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When Things Were Rotten

Season 1 Episode 13

This Lance for Hire

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Dec 03, 1975 on ABC
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This Lance for Hire

The Sheriff hires the Black Knight to kill Robin.

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  • Robin Hood and his band of merry men steal from the Sheriff of Nothingham again, but this time, Robin is wounded in his arm. The sheriff hires the Black Knight to challenge Robin to a dual.moreless

    The Sheriff is furious over losing Prince John\'s finest treasures to Robin Hood when he had a 10 to 1 advantage. He gets the Black Knight \"on the horn\" (a very funny visual bit) to challenge Robin to a dual to the death.

    Upon arrival, the men begin to go through the riches they have just taken when they notice blood on the ground. It is determined that Robin was wounded in his right arm but told no one about it.

    When challenged by the Black Knight, Robin wants to defend his honor, but Maid Marian, his men and the local villagers feel that fighting the Black Knight with only his left arm will lead to his death. Little John and Renaldo try to convince the Black Knight to not fight because of the injury, but the Sheriff will not let the Black Knight out of his contract. “I will not fight a wounded man”. Sheriff tells him “You’d better shoot to kill”. The Black Knight replies “I’ll kill him, but once I’m done, I’m coming after you!”

    Quote from Renaldo: \"Robin is a legend, and you never can walk in on a legend when he\'s bleeding.\"

    To bad, this was the last episode to air. Would be nice to see all 13 episodes on DVD. This was great Mel Brooks comedy which probably lead to the movie \"Robin Hood, Men in tights.\"moreless

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    • Robin: I wonder - just who was that Black Knight anyway?
      Black Knight: (from behind) Men call me Leicester (removes helmet he wore throughout the episode, and he is revealed as a black man) Leicester - Leicester of Chichester. (departing) Later!
      Renaldo: Man, I ain't ever seen anything like that in the forest before.
      Robin: Yes - a knight with a moustache.

    • Black Knight: (to Sheriff, who will not release him from his contract to kill Robin) I'll kill him for you - but once he's dead I'm coming after you!

    • Sheriff of Nottingham: (to Bertram) Get the Black Knight on the horn. (But the horn is deafening)
      Bertram: It is long distance, you know. And that's only the area code!

    • Sheriff of Nottingham: (To Bertram, who has suggested he cut down the odds against Robin) You are a fool, you are an imbecile - and you may be right.

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