Recap / Blackadder S 2 E 5 Beer

God pats Edmund on the back and says "good boy, Edmund": his aunt and uncle, Lord and Lady Whiteadder, the two most fanatical puritans in England, are coming to dinner to discuss his inheritance. But all is not well; Edmund has inadvertently bet Lord Melchett a thousand florins that he can outdrink him, and has agreed to host the drinking party on the same night. And of course, Edmund famously can't hold his liquor. On top of all that, Queenie has decided to spy on "the boys" to see what really goes on at these drinking parties of theirs. So Edmund must host two parties in one night, convince his puritanical aunt he is a model Christian, and win his bet with Lord Melchett, without consuming a drop of alcohol. This calls for a cunning plan...


  • Bawdy Song: Edmund's song about goblins, 'I'm Merlin the Happy Pig' and Melchett's song about a girl with a 'dickie di do'.
  • Brick Joke: The Thingie-shaped Turnip.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor:
    • Edmund. One sip of the booze and he's singing about goblins.
    • Queenie, by inference.
  • Catch-Phrase: Lady Whiteadder - "Wicked child!"
  • Curse Cut Short: "Luck! sounds almost exactly like fu-" (cut to credits)
  • Don't Explain the Joke: One the drinking party guests (the one played by Hugh Laurie) does pretty much nothing but this. ("Wahey! Geddit?")
  • Drunken Song: Edmund tends to sing about goblins when he gets drunk.
  • Dry Crusader: Lord and Lady Whiteadder are these (at least until the end of the episode).
  • Failed a Spot Check: Blackadder is in such a hurry to get rid of "Gwendolyn" he fails to notice she looks an awful lot like the queen.
  • The Fundamentalist: Lord and Lady Whiteadder.
  • Funny Background Event: As a heavily sloshed Blackadder insults Lady Whiteadder while in front of the camera, Percy sits in the background with an ever-increasing look of sheer despair (including nearly breaking out into sobs, and at one point mouthing along to what Edmund says).
  • Gilligan Cut: Queenie threatens to kill everyone at Edmund's party, after a drink. Cut to next morning with everyone, Queenie and the Whiteadders included, smashed out of their gourds.
  • Historical In-Joke: Queenie recites the historical Elizabeth's "I may have the body of a weak and feeble woman" line, only this time the conclusion is "I have the heart and stomach of a concrete elephant".
  • Holier Than Thou: The Whiteadders, again.
  • I Can Explain: The first time, although it takes a minute of rapt thought to explain a drunk monk shouting "Great booze up, Edmund!" The second time..."I can't. Not just like that."
  • Innocent Innuendo: Queenie says she was awakened by a terrific banging by Lord Melchett. Edmund says "never knew he had it in him."
    • Also, Lady Whiteadder eating the thingie shaped turnip and saying it takes her back to her wedding night. "We ate turnips that night too."
  • Insult Backfire: Lady Whiteadder asks Percy if anyone has ever told him he's a giggling imbecile. Percy responds "Oh, yes." It takes her a moment to recover, and all she can say is "good".
  • Kill It with Fire: "Cold is God's way of telling us to burn more Catholics!" according to Lady Whiteadder.
  • King Incognito: Queenie shows up for Edmund's drinking party, wearing a black cloak to disguise herself as a man.
  • Large Ham: Lady Whiteadder. Both verbally and physically (due to the nature of her costume).
    Lady Whiteadder: Where there are guests, there are people to fornicate with!
  • Light Is Not Good: Lady Whiteadder, who due to their religiousness and piety, one would think would make them the Token Good Teammate of the Blackadder family. Turns out her fundamentalism and Holier Than Thou attitude makes her actually a lot worse. However, Lord Whiteadder is a decent fellow, but he has undergone a vow of silence, which he breaks by complimenting the visit.
  • Noodle Incident: According to Melchett, Blackadder when previously drunk was found wandering Hampton Court Palace, singing "I'm Merlin the Happy Pig!"...during a state visit by the King of Austria.
  • Not So Above It All: After four episodes of seeming like the (relative) Only Sane Man of the royal court, Melchett turns out to be a capable boozer.
  • Oh, Crap!: Everyone, when they realise that they're dealing with the Queen.
    • Before that, this is Percy's reaction to Edmund walking back into dinner with the Whiteadders wearing a pair of false breasts.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Queenie and her cloak. It actually works. Somewhat justified by the fact that everyone else is blind drunk.
  • Shave And A Haircut: Queenie knocks on the door, and Percy seems to do the "two bits" part.
  • Two-Timer Date: Edmund's two parties.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Lady Whiteadder calls breasts 'devils dumplings'.
  • The Voiceless: Lord Whiteadder, due to his vow of silence. He does speak at the end, telling Edmund how much he enjoyed the dinner party.
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