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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'.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Edmund.
  • Catch Phrase: Lady Whiteadder - "Wicked child!"
  • Curse Cut Short: "Luck! sounds almost exactly like fu-" (cut to credits)
  • 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).
  • The Fundamentalist: Lord and Lady Whiteadder.
  • Holier Than Thou: The Whiteadders, again.
  • I Can Explain
  • 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."
  • King Incognito: Queenie shows up for Edmund's drinking party, wearing a black cloak to disguise herself as a man.
  • Light Is Not Good: The Whiteadders, who due to their religiousness and piety, one would think would make them the Token Good Teammate of the Blackadder family. Turns out their fundamentalism and Holier Than Thou attitude makes them actually a lot worse.
    • Lord Whiteadder is actually decent, but has undergone a vow of silence, which he breaks by complimenting the visit.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Queenie and her cloak. It actually works.
  • 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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