The Road to Royston
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Guest Stars 
Charlotte Avery [ Gwynedd ], Norman Eschley [ Baron Royston ], Wolf Christian [ Captain Drugo ], Chloe Buswell [ Bernadette ], Paul Lichtman [Barkley], Natalie Morse [ Ingrid Little ], Phyllis Franklin [ Mrs. Turnbull ], Eric Gerleman [ Luther ], McKerrin Kelly 
[ Villager ]
Aired: Aug 30th 97 Episode: 18 Written by: Mike Ashworth Director: Terry Bedford 

  
Laydee Laura's Misguided Tour
The Road to Royston
(or Lead Me Not Into Temptation)


In the previous episode, Bombs Away, we saw Robin and Marion come as close 
as they are ever going to get to being romantic.  Now Robin has a damsel in 
distress making eyes at him, and it looks like he's tempted to succumb to 
her wiles!   Lucky for us Robin is not allowed to be romantic with ANYONE in 
this series. 
 SKIRTING THE ISSUE:
 Why are all the girls in the Baron's castle wearing 
red skirts made from the same material as Robin's threadbare cloak? 

 HE FOUND IT IN A THRIFT STORE:
 Could Drugo be wearing Captain DeLouche's hand-me-downs?  His silver shirt looks like the Popiel Ultimate Protection Celestially Supported Armor with the sleeves cut off and DeLouche's golden standard removed. 

 POP-UP VIDEO:
 Here's a new special effect:  Kemal-in-the-Box.  You never 
know when he'll pop up! 

 USE YOUR HEAD FOR SOMETHING OTHER THAN GROWING HAIR!:
 With all the time that Kemal has been spending with Robin lately, don't you think he'd have 
sense enough not to get involved with a money-grubbing-ruthless-back-stabbing-slimeball like Baron Royston? 

 DID SHE TAKE THE EXPRESS LANE?:
 Royston is 2 days away, but it doesn't seem that Gwynedd has been riding quite that long.  And if tomorrow is Friday that means you still have 2+ days to reach Royston, Rob, so quit 
complaining! 

 FIRST TEMPTATION OF ROBIN:
 Gwynedd strips and kicks her habit, and she and Robin lock eyes.  You know she wants something to happen, and he looks tempted for a moment, but he's too noble for that. 

 ROOM WITH A VIEW:
 Nice of Baron Royston to give Bernadette a room that overlooks the stocks where her true love, Ian, is imprisoned, not to mention the gallows he's building just for her! 

 I THOUGHT THAT LOOKED FAMILIAR:
 Drugo and Kemal discover the wounded soldier.  The look in Kemal's eyes tells you that he recognizes the arrow as one of Robin's.  Now we have no doubt as to which side he's on! 

 WHAT'S IN A NAME:
 Drugo:  "New Man, you'll ride with me." 
Doesn't Drugo even bother to learn his henchmen's names? 

 NO PLACE LIKE HOME:
 Since when has Little John lived in a house?  First off there aren't supposed to be any permanent structures in camp.  I thought Little John lived in camp with everyone else, but if Ingrid was living here alone, how did he know she tried to run away? 

 HAIRCUT:
 Nice to see they didn't try to burden Ingrid with a heavy fake 
hairpiece in this ep like they did in Robin and the Golden Arrow. 

 MAMA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG:
 Where did Gwynedd's leather satchel come from?  She wasn't carrying it when she left Royston, when Robin rescued her from the soldiers, or when she and Robin left Mrs. Turnbull's.  All of a sudden she's got a satchel to throw at the soldier pursuing her. 

 ALL HER COURAGE FLED:
 Gwynedd is tough enough to escape the Baron's castle with some of his money, find Robin Hood, ride hard through the forest to get to Royston in time to save her sister from hanging.  But after Robin shoots a soldier for her, all of a sudden she's gone weak and weepy and throws 
herself at Robin.  It's the Second Temptation of Robin!  This time he doesn't look tempted at all. 

 HAMMER HAPPY:
 The man in the fuzzy hat hammers at the gallows post.  What is he hammering?  He tugs on the rope, as if testing that his hammering job will hold, but he wasn't hammering the rope. 

 BEST SCENE OF THE EPISODE:
 Actually it's probably one of the funniest of the series.  You know which one!  "I know the Leperman's, the Leperetti's, the Leperoski's, the Leprechauns."  (Or considering Barclay sounds like he came from the Lower East Side, maybe that's the LepreKahns?) 

 HEY, WAIT A MINUTE!...:
 Robin throws off his disguise too soon, the soldiers haven't had time to run away yet!  Don't you think that if they saw it wasn't a leper underneath that cloak that they should have stayed and 
fought? 

 NOW HOW DO WE GET HOME?:
 I think it would have been funny to include a short little shot of Barclay and the soldiers trying to hitch a ride back to the castle after Robin hijack's their wagon. 

 RECITE AND REPEAT:
 Soldier:  "Who's with her [Gwynedd]?"  Drugo:  "A dead man."  How many times are they going to repeat this line?  It's already been in The Birthday Trap. 

 THROWING THE MATCH:
 How could simply throwing the black powder crate make it blow up?  If the box were on fire that would do it, but without fire it shouldn't explode. 

 HUNK OF BURNING LOVE:
 I'm impressed that the stunt crew actually allowed Matthew to stand in the back of the wagon surrounded by fire.  Of course the fire was probably flame jets that could be turned off at a moment's notice, so he wasn't ever in real danger. 

 OFFROADING:
 If Gwynedd had kept the wagon on the road, they wouldn't be in danger of going off a cliff.  No one builds a road so it deliberately goes off a cliff! 

 UNHITCHED:
 Funny thing, when Robin and Gwynedd ride off to safety, the horses are free and separate from each other.  They should have been still harnessed to the driving harness that Robin just unhitched from the wagon. 

 IF A TRAIN LEFT ALBUQUERQUE...:
 There is a BIG time discrepancy here.  Ingrid escapes from the house on Sunday morning, is picked up by Drugo, and arrives at Royston before Robin and the others.  How did she manage that if 
Royston is still 2 days away?!  Not to mention, if she's been locked up since Thursday, why did she wait til Sunday morning to escape? 

 STOCKING UP:
 When the Outlaws ride through the fog Kemal and Gwynedd are not with them.  That's because this is the start of a sequence of all the faceless stock riding footage the film editors could get their hands on. 

 HUH?:
 Robin:  "Steep? Yes.  Treacherous?  Maybe."  Would someone tell me what in the heck is that supposed to mean?  This line was reeeeaaaaally unnecessary. 

 ON THE FLIP SIDE:
 This is really bad climbing footage, that includes a shot from Devil's Bride, reversed so it looks like a new shot taken from the opposite angle. 

 GET DOWN, AND GET BACK UP AGAIN:
 They show Robin crawling along the wooden 
platform before they actually show him swinging up onto it. 

 COLD SHOULDER:
 The weather must have turned chilly again.  Everyone's 
noses look pink from cold in these scenes. 

 WOULD YOU LIKE A BLINDFOLD?  HOW ABOUT HALF OF ONE?:
 What a stupid blindfold they put on Bernadette; she can see right through it!  I know 
that's supposed to be her wedding veil, but it's still stupid looking. 

 HEY, ISN'T THAT?...:
 Is it just me, or does the hangman look like Matthew in disguise???  He's tall enough, and he's swathed in robes and a mask.  Robin is still supposed to be up on the wall, so he's not in this scene on the ground. 

 PRESTO!!!:
 Everything is calm when the trapdoor is dropped from beneath Bernadette.  Robin fires the arrow to sever the noose, she falls below the scaffold, and all of a sudden there is a full scale battle going on around her! 

 OOOPS!:
 Right after Robin's call for freedom, you see Kemal kick a 
soldier.  He grabs for the soldier's sword,... AND HE MISSES IT! 

 HEAD OVER HEELS:
 I always forget this is in here.  Robin does a neat 
midair somersault off the scaffold! 

 HARD OF HEARING:
 Little John declares that the Baron's  money will be divvied equally amongst the people, and people begin to cheer.  So Gwynedd really didn't need to ask if they heard him, they had or they wouldn't have cheered in the first place. 

 I NEVER LIKED THAT SWORD ANYWAYS:
 Why does Robin always drop his sword and leave it behind after a fight?  You'd think he'd want to keep his sword and take it with him. 

 LONG ENGAGEMENT:
 Bernadette and Ian want to wait 2 weeks before they get 
married?  I would think they'd waited long enough already. 

 HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE:
 Little John says Royston wasn't ready for Ingrid or her new friends.  What new friends?  She was only there long enough for the hanging and the battle that followed.  What new friends 
is he talking about? 



 FINAL SCORE:
 I like the interaction between Little John and Ingrid.  We know about Tuck's, Marion's, and Robin's pasts, but so far not much about Little John, except the fact that he's got a big family.  But would someone tell me what "Buss Britches" is supposed to signify? 


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