Monty Python's Flying Circus

Season 2 Episode 4

The Buzz Aldrin Show

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Aired Unknown Oct 20, 1970 on BBC
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The Buzz Aldrin Show
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animation- drab caterpillar guy turns to game-show-host-type butterfly; credits; Gumbies introduce sketches; Architect Sketch; recognizing a free mason and cure; Gumbies; Insurance Sketch; The Bishop! a C of E film; housing problem of the aged; Poet Board- poet reads weather; discussing censorship `semprini?'; the chemist sketch featuring A Not At All Naughty Chemists Ltd., shoplifter and Police Superintendent Pan Am; Gumbies, Gumbettes; credits.moreless

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  • ho-hum

    7.5
    Rather a tedious one, although the abbatoir housing development is pretty funny; still, both guys in that sketch go overboard. The opening titles for "The Bishop" are great and spot-on (as they say), but the rest of the show is deja vu all over again, and without nearly as much point as with the previous episode. Still, I've always loved the "requisite-ite-ite!" guy (he's one of my favorite characters from the series, and who I have quoted at times to a perhaps wearisome degree).moreless
  • If you like the Gumbies, then you'll love this show

    9.5
    I thought this was an excellent episode, with the Gumbies being featured throughout to introdce several of the sketches, getting water dumped on them and lots more. The sketches on this show are great in their own right, with The Bishop being a major highlight on this show. A spoof of The Professionals, The Bishop is too late to save the priests who are being killed in a number of ways. His intro is fantastic. The chemist and architect sketches are both great one's as well. Don't avoid this show at any cost.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When the Bishop's men use one of their men to knock down Devious' door, the entire set starts to tip over.

    • Devious breaks up the action in the "Insurance Sketch" by consulting the script for this show. He calls the episode Show 8 (see Quotes), but in the order of recording, this episode came ninth. The eighth show recorded, had Michael Palin playing the Bishop in the "School Prizes" sketch.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Customer: Good moring, I'd like some after-shave, please.

      Chemist: Certainly, sir. Walk this way.

      Customer: If I could walk that way, I wouldn't need after-shave.

    • MICHAEL PALIN: These are the words which are not to be used again in this program. (he uses a clicker to bring up slides that reveal the following words):
      B*M
      B*TTY
      P*X
      KN*CKERS
      KN*CKERS
      W**-W**
      SEMPRINI
      (A girl steps in shot.)
      SANDRA RICHARDS: Semprini?
      MICHAEL PALIN (shouts): Out!

    • MR. WIGGIN: That's just the sort of blinkered, Philistine pig ignorance I've come to expect from you non-creative garbage. (raises voice) You sit there on your loathsome, spotty behinds squeezing blackheads, not caring a tinker's cuss about the struggling artist! (shouts) You excrement! You lousy, hypocritical, whining toadies with your lousy color TV sets and your Tony Jacklin golf clubs and your bleeding masonic handshakes! You wouldn't let me join, would you, you blackballing bastards? Well, I wouldn't become a freemason now if you got down on your lousy, stinking, purulent knees and begged me!

    • "The BBC would like to apologize for the poor quality of the writing in that sketch. It is not BBC policy to get easy laughs with words like bum, knickers, bony or wee-wees." ~Eric Idle

    • "And now... a sketch about a chemist called the Chemist Sketch!" ~The Gumbies announcing the Chemist Sketch

    • "I... HOPE... YOU'RE... EN... JOY... ING... THIS!!" ~Terry Gilliam's animated Gumby

    • Devious: What do you want?
      Man: Well I've come about your special fully comprehensive motor insurance policy offer...
      Devious: What was that?
      Man: Fully comprehensive motor insurance for one-and-eightpence.
      Devious: Oh, oh, yes ... yeah well, unfortunately, guv, that offer's no longer valid. You see, it turned out not to be economically viable, so we now have a totally new offer...
      Man: What's that?
      Devious: A nude lady.
      Man: A nude lady?
      Devious: Yes. You get a nude lady with a fully comprehensive motor insurance. If you just want third party she has to keep her bra on, and if it's just theft...
      Man: No, no, I don't really want that, Mr er... Mr...
      Devious: Devious.
      Man: Mr Devious, I just want to know what it would cost me to have a fully comprehensive insurance on a 1970 Aston Martin,
      Devious: Aston Martin?
      Man: Yes.
      Devious: (quickly) Five hundred quid.
      Man: Five hundred quid?
      Devious: Forty quid.
      Man: Forty quid?
      Devious: Forty quid and a nude lady.
      Man: No, no, I'm not interested in a nude lady.
      Devious: Dirty books?
      Man: No, no, look, I'm not interested in any of that. I just want to know what it would cost me to have a fully comprehensive insurance on a 1970 Aston Martin. Can you please quote me your price.
      (Cut to outside the door of the office. A vicar stands there.)
      Vicar: Knock knock.
      Devious: Who's there?
      Vicar: The Reverend...
      Devious: The Reverend who?
      Vicar: The Reverend Morrison.
      Devious: Oh, come in.
      (The vicar enters.)
      Devious: Now then, vic. What's the trouble?
      Vicar: Well, it's about this letter you sent me.
      Man: Excuse me, do I have any more lines?
      Devious: I don't know, mush, I'll have a look in the script... (he gets script out of drawer) Where are we? Show 8. Are you "man"?
      Man: Yeah.
      Devious: No... no, you've finished.
      Man: Well, I'll be off then. (he leaves)
      Devious: (reading script) 'The vicar sits'.
      (The vicar sits.)
      Vicar: It's about this letter you sent me regarding my insurance claim.
      Devious: Oh, yeah, yeah - well, you see, it's just that we're not... as yet ... totaly satisfied with the grounds of your claim.
      Vicar: But it says something about filling my mouth in with cement.
      Devious: Oh well, that's just insurance jargon, you know.
      Vicar: But my car was hit by a lorry while standing in the garage and you refuse to pay my claim.
      Devious: (rising and crossing to a filing cabinet) Oh well, Reverend Morrison ... in your policy... in your policy... (he opens the drawer of the filing cabins and takes out a shabby old sports jacket; he feels in the pocket and pulls out a crumpled dog-eared piece of paper then puts the coat back and shuts the ftling cabinet).... here we are. It states quite clearly that no claim you make will be paid.
      Vicar: Oh dear.
      Devious: You see, you unfortunately plumped for our 'Neverpay' policy, which, you know, if you never claim is wery worthwhile ... but you had to claim, and, well, there it is.
      Vicar: Oh dear, oh dear.
      Devious: Still, never mind - could be worse. How's the nude lady?
      Vicar: Oh, she's fine. (he begins to sob)
      Devious: Look... Rev... I hate to see a man cry, so shove off out' office. There's a good chap.
      (The vicar goes out sobbing. Cut to outside. Vicar collects a nude lady sitting in a supermarket shopping trolley... and wheels her disconsolately away. Cut back to inside of office. Close-up on Devious. He gets out some files and starts writing. Suddenly a bishop's crook slams down on the desk in front of Devious. He looks up - his eyes register terror. Cut to reverse angle shot from below. The bishop in full mitre and robes.)
      Bishop: OK, Devious... Don't move!
      Devious: The Bishop!
      (Animated crime-series-type titles, with suitable music:)
      'C. OF E. FILMS'
      'IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE SUNDAY SCHOOLS BOARD'
      'PRESENT'
      'THE BISHOP'
      'STARRING THE REVEREND E, P. NESBITT'
      'AND INTRODUCING F. B. GRIMSBY URQHART-WRIGHT 4S THE VOICE OF GOD'
      'SPECIAL EFFECTS BY THE MODERATOR OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND'
      'DIRECTED BY PREBENDARY ~CHOPPER" HARRIS'
      (Exterior beautiful English church. Birds singing, a hymn bring sung. Suddenly, sound of a high-powered car roaring towards the church. Screech of tyres as a huge open-top American car screeches to a halt outside the church. The bishop leaps out. Behind him (as throughout the film) are his four henchmen... vicars with dark glasses. They wear clerical suits and dog collars. They leap out of their car and race up the drive towards the church. As they do so the hymn is heard to come to an end. Sound of people sitting down. Cut to interior of church. Vicar climbing up into pulpit. Cut back to exterior. The bishop and his vicars racing through the doors. Interior of church. Shot of vicar in pulpit.)
      First Vicar: I take as my text for today...
      (Cut to bishop and vicars at doorway.)
      Bishop: The text, vic! Don't say the text!
      (Cut back to vicar.)
      First Vicar: Leviticus 3-14. . .
      (The pulpit explodes. Vicar disappears in smoke, flying up into the air. Cut to close-up of the bishop. Behind him there is smoke and people rushing about. Sound of people scrambling over pews in panic etc.)
      Bishop: We was too late. The Reverend Grundy bit the ceiling.
      (The end of the bishop's crook suddenly starts flashing. He lifts the flashing end off and it stops. Using it like a telephone receiver, he speaks into the staff.)
      Bishop: Hello? '... What?... We'll be right over!
      (Still of another church exterior. Crash zoom in on door. Cut to interior. A baptism party round the front. An innocent vicar is just testing the water. Pan across to the parents - a couple of shifty crooks - and two godmothers, obviously all-in wrestlers in drag (cauliflower ears etc.). As the vicar takes the baby it starts to tick loudly.)
      First Vicar: And it is for this reason that the Christian Church lays upon you, the godparents, the obligation of seeing this child is brought up in the Christian faith. Therefore, I name this child...
      (Cut to door of church. The bishop and vicars rush in.)
      Bishop: Don't say the kid's name, vic!
      (Cut back to vicar.)
      First Vicar: Francesco Luigi...
      (Explosion. Cut to close-up of bishop. Smoke and panic as before.)
      Bishop: We was too late... The Rev. Neuk saw the light.
      (Whip pan to interior of yet another church. A wedding. Bride and groom standing in front of a vicar. Cut to door of church. The bishop and vicars burst in.)
      Bishop: The ring, vic Don't touch the ring! Hey vic!
      (Cut to vicar taking the ring out of the bible. The ring is attached to a piece of string. A sixteen-ton weight falls on top of them with a mighty crunch - the camera shakes as it hits the floor. Cut to two bell ringers. One pulls his rope, and the other rises off the floor, hanged by the neck. The bishop arrives, just too late. Cut to another vicar at graveside.)
      Second Vicar: ... dust to dust, ashes to ashes.
      (He sprinkles dust on the grave. A huge prop cannon rises up out of the grave until its mighty barrel (twelve inches wide) is pointing right in the vicar's face. He does not notice. Sound of car screeching to a halt. We pan away from grave to reveal the bishop leaping out of the car. Sound of an almighty blast from the cannon. The bishop gets back into the car immediately and turns it round.)
      (Cut to a street. Outside a cigarette shop the four clerics lounge against a wall. The bishop walks out rolling his own. Suddenly he stops. Close-up. He looks up as he hears a faint cry. Camera swings round and up - enormous zoom to high window in huge, drab city office block, where a vicar is looking out.)
      Vicar: Help ... help... help... help... help... help...
      (Cut back to the bishop breaking into a run, throwing his cigarette into the gutter. Peter Gunn music. Hand-held shots of the bishop and the four vicars running through crowded streets. He reaches the office block, rushes in. Interior: a stair well. Right at the bottom we see the bishop and the vicars. Close-up hand-held shot of bishop running up stairs. Shadows running up the stair well. The bishop arrives on the top landing. Door of office. The bishop tries the door. It won't open. One vicar goes rigid. The other three take hold of him and use him as a battering ram and go straight through the balsa wood door first time.)
      Bishop: OK, Devious, don't move!
      Devious: The bishop!

  • NOTES (1)

    • The Chemist Sketch was originally to be included in "The Spanish Inquisition", but it made the episode run too long, so it was moved to this episode.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Third Chemist: Ah, a toilet requisit-t-t-t-t-t-t.
      According to The Monty Python Encyclopedia by Robert Ross, Michael Palin's excess T sounds at the end of "requisite" are a reminder of the BBC Radio series Navy Lark, which starred the late Jon Pertwee.

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