Djaq (Episodes 5+)
Vasney, Sheriff of Nottingham
What is here called 'Greek fire' bears similarities to dynamite (eg a small charge concentrated to produce greater explosive power), whilst appearing more like black powder - in both cases it is an anachronism. This impression is compounded by similarities between Lambert and dynamite's inventor, Alfred Nobel - they both tried and failed to ensure their invention was only ever used for peaceful purposes and never as a weapon. The term Greek fire was used in the medieval era, but to denote an anti-ship weapon akin to the modern flamethrower.
When the Sheriff sees Marian and Gisborne talking, he says 'lepers, Gisborne, lepers'. This is a recurring line of the Sheriff's, first heard in the episode Turk Flu.
In the first few minutes of the episode, Sir Guy tells the sheriff to dismount because the blast will cause the horse to whinny and throw the Sheriff on the ground from it's back. But, during the last few minutes when Robin shot an arrow at the cave to explode the remaining barrels. The Sheriff overlooking from afar turned away as to cover himself from the great force of the explosion. Yet, the horse did not even wince.
Sheriff of Nottingham: (Throwing a wooden figure at Guy of Gisborne) YOU FOOL!
Will Scarlett: It's good to have you back, Much.
Much: Good to have you back, my lord Much.
Allan A Dale: That is going to get really annoying.
Much: That's going to get really annoying, my lord. It is really annoying, but I'm sorry. I like it.
Sheriff of Nottingham: (after Robin has blown up the black powder) Life is a cruel mistress, Gisborne. (pause) Clean up your mess.
Eve: Will I see you again?
Much: When there is justice again, I will come and find you. (they kiss) Perhaps before. Robin will thank you from his heart for what you have done.
Eve: I did not do this for Robin Hood. I did it for you.
Guy of Gisborne: Where is your betrothal ring?
Marian: I felt dishonest wearing it. I'm afraid we have misunderstood each other lately. I assumed you would be true to your word. You perhaps thought I would not mind if you let me down.
Guy of Gisborne: I sincerely did not intend that.
Marian: I don't care. I thought you were a better man. Now I realise I must content myself with disappointment.
Guy of Gisborne: I had to make a choice. You know that I am all that stands between you and the Sheriff, and I would not see you harmed. I have to protect you. Will you wear the ring again?
Marian: (after a long pause) Of course. But we will never find ourselves in this situation again. Everything is back in its box.
Eve: You could stay here… with me.
Much: I belong with Robin.
Eve: If I were Robin Hood, I would never leave your side.
Much: I saw him. Robin. He visited me here.
Much: There's something I should tell you. Robin… This is top secret… Robin has found…
Eve: Thank you.
Eve: For not telling me what Lady Marian asked you to tell me.
Much: I knew she was wrong about you.
Eve: Oh, Much. She was right. Of course I'm working for the Sheriff.
Eve: But tell me whatever it is you want him to hear.
Will Scarlett: (ready to put the ledger in the fire) I'm burning this.
Djaq: Will, no!
(Little John stops him from doing it)
Little John: Steady.
Will Scarlett: This is not science, this is murder.
Djaq:Think of this as progress. Other scientists could do much better things with Greek Fire.
Allan A Dale: Yeah, we could blow up the entire castle with that stuff!
Robin: Lambert's dead. He died believing I'd protect his work.
Djaq: Then let me study this ledger, make black powder. With this, we could be unstoppable
Will Scarlett: This is not about one man's wish.
Sheriff of Nottingham: (to Gisborne) You're probably wondering where your loyalties lie. Well, let me tell you where they do lie. Your friend Lambert, he has slighted your loyalty. You do know that he told Robin Hood where the ledgers were. The information he kept from you, he gave to your enemy. Hm? Now what friend would act so callously when your every effort has been to protect him? Take heart. Look at the bigger picture. Your black powder will open so many doors for us, Gisborne, it is power beyond imagination. Take heed, this sorry state of affairs has in no way affected my judgement of you. Trust, when others around us falter, that is the thing. We make a fine team, my friend, a fine team. Let's build on it, shall we? (pause) So, I'll go and pay our friend a visit. Shall I teach him a thing or two about loyalty? Yes, it's play… or pay.
Marian: For heavens' sake, find that ledger and burn it.
Robin: I already have the ledger and I am not going to burn it. I am keeping it safe for Lambert.
Marian: At the risk of the Sheriff getting hold of it? And what then? It is too dangerous.
Robin: How is it our calling to judge what should or shouldn't exist as knowledge?
Marian: It is our calling to protect others! If it is glory you seek by keeping the ledger, then God help you.
Robin: You are the only one who knows how to make Greek Fire.
Lambert: Well, that is the joke. There have been so many variations in ingredients, amounts… I can't remember everything, so I record it all in my ledger
Robin: Where is it?
Lambert: And I should tell you? You're an Outlaw.
Robin: But it would be catastrophic in the hands of the Sheriff. Now how much did you make for him?
Lambert: There were three barrels of the mixture and the Sheriff has confiscated them.
Robin: In the castle?
Lambert: I don't know.
Robin: The Sheriff will torture you again.
Robin: And you'll break. Everybody breaks. And then the Sheriff will have the ledger and the Greek Fire. Now, I can hide it for you in another place, and you can honestly tell the Sheriff you do not know where it is, and I will gather my men and I will come back and rescue you.
Lambert: And what's to stop you using the Greek Fire for your own ends?
Robin: Nothing. Other than I am Robin Hood, and I offer you my word.
Marian: Has the Sheriff angered you?
Guy of Gisborne: No, the Sheriff undermines me whenever possible, that's not unusual.
Sheriff of Nottingham: (to Gisborne, after making Much the Earl of Bonchurch) Don't take it so personally, Gisborne. Consider, if you will, the effect on the peasants. 'Oh, look, one of us has been made a noble. If we work hard, keep our heads bowed, be good little boys and girls, maybe we'll get rewarded too'. You see, our point of view is that of money and power. Give him money and power and he sees the world from our point of view. Oh, and just between you and me, I've a certain person in place who'll keep him on track. Loyal, trustworthy.
(Gisborne brings Much in front of the Sheriff)
Sheriff of Nottingham: Lambert should be at the screaming stage by now, but all I hear is nothing.
Guy of Gisborne: I'm determined to reason with him, my lord.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Oh, really? And is it working, reason? (pause) Going soft, Gisborne? Hm? Because he's your friend, is that it? Well, leave him with me. I'll reason with him.
Guy of Gisborne: I can handle him.
Sheriff of Nottingham: No, no. You've failed me. You're off the project. (points to Much) Now what is this creature doing here?
Guy of Gisborne: This is one of Robin Hood's inner circle. This is his right hand man.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Oh, bravo!
Guy of Gisborne: He can tell us all we need to know about the Outlaws.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Like what? Hm? That Robin Hood is against us? That he keeps moving his camp on? Hm? There's nothing to know!
Guy of Gisborne: Alright, so hang him then, make an example!
Sheriff of Nottingham: Brilliant!. A clue: no. Hang him and you have an instant martyr. Suddenly everybody loves Robin Hood!
Guy of Gisborne: So what would you suggest we do with him then?
Sheriff of Nottingham: I'll make a real example of this man. (laughs)
(The Outlaws are discussing the black powder)
Little John: It punched me to the ground. What was that?
Robin: Greek Fire. When we were in the Holy Land, we heard tales of boats being destroyed, sunken without a trace.
Djaq: Typical. Our alchemists have been experimenting with it for years, and it's called Greek! Never Saracen, Greek!
Allan A Dale: It's amazing.
Will Scarlett: No, it's not. It's evil. It doesn't require any courage or strength or wit to use it.
Sheriff of Nottingham: (to Gisborne) Your friend seems to enjoy the power he has over us. Very clever. (to Lambert) Congratulations, you've just made yourself the most important man in Nottingham, Lambert. So when we hurt you, we'll do it very carefully.
Guy of Gisborne: Please dismount, my lord, there may be quite a bang.
Sheriff of Nottingham: Really?
Guy of Gisborne: Your horse is highly-strung.
Sheriff of Nottingham: It won't be the only highly-strung creature if I'm made to hang around for much longer.
Much: When I was in the Holy Land, I would find myself craving something. I thought it was hunger - it was hunger most of the time, but now and then when I would feel it - it would not be in the stomach, but in the heart.
Eve: Your song's a bit sad too, isn't it?
Eve: You have a terrible voice.
Much: Well it hs been said by many, most of them fools.
Robin: So Gisbourne's going to help us?
Robin: And what on earth did you do to make him agree to that?
Marian: Nothing. I played on his conscience.
Robin: I would believe that if I thought he had one!
Robin: When you wake you, you tell the Sherrif that Lambert no longer knows where the ledger is. Robin Hood knows.
Guard: I'm not asleep!
Robin: (Knocks him out) You are now!
Much: I must say it is very plesant...as far as traps go.
Sherrif: By the powers vested in me...blah-dey blah-dey blah...I dubb thee Earl of Bonchurch.
Much: I will not poison myself! You will have to kill me first!
Robin: Trust me, Much can do this!
Allan: Are we talking about the same Much?
Much: (shouting in Nottingham Town, trying to get himself arrested) Prince John, in the absence of Good King Richard, has turned this country into a state of terror. His followers are thugs! Our taxes are too high! People are starving! (pauses; to himself) What does one have to do around here to get arrested? (walks up to a guard, kicks him the stomach) Arrest me! (gets beaten up by the guards, then arrested) Thank You!
Lambert: Stop - or there'll be trouble!
Sherrif: I adore trouble!
Robin: The plan is...somebody needs to get arrested!
Lambert: Black powder is not a toy Guy, it is lethal and I will not let you abuse its power.
This episode first aired in the United States on Saturday April 28, 2007.
Eve: (to Much) You could stay here... with me.
This quote is almost indentical to the one in the 1989 Bond movie "Licence To Kill" when Lupe tells Bond "You could stay here with me" (without the pause between words).
Sherrif: (After introducing Much as the Earl of Bonchurch) Did you know I heard there was a Roman Emperor who made his horse a Senator!
The Sherrif is refering to the Roman Emperor Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus or Calligula who appointed his favourite horse Incitatus to a seat on the Senate.
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