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Recap / Blackadder S 2 E 1 Bells

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The first episode of Blackadder II. It introduced the new smart, cynical, Magnificent Bastard Blackadder, and Baldrick as the bumbling sidekick; so, pretty much, the Blackadder we know and love.

The episode opens with a young girl named Kate disguising herself as a boy named "Bob" to seek her fortune. She gets a job as Blackadder's servant, but naturally he falls in love with her. Not knowing her true nature, this causes him some upset. Hilarity Ensues (no, really) and when Edmund finds out she's a girl after all, they decide to marry, until the wedding is interrupted by no other than LORD FLASHHEART!


  • Absurdly Dedicated Worker: Parodied when Blackadder fires Baldrick in favor of Bob.
    Edmund: Well, Bob, welcome on board. Sorry Baldrick, any reason why you are still here?
    Baldrick: Euh .. I've got nowhere to go, my lord.
    Edmund: O surely you will be allowed to starve to death in one of the Royal pParks.
    Baldrick: I've been in your service since I was two and a half, my lord.
    Edmund: Well that is the why I am so utterly sick of the sight of you.
    Baldrick: Couldn't I just stay here and do the same job but for no wages?
    Edmund: Well, you know where you will have to live.
    Baldrick: In the gutter.
    Edmund: Yes. And you'll have to work a bit harder too.
    Baldrick: Of course, my lord.
    Edmund: All right. Go and get Bob's stuff in and chuck your filthy muck out into the street.
    Baldrick: God bless you, sweet master!
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  • Anything That Moves: Flasheart hits on Queenie, Nursie and even Baldrick.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Baldrick in his bridesmaid's dress. Despite the still-visible beard both Percy and Flasheart are instantly attracted to him.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Edmund repeatedly implies that he'd love for Percy to be his best man only to supply another name at the last minute; Queenie isn't having any of that, with her screeching at Edmund until he actually puts the offer on the table for Percy.
  • "Begone" Bribe: Edmund gives Kate's father £10 to go away before the wedding.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Flasheart to Melchett: "Still worshipping God? Last thing I heard He started worshipping me!"
  • Blatant Lies: Kate telling Blackadder that her name is actually short for Bob.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: The introduction of the Baldrick we know and love.
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  • Captain Obvious: After several months of her father screaming, wailing and yelling "I want to die", Kate has come to the conclusion that he's not entirely happy.
  • Catchphrase: Lord Flasheart - "Woof!"
  • Characterisation Marches On: While the second series would cement Edmund's final characterisation, he still comes as a bit more of a more clueless nebbish here (particular in his oblivious towards "Bob" and complete outclassing by the rival of the story), playing him a bit closer to his first series counterpart.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • Nursie recounts Elizabeth's birth, with everyone being excited at the prospect of Henry VIII having a male heir without a winkle. It took Thomas More to point out that a boy without a winkle is in fact a girl.
    • Blackadder decides he doesn't want his father-in-law-to-be at his wedding and pays him a bribe to leave the venue. When his fiance Kate gets upset at this, he reassures her that he'll get Baldrick to beat him up after the wedding and they'll get the money back.
  • Cure Your Gays: Edmund tries this when he thinks he's attracted to Bob. Since this is the 1500s, his doctor suggests leeches.
  • Doctor Jerk: The man Edmund goes to see about his manservant problems. The emotional abuse is all part of the service, at no extra cost.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: The Wise Woman claims to drug and sleep with anyone she fancies.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Nursie's actual name is Bernard.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Nursie's name is revealed as Bernard, but after Queenie calls her that once, it's never mentioned again.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Nursie’s real name is “Bernard” and her sisters are Donald, Eric and Basil.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Baldrick is delighted to live in the gutter and work harder if it means staying in Blackadder's employ.
  • I Call Him "Mister Happy": The doctor thinks this is the case when Blackadder comes to talk about his man-servant. Edmund actually is talking about his man-servant.
  • Idiot Ball: Blackadder cannot figure out that "Bob" is really a girl. (She doesn't make any effort to disguise her face or voice — it is obvious to every viewer from the moment Bob appears onscreen.) They have a rather sweet courtship anyway — which in itself is an Out-of-Character Moment for him.
  • Incoming Ham:
    [Horse neighs, trumpets, debris falls to the floor, Flasheart drops a rope and descends into the building]
    Flasheart: Yes, It's me!
    (small explosion)
    Flasheart: Flash by name, Flash by nature! HOORAY!!!
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Bob", helped particularly by Rowan Atkinson's pronunciation. Also, "winkle".
  • Kick the Dog: Blackadder's treatment of Baldrick. The minute "Bob" comes along, he fires him, despite Baldrick having nowhere else to go. When Baldrick protests, Blackadder warmly tells him he'll probably be allowed to starve to death in a park somewhere. He does rehire him, but at the cost of doing more work for less money. Baldrick still sees this as an upshot.
  • Large Ham:
    • The Crone outside the Wise Woman's hut.
    • The Wise Woman herself.
    • And Lord Flashheart. WOOF!
  • Love at First Sight: Blackadder and Bob are smitten with each other the instant she walks in the door.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: The Wise Woman's three solutions to Blackadder's problem are 1) Kill Bob, 2) Kill yourself, or 3) KILL EVERYONE ELSE IN THE WHOLE WORLD!
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Blackadder is unable to realize "Bob" is actually a woman until she bares her breasts at him.
  • Runaway Bride: In the end, Kate runs off with Flashheart.
  • Shaped Like Itself: When Blackadder asks the Young Crone how to find the Wise Woman:
    Young Crone: Two things must ye know about the Wise Woman! First...she is...a woman! And second, she is...
    Blackadder: Wise?
    Young Crone: You do know her then?
  • Smoking Hot Sex: After "Bob" reveals her actual gender by flashing her boobs at Edmund, we jump ahead to two minutes later and they're sitting together smoking old-time churchwarden pipes.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer...: Or in the doctor's case, leeches.


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