Monty Python's Flying Circus

Season 2 Episode 9

How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body

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Aired Unknown Nov 24, 1970 on BBC
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How to Recognise Different Parts of the Body
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Ladies in bikinis, announcer in bikini, Hermit in bikini; credits; How to Recognize Different Parts of the Body; University of Wallamaloo staff meeting for the Philosophy department `Rule 1: No Poofters!'; body parts; interviewer with Norman St. John Polevaulter a man who contradicts people; body parts; Mr. Luxury-Yacht (Throatwarbler-Mangrove) seeks a nose job and camping holiday; and now a precision display of bad temper; close order swanning about `Oooh, get her. Whoops! I got your number duckie, you couldn't afford me dear 2,3. I'll scratch your eyes out! Don't come the Brigadier bit with us dear, we all know where you've been, you military fairy, 2,3. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Whoops, don't look now girls the major just minced in with the jolly colour sergeant. 2,3! Oooh.'; animation- ballet, generals, old lady trips bus, The Killer Cars, mutant cat and hand; Verrifast Plaine Co. Ltd. offers no frills flight to America; re-enactment of the first heart transplant by the Battley Townswomen's Guild and other open air productions at sea; animation- car tours lady's body; body parts; radio dramatization of the Death of Mary, Queen of Scots; `What's on the television then? Looks like a penguin.'; body parts; `Don't anyone move there's been a burnley!', Sgt. Duckie's song; multi-lingual contest announcer; Monaco's winning song: Bing Tiddle Tiddle Bang; credits.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Python's White Album

    8.5
    A show that manages to hold together despite the fact that there really isn't that much great in the individual segments; you might call this one kind of like Python's White Album. Okay sure, there's the Bruces, Camp Boot Camp, the exploding penguin and the burnley...but nothing much ever is given time to coalesce before it's moving on, and they recycle some of their stuff too to add to the goofiness. And yet the ongoing conceit, the "How To Recognize" business, somehow keeps things moving and in the end makes the proceedings seem to add up to a lot more than the sum of the parts. A bit of inspired MP legerdemain, I'd say, and just exactly the sort of hocus pocus you'd expect these lunatics to be able to pull off. :)moreless
  • One of the truly great episode in the history of the show

    10
    In a series filled with great episodes, this is one of the best. Everything from the opening with the announcer in the bikini to the end credits is compelling and hilarious viewing. The military fairies/swanning about sketch has to be one of the funniest things I've ever seen, I was laughing so hard when I saw this for the first time. The animation in this show could be some of the best, with the stuff involving the giant hand/cat/cars being great (watch for an appearance by an old friend, Spiky Norman, during this one). Then there's the Mary Queen Of Scots radio parody that I thought was really good. The end song is a classic moment, especially for those who like Terry. The running theme of Different parts of the Body worked well. Something i haven't mentioned is the plastic surgery sketch (with a re-apperance by Mr Luxury Yacht). Overall an unmissable episode and one you'll watch again and again.moreless
  • "The feather. Rare."

    10
    Learn a thing or two about our biology. And nearly get killed in the process.



    Everyone tries on that loveliest of fashion rages, the bikini.



    Then begins our rather unique anatomy lesson, including bodily aspects that range from the mundane, to the freakish, to the virtually nonexistant.



    The 'gentlemen' of the University of Wallamaloo gather to discuss the very strict standards of admission into their secret society.



    A man with an unusually pronounced name visits the travel agent.



    The Battley Townswomen's Guild reenacts a landmark medical operation; it's not the last startling demonstration we will see from them.



    The BBC brings us their remarkable theatrical take on the death of Mary, Queen of Scots.



    A parade of merry insanity, as usual.moreless
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John Cleese

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Eric Idle

Eric Idle

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Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman

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Terry Jones

Terry Jones

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Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam

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Michael Palin

Michael Palin

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Vincent Wong

Vincent Wong

 

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Roy Gunson

Roy Gunson

 

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Alexander Gurry

Alexander Gurry

 

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Carol Cleveland

Carol Cleveland

Mrs Irrelevant; Mother

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The Fred Tomlinson Singers

The Fred Tomlinson Singers

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Fourth Bruce: Well gentlemen, I'll just remind you of the faculty rules. Rule one, no poofters. Rule two, no member of the faculty is to maltreat the Abbos in any way whatsoever, if there's anyone looking. Rule three, no poofters. Rule four, I don't want to catch anyone not drinking in their rooms after lights-out. Rule five, no poofters. Rule six, there is *no* rule six. Rule seven, no poofters.

    • Pepperpot #1: What's on the television, then?
      Pepperpot #2: Looks like a penguin.
      Pepperpot #1: No, no! Not what's on the set, I mean what program?

    • Bruces (standing): Australia! Australia! Australia! Australia! We love you! Amen!

    • How To Recognise Different Parts of the Body
      1. The foot
      2. The shoulder
      3. The other foot
      4. The bridge of the nose
      5. The naughty bits
      6. Just above the elbow
      7. Two inches to the right of a very naughty bit indeed
      8. The kneecap
      9. The ear
      10. The big toe
      11. More naughty bits
      12. The naughty bits of a lady
      13. The naughty bits of a horse
      14. The naughty bits of an ant
      15. The naughty bits of Reginald Maudling
      16. The hand
      17. The top of the head
      18. The feather (rare)
      19. The nose
      20. The armpit
      21. The bottom two thirds of the nape of the neck
      22. The nipple
      23. The shin
      24. Reginald Maudling's shin
      25. The brain
      26. Margaret Thatcher's brain
      27. More naughty bits
      28. The naughty bits of the Cabinet
      29. The interior of a country house
      30. NONE
      31. The end

    • Host: With me now is Norman St. John Polevaulter, who for the last few years has been contradicting people. St. John Polevaulter, why do you contradict people?
      Polevaulter: I don't!
      Host: But you... you told me that you did.
      Polevaulter: I most certainly did not!
      Host: Oh. I see. I'll start again.
      Polevaulter: No you won't!
      Host: Ssh! I understand you don't contradict people.
      Polevaulter: Yes I do!
      Host: And when didn't you start contradicting them?
      Polevaulter: I did! In 1952!
      Host: 1952.
      Polevaulter: 1947!
      Host: 23 years ago.
      Polevaulter: No!

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