Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre

Season 4 Episode 7

The Emperor's New Clothes

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Oct 05, 1985 on Showtime



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Emperor: They (the people) see the truth! (looks down at self) That's not all the people see!

    • Emperor: One has to love one's self in order to love others, and no one loves me like I do.

    • Bo: Relax.
      Morty: I don't like to relax; it makes me jumpy.

    • Emperor:(about his one-man army) There goes a great army and a wonderful dancer.

    • Emperor: Excellent, excellent, yes. Where are you from soldier?
      Soldier: Here, sir!
      Emperor: Good, good. And where is the rest of the army?
      Soldier:Here, sir!
      Wmperor: Huh? I beg your pardon?
      Prime Minister: You see, my Lord, due to the prohibitive cost of the uniforms, this is the army.

    • Soldier: (in marching cadence) I'm the Emperor's fighting man/ Protect his honor when I can!


      Shiny shoes and starchy shirts/ We avoid all grime and dirt!

    • (on a tilted,weather-worn piece of wood)
      "Meanwhile, just outside the village..."

    • Emperor: The emperor must reflect. Time for reflection. (as the courtiers have left, her turns to his full-length mirror) And what a reflection I see!

    • The Emperor: Does the sash make me look fat?

  • Notes

    • The awards given to Bo and Morty at the ceremony were: Royal Knights of the Loom, Magnificent Order of Fabric Workers, and Best Achievement in Alterations.

    • The full names of our tailors are Rambo Lorenzo Wagner and Morton Woodrow Clayton.

    • Art Carney was nominated for a CableACE Award for his role in "The Emperor's New Clothes".

  • Allusions

    • Emperor: And there will be a ceremony with much pomp and many, many circumstances.-- This is a reference to the musical piece Pomp and Circumstance, usually used for graduations in the U.S.

    • Emperor: Does this sash make me look fat?- In the 80s, there was a trend of figure- and fashion-conscious women asking if something made them look fat began.