While Camelot prepares to celebrate peace with Mercia's visiting prince Bayard, Nimueh forges a poisoned chalice and places it at the royal table where Arthur is to have his cup filled by Merlin. Then the sorceress warns the page-magician, blaming Bayard, so king Uther makes Merlin test the drink from the goblet (as he is a 'disposable' servant). Gaius diagnoses a fatal poison; the only cure is from a flower which grows only in certain caves, but the perilous journey to it may take too long. Arthur bravely rides, although Uther forbids him to 'risk a king' for a pawn. Nimueh plays the local damsel in distress and guide, to make sure Arthur is fully exposed to horrible monsters; but even on his deathbed Merlin conjures a magical aid. When Arthur brings the flower, Uther jails his disobedient heir and refuses to have it brought to Gaius, but now, courtier ingenuity helps out endangered magic. Written by
Did You Know?
The first kiss on screen was in S1.4 where Angel Couulby (Gwen) kisses Colin Morgan (Merlin) in Gauis's chambers when he wakes up after being poisoned by the Mordius flower. See more
When Arthur kills the beast in the forest, his sword is stuck in the belly of the beast. The camera immediately pans back over to Arthur and his sword is already back in its sheath. See more
It's character building. As the old proverb says, hard work breeds... a harder soul.
There's no way that's a proverb. You just made that up.