Season 3 Episode 5

Amy and Amiability

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Oct 15, 1987 on BBC
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Episode Summary

After Parliament cuts off the Prince's money he decides to marry a rich lady who obtains her money by moonlighting as a notorious highwayman.

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  • The best Blackadder III episode!

    Miranda Richardson's dual-personalitied character is priceless. The whole episode is incredible, of course, but I'd say that the best part of it is watching "The Shadow" shoot squirrels (*bang!* *squeek!* *thump!*). I also appreciate the scene with Miss Sally Cheapside and her father, the Duke ("*tsk* No pleasing some horses..."). This episode has tons of awesome lines and keeps with the theme of the third season (Blackadder isn't allowed to insult people quite as freely or do quite as he pleases because he is under the prince's command, so he's forced to be more sneaky and persuasive about things). My favorite Blackadder the III episode, I'd say.moreless
Miranda Richardson

Miranda Richardson

Amy Hardwood

Guest Star

Warren Clarke

Warren Clarke

Mr. Hardwood

Guest Star

Barbara Horne

Barbara Horne

Sally Cheapside

Guest Star

Helen Atkinson-Wood

Helen Atkinson-Wood

Mrs. Miggins

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Blackadder: The girl is wetter than a haddock's bathing costume.

    • Blackadder: Ha! I laugh at danger and drop ice cubes down the vest of fear.

    • Blackadder: Baldrick, have you no idea what irony is?
      Baldrick: Yes, it's like goldy and bronzy only it's made out of iron.

    • Blackadder: I'm as poor as a church mouse, that's just had an enormous tax bill on the very day his wife ran off with another mouse, taking all the cheese.

    • George: I'm a gay bachelor, Blackadder. I'm a roarer, a rogerer, a gorger and a puker! I can't marry, I'm young, I'm firm buttocked…

    • George: Honestly, Blackadder, I don't know why I'm bothering to get dressed. Soon as I get to the Naughty Hellfire Club, I'll be debagged and radished for non-payment of debts.
      Blackadder: Radished, sir?
      George: Yes, they pull your britches down and push a large radish right up your-
      Blackadder: Yes yes yes all right! There's no need to hammer it home.
      George: As a matter of fact, they do often have to-
      Blackadder: No. NOOO!

    • Blackadder: I can see where your daughter got her ready wits.
      Mr. Hardwood: (Smiling) I thank you.
      Blackadder:Although where she got her good looks and charms is perhaps more of a mystery.
      Mr. Hardwood: (Frowning) No one ever made money out of good looks and charms!
      Blackadder: (Smiling) You obviously haven't met Lady Hamilton sir.

    • Blackadder: He (meaning the prince) wants to marry your lovely daughter.
      Mr. Hardwood: (Staggering back) Can it be possibly true? Surely love has never crossed such boundaries of class!
      Amy Hardwood: Well, what about you and Mum?
      Mr. Hardwood: Well, yes, yes I'll grant ye when I first met her, I was the farmers son and she was just the lass who ate the dung but that was an exception.
      Amy Hardwood: And auntie Dot and uncle Dan!
      Mr. Hardwood: Yes, yes alright, he was a pig poker and she was the duchess of Argyle but...
      Amy Hardwood: And auntie Ruth and uncle Isaiah, she was a milkmaid and he was...
      Mr. Hardwood: ...The Pope! Yes, yes alright!

    • Blackadder: (Holding a cut up newspaper) You've been cutting out the cuttings from the elusive Shadow to put in your highwayman's scrapbook haven't you?
      Baldrick: Oh I can't help it mr. B!
      His life is so dark and shadowy and full of fear and trepidation!
      Blackadder: So is going to the toilet in the middle of the night, but you don't keep a scrapbook on it!
      Baldrick: I do...

    • Duke of Cheapside: (to Blackadder, as a highwayman) A man's soft lips are his own private kingdom!

    • Miss Cheapside: Papa, you did nothing to defend my honor.
      Duke of Cheapside: Ah, shut your face, you pregnant junkie fag hag.

    • Blackadder: Bills, bills, bills. One is born, one runs up bills, one dies. What have I got to show for it? Nothing. A butler's uniform and a slightly effeminate hairdo. Sometimes I feel like a pelican - whichever way I turn I still have an enormous bill in front of me.

    • Blackadder: Have you ever been to Wales, Baldrick?
      Baldrick: No, but I've often thought I'd like to.
      Blackadder: Well don't. It's a ghastly place. Huge gangs of tough, sinewy men roam the Valleys, terrifying people with their close-harmony singing. You need half a pint of phlegm in your throat just to pronounce the place names. Never ask for directions in Wales, Baldrick. You'll be washing spit out of your hair for a fortnight.

    • Blackadder: Of the 262 princesses in Europe, 165 are over 80 - they're out - 47 are under 10 - they're out - and 39 are mad.
      Baldrick: They sound ideal.
      Blackadder: They would be if they hadn't all got married last week in Munich to the same horse.

    • Blackadder: She is famous for having the worst personality in Germany and, as you can imagine, that's up against some pretty stiff competition.

    • Blackadder: Mrs. M, if we were the last three humans on earth, I would be trying to start a family with Baldrick.

    • Prince George: {Dictating a letter to Amy} Tally ho, my fine, saucy young trollop. Your luck's in. Trip along here with all your cash and some naughty night attire, and you'll be staring at my bedroom ceiling from now till Christmas, you lucky tart. Yours with the deepest respect etc. Signed George. PS Woof, woof! Well, what do you think?
      Blackadder: It's very moving, sir. Would you mind if I changed just one tiny aspect of it?
      Prince George: Which one?
      Blackadder: The words.

    • Mr. Hardwood: I'd no more place [my daughter] in the hands of an unworthy man than I'd place my John Thomas in the hands of a lunatic with a pair of scissors.

    • Blackadder: Baldrick? Baldrick! Thank you for introducing me to a genuinely new experience!
      Baldrick: What's experience is that?
      Blackadder: Being pleased to see you.

    • Blackadder: (discovering he has only ninepence to his name) Oh, God, what are we going to do?
      Baldrick: Don't worry, Mr. B, I have a cunning plan to solve the problem.
      Blackadder: Yes, Baldrick, let us not forget that you tried to solve the problem of your mother's low ceiling by cutting off her head.

    • Baldrick: Hire you a horse? For ninepence? On Jewish New Year in the rain? A bare fortnight after the dreaded horse plague of Olde London Towne, with the blacksmith's strike in it's fifteenth week and the Dorset horse-fetishist's fair tomorrow?

    • Edmund: What a way to die, shot by a transvestite on an unrealistic grassy knoll.

    • George: It says here she had an accomplice!
      (Blackadder drops his tray.)
      George: But they don't know who it was!
      (The tray jumps back up into Blackadder's hands.)

    • Prince Regent: You know the kinds of girls I like. They've got to be lovers, laughers, dancers.
      Edmund: And bonkers.
      Prince Regent: Well that goes without saying.

    • Mr Hardwood: "Now get out sir, or I shall take me belt off and by thunder me trousers'll fall down"........."I love 'er more than any pig"

    • Blackadder: "Sir, I return from the prince with the most splendid news. He wants your daughter for his wife."
      Mr. Hardwood: "Well his wife can't have her!"

  • NOTES (3)


    • Spinning Jenny: At one point, Blackadder claims that Amy's father invented the "Raveling Nancy". This is a reference to the "Spinning Jenny" invented in 1764.

    • Blackadder, when casting about for a wife for George, mentions Princess Caroline of Brunswick and disparages her personality. In real life, George did, in fact, marry Caroline and the marriage was an unmitigated disaster.

    • Blackadder: "King talks to tree. Phew! What a loony!" The Times has really gone downhill.
      George III did indeed try to hold a conversation with a tree late in his reign. We'll see exactly how mad he is in the next episode.