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Sharpe and his Chosen Men are sent to retrieve the wife of a British general from an army of British, French and Portugese deserters led by Sgt. Hakeswill.

Tropes that appear in this episode:

  • Affably Evil: Pot au Feu, the French quartermaster and one half of a Big Bad Duumvirate with Hakeswill, is noticeably cordial and welcoming for a deserter, offering to cook for his captives.
  • And Your Little Dog, Too!: After telling Colonel Dubreton to find another wife, Ducos tells Sharpe that he’ll force Sharpe to find another wife.
  • Asshole Victim: It’s very satisfying to see Hakeswill meet his end.
  • An Asskicking Christmas: The climax takes place on Christmas Day.
  • Attempted Rape: Hakeswill attempts to rape Lady Farthingdale twice.
  • Bald of Evil: There's not a hair on Kelly's head.
  • Batman Gambit: Sharpe tells Colonel Dubreton and his wife that he has horse (cavalry), foot and artillery. He knows the arrogant Ducos will be dismissive of this, which comes as a surprise to the French soldiers sent to take Adrados and they are beaten back by volleys of rifle fire, fake cavalry and rocket artillery.
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  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Obadiah Hakeswill and Pot-au-Feu. They're also in a Big-Bad Ensemble with Major Pierre Ducos.
  • Big Book of War: There's a guide to what a good soldier should be, written by an officer who's never been to the front. The men who can read - or know someone who can read it to them - find it hilarious.
  • Big Damn Villains: It's the French who show up to cut off Hakeswill. Downplayed in that it's the noble Colonel Dubreton who leads this force, but it was sanctioned by French high command.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Kelly after he's bayoneted.
  • Character Death:
    • Teresa is gunned down by Hakeswill.
    • Hakeswill is executed by firing squad.
  • *Click* Hello: Dubreton greets Hakeswill with a cocked pistol as Hakeswill tries to rape Lady Farthingdale.
  • Colonel Badass: Dubreton holds the rank of Colonel and can hold his own against Sharpe.
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  • Dangerous Deserter: Obadiah Hakeswill helps lead a small army of them, with him as the most dangerous of all.
  • Decomposite Character: The books had Lady Farthingdale as Josefina from Sharpe's Eagle. In the TV series, they're different characters.
  • Defector from Decadence: With a dash of Because You Were Nice to Me. Kelly switches sides when Sharpe, an officer he idolised and respected, gives him a chance to redeem himself, but he was already established as the one deserter with standards.
  • Defiant Captive: Lady Farthingdale never stops trying to resist Hakeswill.
  • Disguised in Drag: Perkins when the Chosen Men infiltrate a fort.
  • Do with Him as You Will: Dubreton hands Hakeswill over to Sharpe after Hakeswill murders Teresa.
  • Downer Ending: Sharpe's finally rid of Hakeswill, but not before his enemy fatally wounds Teresa.
  • Dual Wielding: For his duel with Dubreton, Sharpe wields his sword in one hand and a frying pan in the other.
  • Enemy Mine: Sharpe and Colonel Duberton versus the deserters.
  • Establishing Character Moment: This episode introduces Major Ducos, one of the main villains of the series, who wastes no time letting the audience know what sort of cold-hearted bastard they're dealing with.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Kelly's practically sickened by the other renegades' lewd actions toward the women.
  • Good Costume Switch: Kelly ditches his black head ribbon when he makes his Heel–Face Turn.
  • Green and Mean: Pot au Feu is an antagonist who wears green. Downplayed as he's pleasant to be around unless you mess with his food.
  • Handy Cuffs: A rope variant when Port au Feu uses the rope tied around his wrists to strangle a French soldier.
  • Happily Married: Colonel Dubreton to his wife Sarah. He brings the ransom for her himself, and would gladly storm the place where she's being held, save that his superiors won't allow him to risk so much for his British wife.
  • High-Class Call Girl: Lady Farthingdale's not really Farthingdale's wife, just a prostitute hired to pose as his wife.
  • Historical In-Joke: Sharpe comments on the effectiveness of his recently used and very lethal Napoleonic rocket technology:
    Sharpe: Well, Mr Giliand, I wouldn't be surprised if one day we reach the moon with one of your rockets.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Hakewill's appetites are his undoing. If he hadn't kidnapped Lady Farthingdale again in order to rape her, Teresa and Dubreton likely wouldn't have caught up with him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Kelly gets bayoneted by one of the renegades.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Ducos bluntly tells Sharpe that negotiating with the deserters is a fool's errand and that the women are as good as dead. Lack of Empathy is in full effect — and it's implied that his personal hatred for the British is dictating this stance — but it's hard to find fault with his logic, especially considering Hakeswill had just doubled the agreed upon ransom and sent Sharpe and Dubreton back empty-handed.
  • Know When To Fold Them: Port au Feu surrenders when his men are trapped and he has a sword to his throat.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • Major Pierre Ducos. When Sharpe asks him what Colonel Dubreton is to do about his wife being held captive, Ducos responds "Find another."
    • Hakeswill orders one of the renegades to murder one of Lady Farthingdale's bodyguards simply for being an inconvenience. And that's not going into his treatment of women.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: Hakeswill orchestrates it so that Sharpe and Harper, on a mission to ransom Lady Farthingdale, attack and almost kill a pair of Frenchmen... who are there for exactly the same reason, but for the French officer's wife. Fortunately, Sharpe realizes what's going on before anything irreversible happens.
  • Little Useless Gun: Sir Augustus Farthingdale carries one of these, which he uses to get Harper’s attention (the IMFDB page remarks that the gun is little more than a noisemaker).
  • Man Bites Man: Lady Farthingdale bites Hakeswill when he shoots Teresa.
  • May–December Romance: Lady Farthingdale is much younger than her husband. And it's not really a romance anyways.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Harkening back to Sharpe's dim commentary on flogging, Kelly states that suffering this was why he deserted.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Famously. The drop-dead gorgeous Isabella Farthingdale spends the episode showing off her generous cleavage, even being forced to strip at one point. Even Sharpe can't resist a night with her.
  • Not So Stoic: The normally composed Wellington completely loses his temper at Lord Farthingdale's ignorance and idiocy.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Pot au Feu uts Kelly on guard duty when the latter protests against the maids being offered to the unruly renegades. Kelly, when found by Sharpe and the Chosen Men, does a Heel–Face Turn and locks the renegades in the villa, making them waste time trying to get the doors open and the place is turned into a shooting gallery as Sharpe and the Chosen Men kill them left and right.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Kelly killed a French cavalryman at Talavera.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: When Sharpe and the French colonel are fighting, Hakeswill whispers that he hopes Sharpe isn't killed. When Pot-au-Feu asks why, Hakeswill responds that he wants to do it himself.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: Lady Farthingdale wears one in her first appearance. Shame she loses it almost right away.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Pot-au-Feu tells Hakeswill to not rape the women because it will damage the ransom value.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Sharpe persuades Kelly to make a Heel–Face Turn and Kelly is killed by one of his fellow renegades in the battle next day. Sharpe recognizes him as a Chosen Man as Kelly dies from his wounds.
  • Redemption Promotion: Kelly was a Connaught Ranger before his desertion, a mere Mook with the deserters, and regarded as a Chosen Man by Sharpe as he dies.
  • Shameful Strip: Hakeswill forces Lady Farthingdale to pose topless for Sharpe when he comes to deliver the ransom.
  • Something They Would Never Say: Dubreton realizes that Sarah's seemingly despairing message for him is in fact a hint at where she and the other women are being held, being a quote from a poem about a woman unwillingly Taking the Veil.
  • Speak Ill of the Dead: Major Ducos would give Sharpe his condolences for having lost his wife, if only his wife hadn't been "the Spanish whore who waged war on France."
  • Spiteful Spit: While tied to the post for execution, Hakeswill spits at the man who attempts to put the blindfold over his eyes.
  • Stuffy Brit: Sir Augustus Farthingdale, who writes a book on soldiers' conduct and never set a foot on a battlefield. If anything, Wellington and Nairn are amused by it.
  • Threw My Bike on the Roof: Sharpe gets heartbroken, and in utter frustration, he destroys a French spy's glasses. Said spy came to demand that the British surrender. The spy was a jerkass and had it coming. Nothing to gain from it, except it was a good way of showing the French Jerk who the alpha dog is.
  • Trojan Prisoner: At the beginning, Port au Feu is tied up along with some French soldiers by a group of British soldiers, who are escorting a woman. It turns out they are all working together, apart from the woman, who is their captive.
  • The Vamp: Lady Farthingdale when she seduces Sharpe.
  • Wicked Cultured: Pot-au-feu, at least when it comes to food.
  • Woman in White: Lady Farthingdale only wears white during the episode.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Even though he's married to Teresa, Sharpe sleeps with Isabella, a former flame and married to an English aristocrat. And then Teresa is shot while trying to save her from being raped by Hakeswill, and later dies.

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