son while on their way to Nottingham it doesn't take them long to discover all is not as it seems. When they discover that Flaxton is actually a tax inspector, on his way to count the mountain of tax silver in Nottingham Castle a plan is hatched to allow Robin access to the castle vault.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gordon Kennedy

    Little John

  • Harry Lloyd

    Will Scarlett

  • Joe Armstrong


  • Jonas Armstrong

    Robin Hood

  • Richard Armitage

    Guy of Gisbourne

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • A cleverly written plot but still not the oomph I was expecting.

    By chazzock, Nov 16, 2006

  • In the world of taxmen and nuns...

    By kennyc18, Nov 29, 2006

  • Outtricking the Sheriff and Robin, with clever twists, and good characters

    By extremegirl, Nov 28, 2006

  • Nuns, Taxmen and Treachery *spoilers*

    By queerlybeloved, Nov 13, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (34)

    • Cedric: Get over it! (Will turns around, his eyes flashing and back slaps Cedric) Will: You get over it...

    • Much: (As Robin and Much go from town to town giving the villagers money) What are you trying to do, feed the world? Robin: Don't give me any ideas.

    • Robin: Do you know who I am? I am Robin Hood.

    • Sir Edward: Gisborne came to see you, just now. Marian: He will be back. Sir Edward: We will be strong.

    • Robin: Anybody as good as our friend the tax inspector wouldn't settle for a few pounds for catching some outlaws. Not when the tax money of the north is on offer. Alan-A-Dale: So? Robin: So Djaq you go back untie him, let him over power you. Now we will follow him and if I am right he will lead us to some very wealthy crooks.

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    Notes (1)

    • This episode first aired in the United States on Saturday April 7, 2007.

    Allusions (2)

    • Gisborne tells the Sheriff that the Abbess was leading a party of pilgrims to Canterbury and the Sheriff mentions Thomas a Becket. Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162-1170. He argued with King Edward II about the privileges of the church. Such was the enmity between the men that Edward was reputedly heard to remark ‘Will no-one rid me of this turbulent priest?’ and on December 29 1170, four of Edward’s knights- believing the King’s words to be a royal command- murdered Becket within Canterbury Cathedral itself. Shortly after, Becket was venerated as a martyr and canonized by Pope Alexander III in 1173. It was a very popular pilgrimage site. Chaucer’s famous work The Canterbury Tales takes the premise of a pilgrimage to Becket’s shrine as a framework for the individual tales.

    • The title of the episode The Taxman Cometh could be a take on The Iceman Cometh, a play by American playwright Eugene O’Neill.

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