Monty Python's Flying Circus

Season 2 Episode 12


Aired Unknown Dec 15, 1970 on BBC
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Episode Summary

The Black Eagle, announcer; credits; Hungarian at the tobacconist "Do you want... do you want... to come back to my place bouncy-bouncy?," "My nipples explode with delight!"; Alexander Yalk is prosecuted for obscene Hungarian phrasebook; justices in the tabloid press; animation- 2001 soccer ball; World Forum: Karl Marx, Che Guevara, Lenin and Mao Tse-Tung answer questions on English football; animation- and now for a bit of fun; 1914 Ypres movie set is too crowded; animation- figures from paintings go out on strike; sketch about Ypres resumes with cowardly colonel "Dip, dip, dip, my little ship..."; mental hospital for overacting; animation- Hamlet ward, bombs morph into to flowers; Flower Arranging, hosted by D.P. Gumby; a local dinerette serves spam, spam, spam, baked beans, and spam "I don't like SPAM!," song- Spam, historian, more spam; credits; Marx and Mao post-coitus.moreless

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John Cleese

John Cleese

Various Characters [ series 1 - 3, Deutsche shows & features ]

Eric Idle

Eric Idle

Various Characters

Graham Chapman

Graham Chapman

Various Characters

Terry Jones

Terry Jones

Various Characters

Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam

Various Characters

Michael Palin

Michael Palin

Various Characters

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • A similar technique used to create the animated dummies sitting in for performers in the orchestra of the Exploding Version Of The Blue Danube returned for the movie "Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl." It would be used to make the animated Bruces cut outs for the philosopher's sing along.

    • During the "Ypres 1914" sketch where, several times over the course of various gags, John Cleese has to fight to keep from laughing. Cleese has similar issues with breaking character during a trial scene earlier in the episode.

    • When the lady dining asked what didn't have spam in it, she forgot about eggs and bacon and eggs, sausage and bacon. Those had no spam in them.

    • In "Communist Quiz," Eric Idle fails to mention that "The Hammers" is Westham United's nickname.

    • The waitress in the Spam sketch rattles off these breakfast items: egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam; egg, bacon and spam; egg, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon and spam; spam, spam, spam, egg and spam; spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, spam and spam; or lobster thermidor aux crevettes in a mornay sauce, garnished with truffle pâté brandy, and a fried egg on top and spam. So how come the waitress recommends spam, egg, sausage and spam–which was not on the list?

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Hungarian: My hovercraft... is full... of eels.

    • Hungarian: Ah, you have beautiful thighs.
      Policeman: WHAT!?
      Clerk: He hit me!
      Hungarian: Drop your panties, Sir William, I cannot wait till lunchtime.
      Policeman: Right! (Handcuffs Hungarian)
      Hungarian: Oh, my nipples explode with delight!

    • Hungarian Man: Do you want, do you waaaaant, to come back to my place, bouncy bouncy!
      Clerk: Here, I don't think you're using that thing right.
      Hungarian: You great poof.
      Clerk: That'll be six and six, please.
      Hungarian: If I said you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me. I - I am no longer infected.

    • Michael Palin: In 1914, the Balance of Power lay in ruins. Europe was plunged into bloody conflict. Nation fought nation. But no nation fought nation morely than the English. Hip hip hooray! Nice nice! Yah boo! Phillips is a German and he have my pen...
      John Cleese: Start again.
      Michael Palin: In 1914, the Balance of Power lay in ruins...

    • Man:"I'm having spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, baked beans, spam, spam, and spam!"

      Cafe Worker:"Baked beans are off!"

      Man: "Can I have spam instead?"

      Cafe Worker: "So you want spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, and spam?"

      Vikings (starting about halfway through last line): spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spam, spammity spam!"

  • NOTES (2)

    • The Pythons littered "spam" in their credits. At their end, the director is identified as "Ian (Mixed Grill) MacNaughton," priced at seven shillings and sixpence.

    • The mass quantities of "spam" in this sketch/episode inspired early members of the online community to use the word to describe the numerous unsolicited e-mails that were beginning to fill their mailboxes.


    • The glowing soccer ball sequence, featuring the opening fanfare from Richard Strauss' Also Sprach Zarathrustra, Op. 30, is a cheeky parody of a memorable scene from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.