Monty Python's Flying Circus: Season 4, Episode 2

Michael Ellis (7 Nov. 1974)

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A shopper tries to determine the identity of a man being paged in a bizarre department store; a poetry reading is disrupted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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First Store Assistant / Waiter / Gladys / Old Lady / Mr. Crawley / Colonel Ewing
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Store Assistant / Percy Bysshe Shelley / Mr. Zyndersky
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Chris Quinn / John Keats
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Real Store Manager / Chris's Mother / Man in Restaurant / Voice of Ant Expert / William Wordsworth / Toupee Manager / 'End of Show Department' Assistant
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Second Store Assistant / Mr. Hartford / 'University of the Air' Announcer / Surgeon / Lift Woman / Queen Victoria / Mr. Bradford / Complaints Manager
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Lady Shopper / 'Happy Ending' Girl
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A shopper tries to determine the identity of a man being paged in a bizarre department store; a poetry reading is disrupted by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

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Customer: What do you feed them on?
Second Store Assistant: Blancmange.
Customer: Blancmange?
Second Store Assistant: I'm sorry, I don't know why I said that. Ah no, you don't feed them at all.
Customer: What do they live on?
Second Store Assistant: They don't, they die.
Customer: They die?
Second Store Assistant: Of course they do, if you don't feed them.
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The original comedy store
23 June 2013 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

The second episode of Season 4 of 'Monty Python' is an improvement on the disappointing first. Eric Idle plays 'Chris Quinn', a naive young man who goes to a London department store to buy an ant. After encountering various irritating shop assistants, he gets his ant - but takes it back when he realises it is missing a couple of legs. It is good to see Idle dominating the show for once. Terry Jones is his mother, who keeps a live tiger in the kitchen. Not much animation, apart from the opening titles and an ant documentary on television. The department store setting features a number of surreal gags, including a doorman ( Palin ) getting kneed in the groin by a customer, Carol Cleveland attempting to buy a flame-thrower, the poetry session full of dead poets such as 'Percy Bysshe Shelley' ( Gilliam ) and 'Keats' ( Idle ) and the toupee section where everyone is wearing shoddy toupees ( there's even one on a photo of the Reverend Ian Paisley ). The ending is a bit of a cop-out, but the Pythons make a virtue out of it, providing the episode's funniest moment - Chris goes to a section of the store that specialises in endings. After being shown several endings - a chase, a romantic clinch, a summing-up by a Brian Clough-type football expert ( Idle ), a slow fade - the shop assistant ( Jones ) suggests an abrupt ending, and that's what we get. Despite the odd longueur, 'Michael Ellis' is one of this season's stronger instalments. Incidentally, no-one named Michael Ellis actually appears in it, but then, that's Monty Python for you.


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