Monty Python's Flying Circus

Season 1 Episode 2

Sex and Violence

Aired Unknown Oct 12, 1969 on BBC
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Sex and Violence
Hermit struggles to camera; opening credits with flowers; Part 2, Sheep farmer explains about Harold `that most dangerous of animals' a clever sheep; Frenchmen explain commercial possibilities of flying sheep; women on Frenchmen; animation- The Thinker; and now for something completely different- a man with three buttocks `Oh! Me bum!', a man with two noses; Arthur Ewing and his musical mice; marriage counselor sketch `Arthur Pewty today you're a man!'; coal miner visits his playwright father; a scotsman on a horse; animation- flying sheep; The Epilogue: a question of belief to be decided by two out of three falls; animation- a train and other twisted things from the mind of Terry Gilliam, a baby carriage that eats people, the kiss; Of Mice and Men: a investigative report on mouse clubs; Hermit; end credits.moreless

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  • An improvement on the first episode, and it only goes up and up from here

    Slight improvement on the last episode, as there are a few gems here. The working clas playwright is a fantastic showcase of Graham's talent and a brilliant sketch overall. The mouse problem and the man with three buttocks sketches were also great. The rest saw a few moments of brilliance, such as the musical mice and the french lecture on sheep, but nothing else stood out for me. But a definite improvement.moreless
  • "Tungsten -carbide drills ? " And a certain problem with mice....

    Only two episodes in and Python posts one of its longest shows at 33 minutes long. (Although this probably has something to do with the Amazing Kargol and Janet sketch that was cut out of first- run transmissions). Its also the first time we see the classic role reversal sketch in the miner Vs playwright argument - also the funniest sketch in this show by far. So many quotable gems here - I have been known to use "Hampstead wasn't good enough for you, was it? You had to go poncing off to Barnsley....." as my signature on occasions. Genius.

    Other quality moments of note here are the completely barking Frenchmen describing the sheep plane- Palin in particular has a special episode with his Jean-Brian Zatapathique(le pouf celebre) and his broom-handling neighbour ("A man with nine legs! He ran away. Oh Bloody Hell...").And I love the strangled shriek reaction to Jones' mouse organ.

    But the Python crew make their first steps into controversy with their drugs critique in "the Mouse Problem" sketch. They would step much further over the line later on.

    Especially in this first season, you cannot discount any episodes for fear of missing some legendary gags and sketches that will live forever. While not as memorable as the opener, "Sex & Violence" is still an extremely strong start.

John Cleese

John Cleese

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Eric Idle

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Graham Chapman

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Terry Jones

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Terry Gilliam

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Michael Palin

Michael Palin

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The "housewives" are wearing the same outfits in this episode as the first episode.

    • In the Marriage Councilor Sketch, Deidre goes behind the screen and starts throwing her black underwear over the screen. But earlier, it's obvious she's wearing a light-colored bra.

    • Arthur Ewing introduces one of his musical mice as "E-sharp," when, of course, there is no key of E-sharp. It's called "key of F."

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Dad: Good! good? What do you know about it? What do you know about getting up at five o'clock in t'morning to fly to Paris... back at the Old Vic for drinks at twelve, sweating the day through press interviews, television interviews and getting back here at ten to wrestle with the problem of a homosexual nymphomaniac drug-addict involved in the ritual murder of a well known Scottish footballer. That's a full working day, lad, and don't you forget it!

    • Stockbroker: Well speaking as a member of the stock exchange I would suck their brains out with a straw, sell the widows and orphans and go into South American zinc.

    • Kargol: Well, we psychiatrists have found that over 8% of the population will always be mice, I mean, after all, there's something of the mouse in all of us. I mean, how many of us can honestly say that at one time or another he hasn't felt sexually attracted to mice? I know I have. I mean, most normal adolescents go through a stage of squeaking two or three times a day. Some youngsters on the other hand, are attracted to it by its very illegality. It's like murder - make a thing illegal and it acquires a mystique. Look at arson - I mean, how many of us can honestly say that at one time or another he hasn't set fire to some great public building? I know I have. The only way to bring the crime figures down is to reduce the number of offences - get it out in the open - I know I have.

    • Dad: Tungsten carbide drills! What the bloody hell's tungsten carbide drills?
      Ken: It's something they use in coal-mining, Father.
      Dad: 'It's something they use in coal-mining, Father'. You're all bloody fancy talk since you left London.

    • Second Man: (in vox pops on the mouse problem): Well I mean, they can't help it, can they? But, er, there's nothing you can do about it. So er, I'd kill 'em.

    • Dad: Hey, you know, mother, I think there's a play there... get th' agent on th' phone.
      Mum: Aye I think you're right, Frank, it could express, it could express a vital theme of our age...
      Dad: Aye.
      (In the room beneath a man is standing on a chair. bangning on the ceiling with a broom.)
      Man: Oh shut up! (bang bang) Shut up! (they stop talking upstairs) That's better. And now for something completely different... a man with three buttocks.
      Mum and Dad: (from upstairs) We've done that!
      (The man looks up slightly disconcerted.)
      Man: Oh all right. All right! A man with nine legs.
      Voice Off: He ran away!
      Man: Oh... Bloody Hell! Er ... a Scotsman on a horse!

    • Compere: Ladies and gentlemen, isn't she just great eh, wasn't she just great. Ha, ha, ha, and she can run as fast as she can sing, ha, ha, ha. And I'm telling you - 'cos I know. No, only kidding. Ha, ha, ha, uuuugh. Seriously now, ladies and gentlemen, we have for you one of the most unique acts in the world today. He's ... well I'll say no more, just let you see for yourselves... ladies and gentlemen, my very great privilege to introduce Arthur Ewing, and his musical mice. (applauds)
      Ewing: Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you. Ladies and gentlemen. I have in this box twenty-three white mice. Mice which have been painstakingly trained over the past few years, to squeak at a selected pitch. (he raises a mouse by its tail) This is E sharp... and this one is G. You get the general idea. Now these mice are so arranged upon this rack, that when played in the correct order they will squeak "The Bells of St Mary". Ladies and gentlemen, I give you on the mouse organ "The Bells of St Mary"! Thank you.
      (He produces two mallets. He starts striking the mice while quietly singing "The Bells of St Mary". Each downward stroke of the mallet brings a terrible squashing sound and the expiring squeak. It's quite clear that he is slaughtering the mice. After the first few notes people shout "Oh my God, somebody stop him!" He cheerfully takes a bow. He is hauled off by the floor manager. He comes back and has a few more 'hits' before being dragged off again.)

    • Eric Idle: And now for something completely different. A man with three buttocks!
      Host: Good evening. I have with me Mr. Arthur Frampton who... (pause) Mr. Frampton, I understand that you - um - as it were... (pause) Well let me put it another way. Erm, I believe that whereas most people have - er - two... Two.
      Frampton: Oh, sure.
      Host: Ah well, er, Mr Frampton. Erm, is that chair comfortable?
      Frampton: Fine, yeah, fine.
      Host: Mr Frampton, er, vis a vis your... (pause) rump.
      Frampton: I beg your pardon?
      Host: Your rump.
      Frampton: What?
      Host: Er, your derriere. (Whispers) Posterior. Sit-upon.
      Frampton: What's that?
      Host: (whispers) Your buttocks.
      Frampton: Oh, me bum!
      Host: (hurriedly) Sshhh! Well now, I understand that you, Mr Frampton, have a... (pause) 50% bonus in the region of what you say.
      Frampton: I got three cheeks.
      Host: Yes, yes, excellent, excellent. Well we were wondering, Mr Frampton, if you could see your way clear to giving us a quick... (pause) a quick visual... (long pause). Mr Frampton, would you take your trousers down.
      Frampton: What? (to cameramen) 'Ere, get that away! I'm not taking me trousers down on television. What do you think I am?
      Host: Please take them down.
      Frampton: No!
      Host: No, er look, er Mr Frampton. It's quite easy for somebody just to come along here to the BBC simply claiming... that they have a bit to spare in the botty department. The point is, our viewers need proof.
      Frampton: I've been on Persian Radio... (to cameraman) Get off! (to host) Arthur Figgis knows I've got three buttocks.
      Host: How?
      Frampton: We go cycling together.
      Figgis: (cycling) Strewth!

    • Compare: These historic pictures of Queen Victoria, taken in 1880 at Osbome, show the Queen with Gladstone. This unique film provides a rare glimpse into the private world of a woman who ruled half the earth. The commentary, recorded on the earliest wax cylinders, is spoken by Alfred Lord Tennyson, the Poet Laureate.
      Tennyson: Well hello, it's the wacky Queen again! (the Queen repeatedly nudges Gladstone in the ribs and chucks him under the chin) And who's the other fella? It's Willie Gladstone! And when these two way-out wacky characters get together there's fun a-plenty. (they come up to a gardener with a hosepipe) And, uh-oh! There's a hosepipe! This means trouble for somebody! (the Queen takes the hose and kicks the gardener; he falls over) Uh-oh, Charlie Gardener's fallen for that old trick. The Queen has put him in a heap of trouble! (the Queen turns the hose on Gladstone) Uh-oh that's one in the eye for Willie! (the Queen hands Gladstone the hose) Here, you have a go! (she goes back to the tap and turns off the water) Well, doggone it, where's the water? (Gladstone examines the end of the hose; the water flow returns, spraying him) Uh-oh, there it is, all over his face! (she lifts her skirts and runs as he chases her across the lawn; next we see the Queen painting a fence as Gladstone approaches from the other side) Well, hello, what's Britain's wacky Queen up to now? Weft, she's certainly not sitting on the fence. She's painting it. Surely nothing can go wrong here? Uh! oh, here's the PM coming back for more. (Gladstone walks into line with the end of the fence; the Queen drubs paint on him) And he certainly gets it (he takes the bucket from her and empties it over her head; she kicks him; he falls through the fence) Well, that's one way to get the housework done!

  • NOTES (5)

    • A scene that was deleted from "The Mouse Problem" sketch involved mind-reader The Amazing Kargol (Graham Chapman) and his assistant Janet (Carol Cleveland). It is believed that this was a precursor to The Amazing Mystico and Janet sketch from Episode #35, "The Nude Man." The entire episode, complete with this previously deleted segment, was shown in the U.S. on the BBC America channel on July 7, 2005.

    • The catchphrase "And now for something completely different" makes its debut in this episode. It is also the only episode in which the phrase is used by someone other than John Cleese (in this instance, by Eric Idle and Michael Palin).

    • The constant use of the name Arthur was a noted Python in-joke. Supposedly it was done in tribute to a British actor they liked, Arthur Lowe.

    • The Mouse Problem sketch, used to end this program, was originally written in Cleese and Chapman's screenplay The Magic Christian. Peter Sellers, one of the co-stars of the film, liked the idea, but went off it the next day because his milkman didn't like it.

    • Did you notice that seven characters featured in this episode's sketches are named Arthur? They are: Arthur Frampton (the man with three buttocks), Arthur Figgis (Frampton's friend who also appears in "The BBC Entry for the Zinc Stoat of Budapest"), Arthur Ewing (the man who makes music by beating on mice), Arthur Pewtey (the troubled husband whose wife makes out with the marriage guidance counsellor), Arthur Waring (the emcee of the Epilogue wrestling match), Arthur Jackson ("Mr. A." in the Mouse Problem sketch), and Arthur Aldridge (who winds up as the deceased witness in "How to Recognize Different Types of Trees From Quite a Long Way Away").