Monty Python's Flying Circus

Season 3 Episode 7

Salad Days

Aired Unknown Nov 30, 1972 on BBC



  • Trivia

    • Notice carefully Terry Jones's final reaction during The Show So Far segment. When the hammer first comes down, it knocks him out of his chair. As he falls to the floor, his body turns the chair over. The camera switches to a different angle as the hammer comes down a second time near his feet. The chair's back lands against Terry's crotch. When the hammer comes down for its final time, it hits the chair, which levers into his groin, and Terry slightly raises his head. It would seem that the hammer, at this point, drove the back of the chair into Terry's naughty bits!

    • The BBC cut a key phrase from Biggles's reprimanding to Ms. Bladder (it can be heard in the Monty Python DVDs released by A&E Home Video). But the line no longer makes sense if Biggles says, "Don't call me señor or Group Captain Biggles or Mary Biggles if I'm dressed as my wife, but never señor!"

  • Quotes

    • (After being told there is absolutely no cheese in the shop)
      Mousebender: It's not much of a cheese shop really, is it?
      Wensleydale: Finest in the district, sir.
      Mousebender: And what leads you to that conclusion?
      Wensleydale: Well, it's so clean.
      Mousebender: Well, it's certainly uncontaminated by cheese.

    • Following Salad Days, this caption rolled:
      The BBC would like to apologize to everyone in the world for that last item. It was disgusting and bad and thoroughly disobedient and please don't bother to phone up, because we know it was very tasteless, but they didn't really mean it and they do all come from broken homes and have very unhappy personal lives, especially Eric. Anyway, they're really very nice people underneath and very warm in the traditional show business way and please don't write in either because the BBC is going through a rather unhappy phase at the moment, what with its Father dying and the mortgage and BBC-2 going out with men.

    • The Show So Far: Well, it all started with the organist losing his clothes as he sat down at the organ, and after this had happened and we had seen the titles of the show, we saw Biggles dictating a leter to his secretary who thought he was Spanish and who he referred to as a "harlot" and a "woman of the night" although she preferred to be called a "courtesan". Then we saw some people trying to climb a road in Uxbridge and then there were some cartoons and then some lifeboat men came into a woman's sitting room and after a bit the woman went out to buy some cakes on a lifeboat and then a naval officer jumped into the sea. Then we saw a man telling us about storage jars from Bolivia and then there were some more cartoons and then a man told us about what had happened on the show so far and a great hammer came and hit him on the head. (confused) I don't remember that! (a great hammer comes and hits him on the head)

  • Notes

    • Radio Times listings for the original airing of this episode also listed Beulah Hughes as among the supporting cast. She was not credited in the actual episode, but is likely to have played one of the ladies in the "Sam Peckinpah's 'Salad Days'" sketch itself.

    • Carol Cleveland doesn't appear in this episode.

  • Allusions