While Camelot prepares to celebrate peace with Mercia's visiting Lord Bayard, Nimueh situates a poisoned chalice at the royal table, where Arthur is to have it filled by Merlin. She then warns the unwary wizard of it, blaming Bayard. As expected, Merlin acts promptly to save his prince. Displeased and unsure, King Uther makes Merlin - a "disposable" servant - test the drink from the goblet, which Merlin does and collapses. Gaius diagnoses a fatal poison whose only cure comes from a flower that grows only in certain caves. The perilous journey to it may take too long. Although Uther forbids him to 'risk a king' for a pawn, Arthur bravely rides. Nimueh plays the local damsel-in-distress-turned-guide to make sure Arthur is fully exposed to horrible monsters. Even from his deathbed, Merlin conjures magical aid. When Arthur brings back the flower, Uther jails his disobedient heir and refuses to have it brought to Gaius, which calls for courtier ingenuity to come through for the endangered ... Written by
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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
After Merlin drinks from the poisoned chalice, he chokes when poison is starting to work and raises his empty right hand to his chin but when he falls to the floor the chalice is in his right hand again. 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.