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    illegalferret

    [41]Aug 1, 2010
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    I'm having a complete blank on which episode it comes from but the bit when Uther shouts "I am your King you will show me some respect!"


    On a slightly lighter note i also the bit at the end of the 1st Children in Need special when he says "Give us your money or i will cut off your head"

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    dpebbleson

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    illegalferret wrote:

    I'm having a complete blank on which episode it comes from but the bit when Uther shouts "I am your King you will show me some respect!"


    On a slightly lighter note i also the bit at the end of the 1st Children in Need special when he says "Give us your money or i will cut off your head"



    I think it's harder to say in which he doesn't say it or something like it
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    boom-moo

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    illegalferret wrote:
    I'm having a complete blank on which episode it comes from but the bit when Uther shouts "I am your King you will show me some respect!"
    2x08 Sarah, right before the sword fight! I must have watched it like a billion times.

    I am your King and your father, you will show me some respect!
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    pcdsa

    [44]Aug 7, 2010
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    This week's category is "Top Three Merlin-Arthur Moments". As there are so many I thought it was unfair to restrict it to one only. In fact it could have easily been a top ten!

    In episode order as I like them all (plus others) equally:

    - The final test in the Labyrinth of Gedref; Merlin willing to die for Arthur, Arthur appreciating Merlin "I'm glad you're here Merlin." and the humour which I love.

    - Arthur stopping Merlin from attacking the witchfinder; short but very sweet scene where Arthur takes care of Merlin.

    - Arthur wanting Merlin to be his servant in the next life in 2.12; even though Merlin says "Don't ask me." you know he would love to.


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    illegalferret

    [45]Aug 7, 2010
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    Ahhh to hard a choice! Ok let me think about this a bit...


    1) I agree with pdsca The scene on the beach in 1x11 it's just brilliant.


    2) Merlin preventing Arthur from killing Uther in 2x08, as it shows just how much Arthur trusts Merlin


    3) Oh it has to be almost all of 2x12, but in particular the scene when they're leaning on the door joking about knees and servents in the next life

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    boom-moo

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    Oh my, how very hard! I absolutely love the scenes you've mentioned so I'll go for some different ones:

    208 The Sins of the Father

    Merlin: What was your mother like?
    Arthur: I never knew her. She died before I opened my eyes.
    Merlin: I'm sorry.
    Arthur: I barely know anything about her.
    Merlin: Can't you ask your father?
    Arthur: He refuses to talk of her. It must be too painful for him. Sometimes it's as if she never even existed. I still have... a sense of her, almost as though she is part of me.
    Merlin: It's the same... with my father, I never knew him. And my mother has barely spoken of him. I've got this... vague memory. It's probably just my imagination.
    Arthur: I'd do anything for even the vaguest memory.
    Merlin: Is that why you're so determined to find Morgause, to see what she knows about your mother? Arthur: Is that so wrong?
    Merlin: No.

    206 Beauty and the Beast Part 2

    Arthur: Merlin! I want you to know that I never doubted you. All right, maybe I did, but it's your own fault. You've got a suspicious look about you. Shifty. Like you've got something to hide.
    Merlin: I'm an open book.
    Arthur: I don't believe that for a second. However, I do know that without your help, I'd still have a troll for a stepmother.
    (Both nod at each other a couple times)
    Arthur: Well, thanks. (Arthur puts an arm around Merlin's back and Merlin stretches both his arms and comes closer to Arthur. Arthur backs away) Whoa! What're you doing?
    Merlin: I thought you were going for a hug.
    Arthur: No!
    Merlin: No.

    209 The Lady of the Lake

    Arthur: Something's been upsetting you, hasn't it?
    Merlin: Maybe.
    Arthur: Was it when I threw water over you?
    Merlin: That wasn't very nice.
    Arthur: It was a bit unfair. Like you calling me fat.
    Merlin: Why was that unfair? Arthur: Because I'm not f...
    (Merlin smiles teasingly. Arthur grabs him and play fights with him)
    Arthur: Still think I need to get in shape?
    Merlin: No! No! No! (Merlin laughs quietly)
    Arthur: That's better. Merlin: Thanks.
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    pcdsa

    [47]Aug 8, 2010
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    I love your choices too. That's makes seven in total and I can still think of more...


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    dpebbleson

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    A difficult choice, yet a very good one!


    So my top three:


    1) The scene with the keys dangling over unsuspecting Arthur, totally ignorant of Merlin's powers. Very funny!


    2) Then the scene with Arthur forcing Merlin's to eat rat-stew! Also very funny!


    3) The first scene they share in the series, Merlin calling Arthur a 'royal prat', if I remember correctly. Merlin does have guts and a good sense of justice I think.

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    boom-moo

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    I love their fist scene in 1x01 too!

    Another one I love:

    1x13 Le Morte D'Arthur:

    Merlin: I need to talk to you.
    Arthur: You still haven't got it yet, have you? I decide when we need to talk.
    Merlin: Not today.
    Arthur: I sometimes wonder if you know who I am.
    Merlin: Oh, I know who you are. Arthur: Good.
    Merlin: You're a prat, and a royal one.
    Arthur: Are you ever going to change, Merlin?
    Merlin: No. You'd get bored. Promise me this. If you get another servant, don't get a bootlicker.
    Arthur: If this is you trying to leave your job...
    Merlin: No. I'm happy to be your servant. Til the day I die.
    Arthur: Sometimes I think I know you, Merlin. Other times...
    Merlin: Well, I know you. You're a great warrior. One day, you'll be a great king.
    Arthur: That's very kind of you.
    Merlin: But you must learn to listen as well as you fight.
    Arthur: Any other pointers?
    Merlin: No. That's it. Just... don't be a prat.

    I'm surprised there's one scene that hasn't been mentioned yet. I'll wait and see...
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    dpebbleson

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    Is it perhaps:

    Merlin: Do you know how many times I had to save your royal backside?
    Arthur: At least you got your sense of humour back! ... Are you really going to face this dragon with me?
    Merlin: I'm not gonna sit here and watch... Well I care a hell of a lot about that armour, I'm not gonna let you mess it up.
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    boom-moo

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    Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner That's the one, quite a big one.
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    pcdsa

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    That makes twelve. Another one from 2.13 which has Arthur admitting to liking Merlin and is so funny with Merlin listing Arthur's faults.

    Arthur: I always thought that silence would be a blessing with you, but I find it just as irritating. You're a riddle, Merlin.
    Merlin: A riddle?
    Arthur: Yes, but I've got to quite like you.
    Merlin: Yeah?
    Arthur: Now I realise you're not as big a fool as you look.
    Merlin: Yeah. I feel the same. Now that I realise you're not as arrogant as you sound.
    Arthur: You still think I'm arrogant?
    Merlin: No. More...supercilious.
    Arthur: That's a big word, Merlin. You sure you know what it means?
    Merlin: Condescending.
    Arthur: Very good.
    Merlin: Patronising.
    Arthur: It doesn't quite mean that.
    Merlin: No, you're these as well.
    Arthur: Hang on.
    BRANCH CRACKS
    Merlin: Overbearing. Very overbearing.
    Arthur: Merlin!
    Merlin: But you wanted me to talk.


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    boom-moo

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    2x06 Beauty and the Beast Part 2: Arthur freaking out that Merlin could get killed.

    Arthur: You need to get out of here. The King's ordered me to arrest you.
    Merlin: What? Arthur: Catrina's accused you of taking her seal.
    Merlin: But I didn't.
    Arthur: I don't want to know and you haven't got time to explain. If you value your life, you'll leave Camelot right now.
    Merlin: But... she is a troll. She's trying to set me up.
    Arthur: We've been through this.
    Merlin: I'm telling the truth. I saw her.
    (Knock at the door)
    Arthur: I don't care. You need to leave, Merlin.
    (Knock at the door) Sire?
    Arthur: Go. Go!
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    illegalferret

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    Oh how about the scene in Beauty and the beast part 2 when Merlin hides under Arthur's bed! Then the whole potion/poisonchat!

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    boom-moo

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    illegalferret wrote:
    Then the whole potion/poisonchat!
    I love that 'slip of the tongue'

    The Poisoned Chalice:

    Not exactly Arthur/Merlin scenes, but they really are about them

    (On Arthur's return, Uther has him locked in the dungeon)
    Uther: You disobeyed me!
    Arthur: Of course I did. A man's life was at stake. Do not let Merlin die because of something I did.
    Uther: Why do you care so much? The boy's just a servant.
    Arthur: He knew the danger he was putting himself in. He knew what would happen if he drank from that goblet, but he did it anyway. He saved my life. There's more. There was a woman at the mountain. She knew I was there for the flower. I don't think it was Bayard who tried to poison me.
    Uther: Of course it was.
    Arthur: (handing the Mortaeus to Uther) Gaius knows what to do with it. Put me in the stocks for a week, a month even. I don't care. Just make sure that it gets to him. I'm begging you. (Uther crushes the flower in his hand) No!
    Uther: You have to learn there's a right and a wrong way of doing things. I'll see you're let out in a week. Then you can find yourself another servant.

    Uther: What's the point in having people to taste for you if you're going to get yourself killed anyway?
    Arthur: I won't fail, no matter what you think.
    Uther: Arthur, you are my only son and heir. I can't risk losing you for the sake of some serving boy.
    Arthur: Because his life's worthless?
    Uther: No, because it's worth less than yours.
    Arthur: I can save him. Let me take some men...
    Uther: No.
    Arthur: We'll find the antidote and bring it back.
    Uther: No.
    Arthur: Why not?
    Uther: Because one day I will be dead and Camelot will need a king. I'm not going to let you jeopardise the future of this kingdom over some fool's errand.
    Arthur: It's not a fool's errand. Gaius says that if we can get...
    Uther: Gaius says? That's exactly what makes it so!
    Arthur: Please, father. He saved my life. I can't stand by and watch him die.
    Uther: Then don't look. This boy won't be the last to die on your behalf. You're going to be king. It's something you'll have to get used to.

    Gaius: The petal comes from the Mortaeus flower. It says here that someone poisoned by the Mortaeus can only be saved by a potion made from the leaf of the very same flower. It can only be found in the caves deep beneath the Forest of Balor. The flower grows on the roots of the Mortaeus tree.
    Arthur: That doesn't look particularly friendly.
    Gaius: A cockatrice. It guards the forest. Its venom is potent. A single drop would mean certain death. Few who have crossed the mountains of Isgard in search of the Mortaeus flower have made it back alive.
    Arthur: Sounds like fun.
    Gaius: Arthur, it's too dangerous.
    Arthur: If I don't get the antidote, what happens to Merlin?
    Gaius: The Mortaeus induces a slow and painful death. He may hold out for four, maybe five days but not for much longer. Eventually, he will die.

    And of course:

    Arthur: Still alive then?
    Merlin: Yeah, just about. I understand I have you to thank for that.
    Arthur: Yeah, well, it was nothing. A half-decent servant is hard to come by. I was only dropping by to make sure you were alright. Check that you'll be back to work tomorrow.
    Merlin: Oh, yeah, yeah. Of course. Bright and early. Arthur... thank you.
    Arthur: You too. Get some rest.

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    pcdsa

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    Another one from 1.04, which I had forgotten (shocking) but adore, even though they aren't in the same scene, is when Merlin provides the light guide for Arthur in the caves and is encouraging him to climb faster.

    That makes 18 Merlin-Arthur moments.

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    dpebbleson

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    J. Capps is indeed right that the show revolves around their relationship. Where he's wrong in my opinion can be clearly seen from the examples we gathered: most of these 18 moments are actually not related to Merlin keeping his magic hidden from Arthur. They are mostly very human 'helping out' moments. Arthur realizes Merlin's value by spending more time with him, not by suspecting about his magic.

    That's just how I see it at least.
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    boom-moo

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    dpebbleson wrote:
    J. Capps is indeed right that the show revolves around their relationship. Where he's wrong in my opinion can be clearly seen from the examples we gathered: most of these 18 moments are actually not related to Merlin keeping his magic hidden from Arthur. They are mostly very human 'helping out' moments. Arthur realizes Merlin's value by spending more time with him, not by suspecting about his magic.
    Very lovely observation, Danko.

    1x10 The Moment of Truth:

    Arthur: I'm sorry. If it were up to me, we'd be on our way there now.
    Merlin: Well, you tried. And thank you for getting an audience with the king. Arthur: I wish that Camelot was able to help people regardless of how far away they lived.
    Merlin: I'm going back to Ealdor.
    Arthur: Of course. Merlin: It's been an honour serving you.
    Arthur: You'll be coming back? Merlin: She's my mother. I have got to look after her before anyone else. You understand?
    Arthur: I'd do exactly the same. Well... you've been terrible. Really. I mean it, the worst servant I've ever had.
    Merlin: Thank you, sire.

    _______________

    This week's category is Best and Worst Outfit. No matter the character or the season. It can be the nicest, the best fitting, the ugliest, the least anachronistic... whatever.

    -Best: I love Arthur's long brown coat (or Uther's long black one, but Arthur is hotter ).
    -Worst: Gwen's yellow dress (season 1). Ugh.
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    dpebbleson

    [60]Aug 14, 2010
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    A hard one for me, being not interested in fashion at.

    But I'll try:

    - Whatever Morgana wears, or Morgause, or Nimueh.

    - Those rags that Mary Collins wears in the first episode ever
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