Black-Adder II: Season 1, Episode 2

Head (16 Jan. 1986)

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Edmund is "awarded" the post of Lord High Executioner, a position which frequently results in the loss of one's own head.



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Following the execution of the Lord High Executioner himself, Queen Elizabeth appoints Edmund Blackadder to the post. Blackadder is hardly excited as nobody ever lasts very long in the role. Delegating the entire operation to the incompotent Lord Percy, he suspects he might be in trouble when the Queen pardons a prisoner that has already been executed. Written by Murray Chapman

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The first two episodes were originally meant to air the other way round. This would explain why Percy's beard reappears after he has shaved it for the second episode. See more »


When Edmund is reading his death warrant he holds it horizontally, but you can see that the text is written the other way around. See more »


[first lines]
Blackadder: Right Baldrick, let's try again shall we? This is called adding. If I have two beans, and then I add two more beans, what do I have?
Baldrick: Some beans.
Blackadder: Yes... and no. Let's try again shall we? I have two beans, then I add two more beans. What does that make?
Baldrick: A very small casserole.
Blackadder: Baldrick, the ape creatures of the Indus have mastered this. Now try again. One, two, three, four. So how many are there?
Baldrick: Three.
Blackadder: What?
Baldrick: ...and that one.
Blackadder: Three and that one. So if I add that one to the three what...
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2 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Had it not been for the previous episode ("Bells"), then "Head" would have been the best show of the second series. It was delightfully dark and twisted--and therefore very funny.

The show begins with daffy Queen Elizabeth making Blackadder her royal executioner. The job is dreadful and it's made worse by his new assistants--who are as gross and annoying as old Baldrick. In a time-saving move, Edmund decides to just kill three condemned men now instead of waiting--which causes HUGE problems when, first, one of the men has a visit from his wife and, second, when Elizabeth herself pops around to visit another of the condemned men.

Well written, stupid and full of nasty humor--this one is a keeper!

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