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When Blackadder and Melchett are kidnapped by the evil Prince Ludwig, the Queen is given an impossible choice. She can only pay the ransom on one of them, but which one?

She decides to spend the money on a big party instead.

The boys buy their freedom by giving Ludwig some vital information that will enable him to assassinate the Queen. They tell him that Nursie always goes as a cow at the Queen's fancy dress parties.

The boys escape, rush home, and kill the cow! (How did Blackadder know it was Ludwig in the cow costume? 'Ludwig was a master of disguise, whereas Nursie is a sad, insane old woman with an udder fixation. All I had to do was kill the one that looked like the cow.')

All ends happily until, after the end credits, it is revealed that Ludwig came back, killed the whole court and has now taken over the country disguised as the Queen.

quote Queenie: If we went around punishing people for being stupid, Nursie would have been in prison all her life.

quote Blackadder: Oh, God, God, God! What on earth was I drinking last night? My head feels like there's a Frenchman living in it.

quote Ludwig: You find yourself amusing, Blackadder.
Blackadder: I try not to fly in the face of public opinion.

brush up
shakespeare Melchett bemoans their cruel fate with, "As private parts to the gods are we, they play with us for their sport." This is a take on Gloucester's line in King Lear: "As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods, They kill us for their sport."

try a quiz Test Your Cunning Try the Blackadder series two quiz.

Baldrick's wisdom Poor Balders doesn't have much to do in this episode at all. But he does turn up the fancy dress party as a pencil case.

Insult of the episode Blackadder: Nursie is a sad, insane old woman with an udder fixation.

Song lyrics
Song lyrics Beware, all ye who lust for fame!
The path of life is most uncertain.
Prince Ludwig thought he'd won the game,
But now, the Kraut's gone for a Burton.

Blackadder, Blackadder,
He beat the Hun by luck.
Blackadder, Blackadder,
He's smarter than a duck.

Lord Melchett, Lord Melchett,
Intelligent and deep.
Lord Melchett, Lord Melchett,
A shame about the sheep!

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