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Sir Walter Raleigh is home from his epic voyage and the everyone in the kingdom is celebrating - everyone, that is, except Blackadder and Mrs Miggins from the pie shop (who is excused because she's paralysed from the nose downwards).

Goaded on by Sir Walter, and with the Queen promising to marry him if he succeeds, Blackadder vows to sail around the Cape of Good Hope, a journey so dangerous that it spells almost certain death.

Things start badly when it becomes clear that Redbeard Rum, their captain, is so barking mad that he can't even find France. After two years, and much consumption of Baldrick's urine, they return home in triumph only to discover that the Queen has completely gone off sailors.

quote Blackadder: Bloody explorers, ponce off to Mumbo Jumbo land, come home with a tropical disease, a suntan and a bag of brown lumpy things, and Bob's your uncle, everyone's got a picture of them in lavatory.

quote Queenie: Oh, Edmund: then this is it. Have you got clean underwear, and don't eat foreign food and watch out for strange men and discover me a country and bring me back a vegetable and… oh, everything.

quote Percy: Don't be ridiculous, Baldrick. You know me. I mean, I laugh in the face of fear and tweak the nose of the dreadful spindly killer fish.

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shakespeare Queenie's attempt at poetry isn't quite in the same league as the Bard's. Here it is in full:

When the night is dark,
And the dogs go 'bark',
When the clouds are black,
And the ducks go 'quack',
When the sky is blue,
And the cows go 'moo',
Think of lovely Queenie:
She'll be thinking of you.

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

Baldrick's wisdom Baldrick: Stranger things have happened.
Blackadder: Well, exactly.
Baldrick: That horse becoming Pope.
Blackadder: For one.

Insult of the episode Blackadder: Better a lap-dog to a slip of a girl than a ... git!

Song lyrics
Song lyrics Sir Francis and Sir Walter had
Discovered New Worlds and new nations.
And though Blackadder thought them mad,
He tried his hand at navigation.

Blackadder, Blackadder,
He saw the oceans foam.
Blackadder, Blackadder,
He should have stayed at home.

Blackadder, Blackadder,
He heard the New World call.
Blackadder, Blackadder,
Discovered bugger all!

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