Recap / Blackadder S 2 E 2 Head

The second episode of Blackadder II involves Edmund becoming Lord High Executioner, with Baldrick as his headsman. Of course, Edmund changes the dates of the executions around, Baldrick executes the wrong man, and Queenie changes her mind so many times about who she really wants to kill and...hijinks ensue.


  • Ax-Crazy: Queenie reaches new heights of Ax-Crazy in this episode.
  • Comforting the Widow: Edmund tries this on Lady Farrow. Unfortunately it doesn't work.
  • Drama Queen: Lady Farrow tends to burst into tears at the slightest provocation, along with being generally very melodramatic.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!:
    Percy: [Looking at a decapitated head] Wait a minute, that's not Farrow, that's Ponsonby.
    Blackadder: What? Baldrick's only gone and chopped the wrong head off! We're saved. Farrow is alive and we're saved. And when the queen returns from her meeting with Ponsonby... OH GOD!
  • "Fawlty Towers" Plot: It all starts when Edmund changes around the execution schedule...and culminates in Edmund impersonating two women's husbands with a bag on his head.
  • Freudian Slip: Edmund to Lady Farrow: "Well, the thing is, you see, none of the other prisoners have such shapely widows, baa, wives I should say..."
  • High Turnover Rate: The post of Lord High Executioner. According to Edmund, nobody survives it for more than a week.
  • Moment Killer: Baldrick has an epic one when Lady Farrow is about to...do a wife's duty...to what she thinks is her husband. Edmund is not pleased.
  • Name's the Same: In-universe; Mr. Ploppy, Mistress Ploppy and Young Ploppy (aka Baldrick) aren't related.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Edmund Blackadder with a bag on his head =/= Lord Farrow. However, Lady Farrow doesn't seem to notice, other than his voice initially being too high-pitched, and his left arm being completely missing instead of just cut off below the elbow (and even then, Blackadder quickly makes up an excuse that covers it up). Blackadder's later disguise as the one-legged Lord Ponsonby is even less convincing.
  • Please Spare Him, My Liege!: Lady Farrow and Earl Farrow beg Queenie to spare Lord Farrow's life. Once Queenie figures out what's going on, she decides to.
  • Same Surname Means Different: There are two Ploppy's; one is the jailer and another is the woman who cooks Last Meals. They're unrelated.
    Blackadder: You are clearly a woman of principle and compassion mistress...?
    Mrs Ploppy: Ploppy Sir.
    Blackadder: Ah, so you are married to...
    Mrs. Ploppy: No, many people think that but it's pure coincidence. We did laugh when first we found out. "Good morning mistress Ploppy" he'd say, and I'd say "good morning Mr. Ploppy." (both laugh)
    Blackadder: The long winter evenings must just fly by.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Or more like, Bag, No Arm, Deep Voice.
    • And at the end, Bag, Hunch, No Leg, Lisp.
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