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Sir Walter Raleigh has returned from the New World and everyone's thrilled...except for Edmund Blackadder, of course. After he can't take any more of everyone hero worshipping Raleigh, Edmund plans to take off on his own voyage into the Sea of Certain Death. He packs his bags, gets his 'crew' together and hires a captain, but after bidding a tearful farewell to Queenie, reveals he was just planning to sail to France and TELL everyone he discovered a new world. All the better, because Captain Rum doesn't know how to get to France anyway. In fact, he doesn't know how to get anywhere. Our heroes are lost at sea, but just as they're about to resort to drinking their own urine to survive they spot land. After a thankfully off-screen encounter with cannibals, where Captain Rum makes a lovely second course, our heroes return in one piece, with gifts for Queenie and Nursie, but nothing for Melchett and Raleigh. Well, nothing but some very pungent wine they picked up at sea, of which there is an inexhaustible supply...


  • The Alcoholic: Defied. When Percy laments that they're condemned to a watery grave with a legless Captain, Rum calls foul, as he claims he hardly touches a drop of booze.
  • Audience Murmurs: Parodied, in the boat scene, where everyone is arguing except Captain Rum, who is just shouting 'rhubarb!' over and over. Of course, knowing Captain Rum, he could be arguing very strongly about rhubarb.
  • Bold Explorer: Sir Walter Raleigh returns in triumph to England, which makes Blackadder jealous, so when Sir Walter says that even he wouldn't attempt to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, Blackadder tells the court that he's going to do just that. Of course, Blackadder isn't actually bold; his plan is to sail to France and hide out, then return and claim to have sailed around the Cape. Unfortunately, the ship captain he picked for his expedition isn't capable of making it even as far as France — they wind up in Australia, returning with a boomerang for the Queen.
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  • Captured by Cannibals: Blackadder and co end up having this happen to them. Edmund, Percy and Baldrick manage to escape, but not so Rum
    Percy: [talking to Nursie about Rum] Do not despair, good woman. He died a hero's death, giving his life so that his friends might live.
    Blackadder: And that his enemies might have something to go with their potatoes!
    Nursie: [sobbing] You mean they put him in the pot?!
    Blackadder: Yes, your fiancee was a third-rate sailor, but a first rate second course!
  • Dirty Coward: Percy.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Melchett offering Edmund a potato and Blackadder saying "Thanks, I don't" plays like someone being offered a cigarette. See Edmund's quote under It Will Never Catch On, below for context.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Defied after Melchett and Raleigh drink the wine - since Blackadder and Baldrick withhold the information that it's actually Baldrick's urine, their reaction goes unrecorded.
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  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The Sea of Certain Death.
  • Inelegant Blubbering: Queenie relented from executing Raleigh, allegedly only because he was reduced to this on his way to the block.
  • Is That What They're Calling It Now?: Percy talks about his girlfriend:
    Percy: I even touched her once.
    Blackadder: Touched her what?
    Percy: Uh, once. In the corridor.
    Blackadder: I've never heard it called that before.
  • It Will Never Catch On: Edmund about potatoes: "People are smoking them, building houses out of them... They'll be eating them next."
  • Lame Comeback:
    Captain Rum: Aaah, courtiers to the Queen, you're nothing but lapdogs to a slip of a girl!
    Blackadder: Better a "lapdog to a slip of a girl" than a... git!
    • Subverted though, in that Rum is genuinely impressed by it.
  • Large Ham: Captain Rum, Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhrrrrrrrrrrrr. Of course, this is to be expected from someone played by Tom Baker.
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase: Captain Rum's "Ah! You have a woman's (noun)!" (He even uses it while talking to an actual woman.)
  • The Nicknamer: Queenie calls all her 'boys' by nicknames, even calling Sir Walter Raleigh Wally.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • It is revealed a horse was elected Pope. The details of this vibrant, dynamic and exciting Papacy has sadly been lost to history. (Of course, this is coming from Baldrick, who may not be a reliable source.)
    • Percy is scared of water because when he was a child he was savaged by a turbot.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Edmund talks about potatoes:
    Blackadder: I mean look at this! (picks up a potato) What is it?
    Baldrick: Oh, I'm surprised you've forgotten, my lord.
    Blackadder: I haven't forgotten; it's a rhetorical question.
    Baldrick: No, it's a potato.
  • Seadog Beard: Captain Rum has one.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Percy mentions Mrs. Miggins is baking a pie to honor Sir Walter in the shape of an enormous pie. Raeligh also tries, and fails to amuse Queenie with the tale of how he was nearly eaten by a hammerhead shark, describing it as a shark whose head was funnily shaped exactly like a hammer.
  • Smug Snake: Sir Walter Raleigh, until Queene decides that she's no longer interested in explorers.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Captain Rum carries a dead parrot with him.
    • The running joke where Rum criticizes Blackadder's hands, skin, etc. as not being those of a working mariner are riffing on a dialogue exchange from Jaws.
  • Sommelier Speak: Apparently Baldrick's urine is "familiar" and has "plenty of nose."
  • Talk Like a Pirate: Queenie wants to talk like a sailor to honor Raleigh, but ends up sounding like this. Raleigh is baffled.
    Queenie: Splice me timbers, Sir Walter! It's bucko to see you, old matey!
    Sir Walter: I'm sorry.
    Blackadder: (drily) She says 'hello'.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: Blackadder's reaction when Baldrick correctly notes that they haven't made it back to Southampton.
    Baldrick: Don't look much like Southampton to me, my lord.
    Blackadder: What?
    Baldrick: Well, those streams of molten lava and that steamy mangrove swamp. (Blackadder and Percy join Baldrick at the window as Jungle Drums are heard) And that crowd of beckoning natives rubbing their tummies and pointing to a large pot.
    Blackadder: [rolling eyes] Oh, God.
  • Toilet Humor: The urine drinking scene.


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