Blackadder

Season 3 Episode 4

Sense and Senility

3
Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Oct 08, 1987 on BBC
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The Prince Regent hires a pair of actors to teach him to give better speeches and earn the people's respect after an anarchist tries to blow him up at the theatre.

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  • I Love this episode! Aahhhhh. Hot potato, off his drawers, Puck will make amends. Aaahh.

    10
    I Love This episode!



    My Favorite scene:



    Mossop: ...lest you continue in your quotations and mention the name of the "Scottish Play".

    Keanrick: Oh-ho... never fear, I shan't do that.

    Blackadder: By the "Scottish Play", I assume you mean Macbeth.

    Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato, off his drawers, Puck will make amends. Aaahh.

    Blackadder: What was that?

    Keanrick: We were exorcising evil spirits. Being but a mere butler, you will not know the great theatre tradition that one does never speak the name of the "Scottish Play".

    Blackadder: What, Macbeth?

    Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato, off his drawers, Puck will make amends. Ohhh.

    Blackadder: Good lord, you mean you have to do that every time I say Macbeth?

    Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato, off his drawers, Puck will make amends. Owwww.

    Mossop: Will you please stop saying that. Always call it the "Scottish Play".

    Blackadder: So you want me to say the "Scottish Play"?

    Mossop and Keanrick: (shout) Yes.

    Blackadder: Rather than Macbeth?

    Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato, off his drawers, Puck will make amends. Owwwwww.

    Prince George: For heaven's sake, what is all this hullabaloo, all this shouting and screaming and yelling blue murder? Why... it's like that play we saw the other day, what was it called... umm...

    Blackadder: Macbeth, sir?

    Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato, off his drawers, Puck will make amends. Owwwwww.

    Prince George: No, no, it was called Julius Caesar.

    Blackadder: Ah, yes, of course. Julius Caesar... not Macbeth.

    Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato, off his drawers, Puck will make amends. Owwwwww.



    In the episode Blakadder says Macbeth a total of 9 times.moreless
  • extremely funny

    7.1
    another great episode

    the actors you really love to despise in this episode, so much so you love what happens at the end when blackadder has them arrested for conspiracy. My favourite quote in this episode would have to be the conversation between baldrick and blackadder:

    Blackadder: I just about had it up to here with that prince! One more insult and I'll be handing in my notice!

    Baldrick: Does that mean I'll be butler?

    Blackadder: Not unless some kindly passing surgeon cuts you head open with a spade and sticks a brain in it.

    Baldrick: Oh right

    Blackadder: I don't know why I put up with it I really don't! Every year at the Guild of Butlers' Christmas Party I'm the one who has to wear the red nose and the pointy hat for winng the "Who's got the stupidest master?" competition. All I can say is that he better watch out! One more foot wrong and the contract between us will be a broken as this milk jug.

    Baldrick: But that milk jug's not broken

    Blackadder: You really do walk into these things don't you Baldrick

    [Blackadder smashes the milk jug over Baldrick's head]moreless
Ben Elton

Ben Elton

Anarchist

Guest Star

Hugh Paddick

Hugh Paddick

Keanrick

Guest Star

Kenneth Connor

Kenneth Connor

Mossop

Guest Star

Helen Atkinson-Wood

Helen Atkinson-Wood

Mrs. Miggins

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (20)

    • Mossop: All great orators roar before commencing their speeches. It is the way of things. Ah, Mr. Keanrick, from your Hamlet, please.
      Keanrick: Hh-hmm… (orates) OOOOoooohhhhh… To be or not to be.
      Mossop: From your Julius Caesar.
      Keanrick: OoooHHHHOOOOHHH… Friends, Romans, countrymen…
      (Blackadder enters, carrying a tray.)
      Mossop: From your leading character, in a play connected with Scotland.
      Blackadder: That's *Macbeth*, isn't it?
      Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh! Hot potato, orchestra stalls, Puck will make amends. Owwwwww, oh, oww…
      Mossop: (very nasally) Let's all roar together, shall we? One, two, three…
      (The actors and the Prince roar - the Prince's roar being louder and embarrassingly long.)
      Keanrick: Excellent, Your Highness. Now shall we try putting it all together?
      George: Right. (adopts his heroic stance, screws up his face) RRROOOAAAAHHHHHHHH… (glances at his speech) Unaccustomed as I am to public speaking…

    • Blackadder: I don't know *why* I put up with it. I really don't. Every year at the Guild of Butlers' Christmas Party, I'm the one who has to wear the red nose and the pointy hat for winning the Who's-Got-The-Stupidest-Master" Competition. Well, all I can say is, he'd better watch out! One more foot wrong and the contract between us will be as broken as this milk-jug.
      Baldrick: But that milk-jug isn't broken.
      Blackadder: You really do walk into these things, don't you?
      (Smashes the milk-jug on Baldrick's head.)

    • Baldrick: My uncle Baldrick was in a play once.
      Blackadder: Really?
      Baldrick: Yeah, it was called Macbeth.
      Blackadder: And what did he play?
      Baldrick: Second codpiece... Macbeth wore him in the fight scenes.
      Blackadder: So he was a stunt codpiece. (sips his tea) Did he have a large part?
      Baldrick: Depends who's playing Macbeth.

    • George: Oh, I just had another brilliant thought.
      Blackadder: (skeptically) Another one, Your Highness?
      George: Yes, another one, actually! You remember that one I, I had about, uh, wearing underwear on the outside to save on laundry bills?

    • George: Egads, it's that oppressed mass again. Die!
      (Starts strangeling Baldrick)
      Blackadder: No sir, that is Baldrick, spring cleaning.
      George: Oh so it is.
      Blackadder: Finish the job later, Baldrick.
      Baldrick: Very well sir. The cleaning or the being strangled?
      Blackadder: Either suits me.

    • George: Oh no! What a mad blundering, incredibly handsome young nincompoop I've been!

    • George: (to Blackadder) I'm fed up with you treating me as if I'm some kind of a thicky! It's not me that's thick - it's you, and you know why? Because I'm a bloody Prince, and you're only a butler! Now, go and get those actors this minute, Mr Thicky Black Thicky Adder Thicky.

    • Blackadder: Baldrick, I would like to say how much I will miss your honest, friendly companionship.
      Baldrick: Thank you, Mr B.
      Blackadder: But, as we both know, it would be an utter lie. I will therefore confine myself to saying simply, 'Sod off and if I ever meet you again, it will be twenty billion years too soon.'

    • Blackadder: Now that evil Mossop and Keanrick have got their comeuppance, the Drury Lane theater is free. I thought we might celebrate by staging a little play that I've written.
      Prince George: Oh, what an excellent idea. And with my new found acting skills, might there be a part in it for me do you think?
      Blackadder: I was hoping that you might play the title role sir.
      Prince George: What a roaringly good idea. What's the play called?
      Blackadder: "Thick Jack Clot sits in the stocks, and gets pelted with rancid tomatoes."
      Prince George: Excellent!

    • Blackadder: Mrs Miggins, I'm looking for a couple of actors.
      Mrs Miggins: Well, you've come to right place Mr B. There's more Shakespearean dialogue in here than there are buns. All my lovely actors pop in on their way to rehearsals for a little cup of coffee and a big dollop of inspiration.
      Blackadder: You mean they actually rehearse? I thought they just got drunk, stuck on a silly hat and trusted to luck.
      Mrs Miggins: Oh, no! There's ever so much hard work goes into the wonderful magic that is theatre today. Still I don't expect you'd know much about that, being only a little butler.
      Blackadder: They do say, Mrs M, that verbal insults hurt more than physical pain. They are of course wrong, as you will soon discover when I stick this toasting fork in your head.

    • Blackadder: And what play is this?
      Mossop: It is a piece we penned ourselves called "The bloody murder of the foul prince Romero and his enormous-bosomed wife".
      Blackadder: A philosophical work then!
      Keanrick: Indeed yes sir, the violence of the murder, and the vastness of the bosom ane entirely justified artistically!

    • Prince George: (Calling from above) Come on Blackadder, we'll miss the first act!
      Blackadder: Coming sir, as fast as I can! (Leans back and crosses his feet on top of the table) Stick the kettle on Baldrick!

    • Baldrick: You look smart Mr. Blackadder, going somewhere nice?
      Blackadder: No, I'm off to the theater.
      Baldrick: What don't you like it then?
      Blackadder: No, I don't! A lot of stupid actors strutting around, shouting, with their chests thrust out so far, you'd think their nipples were attached to a pair of charging elephants! And the worst thing about it is having to go with Prince Mini-brain!
      Baldrick: What doesn't he like it either?
      Blackadder: No, no he loves it. The problem is he doesn't realize it's made up! Last year, when Brutus was about to kill Julius Cesar, the prince yelled out: 'Look behind you Mr. Cesar!'

    • (Discovering Baldrick in a wooden chest.)
      Prince George: Anarchist!
      Baldrick: Cleaner!
      Prince George: All right, so you've had a wash, that's no excuse! Die! (attempts to strangle him)
      Blackadder: (Entering) Sir, that is Baldrick, spring cleaning.
      Prince George: Rubbish! Look he's got a bomb!
      Blackadder: That's not a bomb, it's a sponge.
      Prince George: Oh yes, so it is. Well get it out of here at once, before it explodes!

    • Blackadder: And incidentally Baldrick, actors are very superstitious, on no account mention the word "Macbeth" this evening, alright?
      Baldrick:Why not?
      Blackadder:It brings them bad luck and makes them very unhappy.
      Baldrick: Oh, so you won't be mentioning it either?
      Blackadder:No. (pauses) Well not very often.

    • Blackadder: Gentlemen, I've come with a proposition.
      Mossop: How dare you, sir. You think, just because we're actors, we sleep with everyone.
      Blackadder: I think, being actors, you're lucky to sleep with anyone.

    • Keanrick: Why, your very posture tells me, "Here is a man of true greatness."
      Blackadder: Either that or "Here are my genitals, please kick them."

    • Prince George: Why on earth would an anarchist possibly want to kill you?
      Blackadder: I think it might've been you he was after, sir.
      Prince George: Oh hogwash! What on earth makes you say that?
      Blackadder: Well, my suspicions were first aroused by his use of the words, "Death to the stupid Prince."

    • Mossop: …lest you continue in your quotations and mention the name of the "Scottish Play".
      Keanrick: Oh-ho… never fear, I shan't do that.
      Blackadder: By the "Scottish Play", I assume you mean Macbeth.
      Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. {Start slapping hands}Hot potato. Orchestra stalls. Puck will make amends. {Grab each other's nose}Aaahh.
      Blackadder: What was that?
      Keanrick: We were exorcising evil spirits. Being but a mere butler, you will not know the great theatre tradition that one does never speak the name of the "Scottish Play".
      Blackadder: What, Macbeth?
      Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato. Orchestra stalls. Puck will make amends. Ohhh.
      Blackadder: Good lord, you mean you have to do that every time I say Macbeth?
      Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato. Orchestra stalls. Puck will make amends. Owwww.
      Mossop: Will you please stop saying that. Always call it the "Scottish Play".
      Blackadder: So you want me to say the "Scottish Play"?
      Mossop and Keanrick: (shout) Yes.
      Blackadder: Rather than Macbeth?
      Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato. Orchestra stalls. Puck will make amends. Owwwwww.
      Prince George: Say, what is all this hullabaloo, all this shouting and screaming and yelling blue murder? Why… it's like that play we saw the other day, what was it called… umm…
      Blackadder: Macbeth, sir?
      Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato. Orchestra stalls. Puck will make amends. Owwwwww.
      Prince George: No, no, it was called Julius Caesar.
      Blackadder: Ah, yes, of course. Julius Caesar… not Macbeth.
      Mossop and Keanrick: Aahhhhh. Hot potato. Orchestra stalls. Puck will make amends. Owwwwww.

    • Blackadder: The world cries out for peace, freedom, and a few less fat bastards eating all the pie.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • George Stephenson: When Blackadder is reading the classified ads, he mentions George Stephenson having invented a moving kettle. He's referring to the inventor of the steam engine.

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