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Recap / Monty Pythons Flying Circus S 2 E 13

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Title: Royal Episode 13 (or: The Queen Will Be Watching)

Original Airdate: 22/12/1970

John Cleese will not be saying "And now for something completely different" tonight because they have been informed the Queen will be watching and they do not feel it is appropriate. Instead Mr. Cleese asks that when the Queen does watch everyone stand up. In the meantime the show will continue as normal.

The first spoof is: a satire of the coal mining industry, followed by: a talk show with people who speak oddly, several commercials both animated and live-action, how to feed a goldfish, a man stealing bird watcher's eggs, a man applying for life insur— OH SHIT IT'S THE QUEEN EVERYONE STAND UP — oh she changed the channel, everyone sit down; a hospital where the patients are treated with extreme physical exercise and forced labor ("RSM Hospital"), an exploding version of "The Blue Danube", a secret meeting in a girl's dormitory, Pepperpots running a submarine, five shipwreck survivors arguing about who to eat, and undertakers who are so disgusting they cause the audience to storm the set.



  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: The "Lifeboat" sketch and the "Undertaker/Cannibalism" sketch.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: The first doctor from the "RSM Hospital" sketch.
  • Finishing Each Other's Sentences: Exaggerated with the interview sketch, featuring a man who only speaks the ends of words, a man who speaks only the beginnings of words, and a man who speaks only the middle of words. It literally takes all three of them to say "Good morning."
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: The miners in the first sketch will start a hearty row at the slightest provocation.
  • Noodle Implements: The "specimens" in "The Insurance Sketch".
  • Self-Deprecation: The Queen tunes in to watch the show about halfway through. Not one minute later, she has turned over to the news.
  • Something Completely Different / Bait-and-Switch: John Cleese's Announcer appears at the start to announce that Her Majesty The Queen will be tuning in and that he will not be dropping his Catchphrase this time around as it would spoil the mood. Then the main titles start — a new, more dignified animation with somber music... which is punctuated by the Giant Foot of Stomping.
  • Studio Audience: In the "Undertakers' Sketch", they rush the stage in mock indignation. Apparently, letting the audience react this way was a condition of the BBC letting them use the skit. The BBC agreed to let them do the sketch only if they made it clear that the studio audience disapproved of it. The Pythons responded by taking it Up to Eleven, having the audience loudly boo practically every joke and then rush the stage at the end. It was All Part of the Show, of course.
    • Notably, when they do storm the stage, only half actually get up. The others are laughing heartily. In fact, even many of those who do rush the stage are visibly laughing.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: The Blue Danube (explosive edition).

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