Robin Hood

Season 2 Episode 12

A Good Day To Die

Aired Saturday 7:30 PM Dec 29, 2007 on BBC
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Episode Summary

Robin and the Outlaws arrive at a barn for Robin's birthday party, only to find that they are surrounded by The Sheriff's mercenaries and won't be let out alive.
The Outlaws share their secrets with one another whilst the traitor, Allan A Dale, realises that The Sheriff and Gisborne are heading to the Holy Land to kill the King. Fearless Marian takes it upon herself to stop the Sheriff in his tracks while Allan must choose his allegiance. Will Robin realise that the mercenaries are merely there to distract him from The Sheriff's new dastardly plan, and will Allan come to his senses? While sharing secrets, Djaq admits to Will that she loves him.moreless

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  • This episode gives the viewer a glimps into the heart and soul of the characters of Robin Hood.

    There was not a lot of action in this episode. But what it lacked in action, it made up for in details. Its Robin's birthday and Mudge has planned a surpise party. It quickly goes from bad to worse for the gang.

    The gang is trapped in a barn. They are not sure how to get out of this one. They are facing their mortality. So, it is decided that each person would speak from their heart. That each would be truthful about their feelings. It is such an intimate scene that it feels as though the viewer is intruding. The acting is strong and solid. I found myself looking at each character in a different light. There are even revelations made outside the barn. Marian finds herself in trouble once again when rushes into a situation without thought. Gisbourne wears his heart on his sleeve. The war that he wages with himself over the person he is, and the person he can be is clearly evident. Gisbourne has truly got it bad for the sweet maid Marian.

    There are other interesting plot twists. I don't want to give anything away. It was a great episode. There was just enough humor to remind us of the show that we are watching. But, there is some strong drama in this one folks. You won't be disappointed.moreless
  • Wait...Wait, give me a second, still dying with laughter.

    First off the 300 reference, nice. But of course the biggest part of this episode (at least to me) would have to be the Kalila Dimna. So Djag finally tells Will she loves him, this was hilarious and at the same time scary, I don't do confessions well and I was under my covers during her "I love one of you more" speech, from the time she hit "like a bird would fly two thousand miles" I was out. But I loved Will's response; it's about time someone told Djaq about her silly voice. Great episode now all I have to do is wait for the finale.moreless
  • The gang is trapped and have no hope for rescue. Or do they....

    A very good episode especially Allan's part. Although I highly dislike the confessions between Djaq and Will. Much and Robin's are way better on every level. It is also less Marian in this one and that's always a plus, even though Lucy Griffiths is the best Marian to ever be, Marian is an awful character. So what happened to her doesn't bother me that much, but I dread the replacement to be honest, cause even though she's not a good character the creators can do a lot worse. Hopefully series 3 will have a lot more Allan and Will than the first two have had.moreless
  • I loved this episode, even though it made me cry!!! Romance and tragedy...

    WOW! I loved this episode SO much, even though I cried for about ten minutes afterwards, and spent the last half of the second episode scared stiff!!

    I absolutely loved the way that Djaq and Will admitted their love for each other, it was so sweet :) I also loved the way that even when they were confessing their love for each other they still laugh... It just really made me smile :D I think that Bassam giving Djaq and Will his blessing, and Will understanding Djaq'a love for birds just made their relationship even sweeter ^^. I love the secret smiles that they give each other, it's good to have some subtlety :D

    I can't believe that they killed Marian. I honestly can't believe it! I feel so sorry for Robin, after all that Guy killed her... I do think that the way she died was VERY well done though, it reduced me to tears almost straight away! I think it was a really nice touch that they got married. It almost made it seem slightly better.

    So the King is finally coming back, but Marian is dead. In the next series I suppose that Robin and the King will be fighting the Black Knights... I wonder whether Much will get Bonchurch...? :D

    Maybe Will and Djaq will return next series? I have no idea, but it would be nice :D if they don't then Robin won't have many merry men!!

    All in all a fantastic episode. I thought that the retu rn of Carter was a good touch, it showed that the other episode related to this one. Brilliant... although Marian shouldn't have died... :(

    I can't wait until next series!!moreless
  • King Richard still alive, Robin coming back home to England, and Marian died. Not alot happened then...

    The eppi was amazing but, why did marian have to die??!! she cant die! But its good that they got married in the end. There were plenty of laughs as always, and its good to see them all outside Nottingham. the king was cool and i love the King of England line. Finally Will and Jaq got together and it was great them all sharing there loves and some deep dark secrets, it was also good that Alan finally came threw and went back to the gang!!! Guy killing Marian was semi ironic cause well it was. The way she died was good though i think that the BBC did it well even though it should never have happened!!!!! It will be good to see how Robin reacts in the next season and also how the gang will react now that Will and Jaq are still in the Holy Land. All in all a great eppisode

    even though marian died :cry:moreless
Agost Zord

Agost Zord


Guest Star

Paul Usher

Paul Usher


Guest Star

Gabor Nagypal

Gabor Nagypal

Mercenary Messenger

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sheriff: I told you, I want Robin Hood's pretty little face on his pretty little head, attached to his pretty little body on a pretty big spike outside my castle!

    • Marian: Look, if you go along with treason, then you are committing treason.
      Allan: Rubbish! If you go along with farting, it doesn't mean you farted yourself, does it?

    • Djaq: There are five of us and a hundred of them.
      Robin: Once, a few determined Spartans held a pass against a vast Persian army.
      Will: Really?
      Robin: Strategy
      Will: And they lived?
      Robin: (pause) No...but they did well.
      Will: Oh.
      Much: (clapping Will on the back) I hate that story too.

    • Djaq: I have to be honest. And if I am being honest, I have to say that I do not love all of you in the same way.
      Much: It's me isn't it? You love everyone but you don't love me. Brilliant.

    • Djaq: (looking at Will) There is one I do love more than the others. The way a bird would fly 2000 miles through storms just to be with the one he loves - that is the love I feel. And I am a fool, because it is only now, when we are about to die, that I have the courage admit it even to myself. I'm sorry. I should have said earlier.
      Much: Will! I knew it!
      Djaq: You, Will Scarlett, are strong and true and you fight for what you believe in, and that's why I love you.
      Will: And I love you! I love the way you say what you mean. I love your silly voice.
      Djaq: Silly voice?! That's it, I take it back, all of it. I hate you!
      Will And I love the way you fight, like a man - ferocious. And the way you will always, always be a woman.
      Much: Kalimna! Boring!
      Djaq: Kalila.
      Much: Whatever.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Robin claimed as part of his archery talent that he ... can kill a man at a thousand yards. No hand drawn bow whether long bow, recurve, compound or cross bow can shoot an arrow that far. Except the Patriot Arrow from Mel Brooks Robin Hood - Men in Tights.

      While unlikely in Robin's time it is possible to shoot over 1000 yards - The furthest with a hand-held - and pulled - bow is 1,336 yds 1' 3" (1,222.01m) , shot by Don Brown with an unlimited conventional Flight bow in 1987.
      The furthest distance shot with any bow is 2,047 yards (1,871.84m) . This was shot by the late Harry Drake in 1988 using a crossbow.


    • Robin: Once, a few determined Spartans held a pass against a vast Persian army.

      Robin is referring to the Battle of Thermopylae, which took place in 480 B.C. After the majority of Greek forces withdrew, a small force made up mostly of Spartans (who had pledged to fight to the death) continued to defend the pass of Thermopylae. Though they inflicted heavy losses on the Persian army, all were killed in the battle (except for a small number who had surrendered beforehand).

    • Djaq: Then tonight is a Kalila and Dimna night.

      Kalila and Dimna is a collection of animal fables, much like Aesop's Fables, which originated in India around 200 B.C. It was translated into Arabic in the 8th century A.D. Kalila and Dimna are the names of two jackals who serve a lion king in the story. There is, however, no evidence of the game of the same name that Djaq talks about.