Black-Adder II: Season 1, Episode 5

Beer (13 Feb. 1986)

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Blackadder finds himself hosting a drinking competition on the same night he is entertaining his puritanical relatives.



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Edmund Blackadder is thrilled when his wealthy but puritanical relatives announce their desire to meet and discuss his inheritance. While planning a ingratiatingly spartan and fundamentalist dinner for them, he is summoned to court where he accidentally agrees to host a riotous drinking competition at his house on the same night. Written by Murray Chapman

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When Baldrick is told to "get the door", and carries out this instruction by removing the front door from its hinges and taking it to Blackadder, the front door is visible, still in its frame, over the door that Baldrick is presenting to Blackadder. See more »


[Elizabeth has coerced Blackadder into having a drinking party that night. He is trying to get it postponed a day because his rich Puritan relatives will be visiting]
Queen Elizabeth: I know why you want to get out of it, because I remember the last time you had a party. I found you face-down in a puddle, wearing a pointy hat and singing a song about goblins.
Blackadder: Yes, all right! All right! Tonight it is!
Queen Elizabeth: Oh, Edmund... I do love it when you get cross. Sometimes I think about having you executed just to see the ...
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Crazy Credits

In the closing credits, the theme is sung as though the singer were drunk, with a swift decline in vocal quality, and at one point, a hiccup. See more »


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"Beer" is very good - one to be reckoned with!
30 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Beer is probably the most wild out of all the Blackadder Series 2 episodes - lots of shouting and disorder in it. The way Blackadder switches between parties during the main part of the episode is brilliant - he is a character that shall be remembered for his extreme intelligence and cunning. From the start, we knew that an episode that involved a drinking contest would be wild - and Beer definitely lives up to this title. It is probably the most hilarious and immoral of all the episodes - only missing out on a 10 because it just wasn't rowdy enough, and should have had more scenes outside Blackadder's house. But this is only one minor nag - the episode is very well-written, and Blackadder's constant cool and brains make it very fun to watch. On the whole, Beer is very good - funny, well-written and rowdy and fun to watch - Blackadder meets "The Young Ones". Spiffing, but not quite top-hole. One to be reckoned with! 9/10

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