Season 3 Episode 3

Nob and Nobility

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Oct 01, 1987 on BBC
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After the Scarlet Pimpernel gets high praises Blackadder makes a bet that he can go to France and rescue aristocrats, too.

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  • Fantasic episode

    This has to be one of the best episodes of the Black Adder series. Rowan Atkinson, Tony Robinson, and Chris Barrie(as the evil revolutionary) deiliever stellar performances.

    Chris Barrie as the evil revolutionary is 100% hillarous : \"On the contary I despise you

    english with your boring trousers

    and your misconstrud conception

    that french men are great lovers.

    I\'m french and I\'m hung like a

    baby carrot and peite pois\"

    And Rowan Atkinson delivers on of the funniest line of Black Adder the Third :

    Black Adder :\"I am annoyed so I kick the cat, the cat pounces on the mouse and the mouse bites you on the behind\"

    Baldrick :\"Well what am I supposed to do?\"

    Black Adder :\"Nothing you are last in Gods great chain, unless theres a earwig arond here that you\'d like to victumise\"moreless
Tim McInnerny

Tim McInnerny

Lord Topper

Guest Star

Nigel Planer

Nigel Planer

Lord Smedley

Guest Star

Chris Barrie

Chris Barrie


Guest Star

Helen Atkinson-Wood

Helen Atkinson-Wood

Mrs. Miggins

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The real identity of the Scarlet Pimpernel in the 1905 novel was that of Lord Percy. Tim McInnerny, who played the Scarlet Pimpernel/Count Frou Frou/Lord Topper in this episode also played Lord Percy in the previous season of the show.

    • After the Scarlet Pimpernel (Lord Smedley) jumps into the corner and dies, you can clearly see him breathing afterwards (may be intentional).

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Blackadder: You see the ancient Greeks, your Highness, wrote in legend of a terrible container in which all the evils of the world were trapped. How prophetic they were. All they got wrong was the name. They called it 'Pandora's Box', when of course they meant 'Baldrick's Trousers'.

    • Ambassador: I hate you English. With your boring trousers and your shiny toilet paper and your ridiculous preconceptions that Frenchmen are great lovers. I'm French and I'm hung like a baby carrot and a couple of 'petits pois'.

    • Baldrick: HURRAY! It's the Scarlet Pimpinel!
      Blackadder: Yes, Baldrick.
      Baldrick: (Realizing) And you killed him...
      Blackadder: Yes, Baldrick, (angrily) I mean, what's the bloody point of being the Scarlet Pimpinel, if you're gonna fall for the old poisoned cup routine?

    • Blackadder: Now listen Fru-Fru, would you like to earn some money?
      Fru-Fru: (Frowning in disappointment) No I wouldn't. I would like other people to earn it and then give it to me. Just like in France in the good old days!

    • Blackadder: Le Cont de Fru-Fru, I believe?
      Fru-Fru: Eh?
      Blackadder: Do you speak English?
      Fru-Fru: A little.
      Blackadder: Yes. When you say "a little" what exactly do you mean? I mean, can we talk, or are we going to spend the rest of the afternoon asking each other the way to the beach in very loud voices?

    • Baldrick: It doesn't really matter, 'cause the Scarlet Pimpernel will save us anyway.
      Blackadder: No he won't Baldrick, either I think up an idea, or tomorrow we die; which Baldrick I'll have to tell you I have no intention of doing, because I want to be young and wild, and then I want to be middle aged and rich, and then I want to be old and annoy people by pretending I'm deaf.

    • (Blackadder enters the room and kicks the cat right off the floor.)
      Baldrick: Oh sir, poor little Mildred the cat, what's she ever done to you?
      Blackadder: It is the way of the world Baldrick, the abused always kick downwards: I'm annoyed, and so I kick the cat, the cat (mouse squeaks) pounces on the mouse, and finally the mouse...
      Baldrick: Ahhhh!
      Blackadder: ...bites you on the behind.
      Baldrick: And what do I do?
      Blackadder: Nothing, you are last in God's great chain Baldrick. Unless of course there's an earwig around here that you'd like to victimize.

    • Baldrick: I'm glad to say I don't think you'll be needing those pills, Mr. B.
      Blackadder: Am I jumping the gun, Baldrick, or are the words "I have a cunning plan" marching with ill-deserved confidence in the direction of this conversation?
      Baldrick: They certainly are.
      Blackadder: Well, forgive me if I don't do jump up and down with glee; your record in this department is not exactly 100%. So what's the plan?
      Baldrick: We do nothing…
      Blackadder: Yup, it's another world-beater.
      Baldrick: No, wait. I haven't finished. We do nothing… until our heads have actually been cut off.
      Blackadder: And then we…spring into action?

    • Blackadder: We hate the French! We fight wars against the French! Did all those men die in vain on the fields of Agincourt? Was the man who burned Joan of Arc just wasting good matches?

    • Fru-Fru: Have no fear. The Scarlet Pimpernel will save us?
      Blackadder: Ha! Some hope. The Pimpernel is the most over-rated human being since Judas Iscariot won the AD31 Best Disciple Competition.

    • Mrs. Miggins: Bonjour, Monsieur.
      Blackadder: Excuse me.
      Mrs. Miggins: It's French.
      Blackadder: So is eating frogs, cruelty to geese and urinating on the streets.

    • Blackadder: (to Baldrick) Unless I think of something, tomorrow we go to meet our Maker: in my case God, in your case God knows.

    • Edmund: In the middle of Dover Harbor we were struck by a tidal wave and I was forced to swim to Boulogne with the unconscious Baldrick tucked into my trousers. Then we were taken to Paris where I was summarily tried and condemned to death and then hung by the larger of my testicles from the walls of the Bastille. It was then that I decided I'd had enough.

    • Baldrick: They seek 'im 'ere
      They seek 'im there
      Those frenchies seek 'im everywhere.
      Is 'e in 'eaven or is 'e in 'ell?
      Blackadder: And what's that revolting garlic smell!

    • Evil Revolutionary: (Chris Barrie in comedy French accent) No, I won't. I am an evil revolutionary, and 'ave murdered the ambassador and turned him into…………pate.

  • NOTES (3)