The "Police Helmets" sketch begins at 9:05 A.M., but when the camera pans away from the policeman to start the "Father-in-law" sketch, Big Ben tolls 3 P.M.
King George III did not go mad in 1800. He lost his mind sometime between 1810 and 1811. The cause is not certain, but attributed to either the death of his youngest and favorite daughter, Princess Amelia, or arsenic poisoning of the king. 1811 was the year he had been declared permanently insane and locked away in Windsor Castle.
The narrator opens the "Zeppelin" sketch saying it takes place in 1908, but at the sketch's end, the same voice says this occurred in 1900.
Twice Joseph Montgolfier says the year is 1783, but when the scene shifted to the Court of George III, the caption reads 1781. It seems the Pythons (like "King Louis XIV") had a long journey from, uh, France—and miscounted.
On A&E's DVD release, Episode 39 is called "Grandstand" on its main episode menu.
David Niven's fridge, voiced by Michael Palin, announces five nominees for Best Foreign Film Director: "Monsieur Richard Attenborough, Ricardo de Attenbergie, Rik Artenborough, Ri Char Dat En Bollo, and Pier Paolo Pasolini." So how did Pasolini finish sixth?
There is apparently a sketch from the beginning of this episode that has not been seen since January 1973, when it was first broadcast. Called "Choreographed Party Political Broadcast" (and sometimes without the word "Choreographed") it was supposedly removed by accident from the master vault materials. A&E's VHS and DVD packaging with this episode says it has the sketch, but, it is not present because it is most likely lost forever. (ADDITIONAL NOTE: The DVD package, the "16-ton Megaset," also leaves out the last bit after the credits, "previews" of upcoming BBC comedies such as "Up The Palace," "Dad's Doctor" and "Dad's Pooves.")
Even though we hear the window break as Sapper MacDonald hurls himself on the Russian documents, there is no trace of shattered glass anywhere in the room.
The RSM says that, in a "fifth state," a Kamikaze Highlander must kill himself by lunchtime or he feels he is letting down the Emperor of Japan. But the clock behind the RSM reads approximately 1:10 P.M., after the lunch hour begins.
Earlier in that same sketch, Eric Idle changes his voice of Irene. "What do the starts say?" is the last time he sounds like a woman. After that, Idle talks like himself.
Mrs. Trepidatious is called Mrs. Ikon by the doctor who steals her money.
When John Cleese walks past the smarmy announcer, he is wearing a moustache. However, when Cleese walks into the "Cheaplaughs" sketch, the moustache has disappeared.
Also on Algon, the cost for a new element for an electric kettle is supposed to total the entire Gross National Product of the United States "from 1770 to the year 2000." That's a laugh. We all know the United States wasn't formed until 1776, when 13 colonies broke from Britain.
According to the announcer, a rear-window demisting device for an 1100 costs £8,000,000,000,000,000,000 on the planet Algon. But the caption bears nine zeroes too many.
As one of El Mystico's apartment blocks starts teetering in one direction, a chair falls against the grain. Tilt your head to your left as the reporter and two tenants fight the tilt, and you will catch the chair falling the wrong way.
Prior to the Clambake was a stock shot of a running train with superimposed captions for fictional cities: Petrograd, Ottograd, Lewgrad, Lesliegrad, Etceteragrad, Dukhovskoknabilebskohatsk, Moscva. Actually, "Moscow" in Russian is spelled "Moskva."
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!"
In 'The Silliest Sketch We've Ever Done', the silly mime-like movements that Mr. Badger does are the exact same movements done by the Friends of the Free French Osteopaths in the 'Ideal Loon Exhibition' Sketch from the episode 'Dennis Moore' later in Season 3.
Mr. Smoke-too-much claims that he cannot say the letter "b" (c), but earlier in the sketch he says the line "cut down a bit."