The Scepter
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Guest Stars 
Andrew Bricknell [Prince John], Christopher Lee [Olwyn] , Paul Lichtman [Barkley], Amanda Walker [ Mortiana ], Forbes Collins [Malenoch], Emily Reymond [Lady Elizabeth], Jon Paul Beauregard [ Priest ], Patrick Adamson [ Old man ], Andrea Griffin [ Woman #1 ], Vaidotas Korsokas [ Church boy ], Jessica Lee Maider [ Maiden #1 ], James Panozzo 
[Villager #1]

Aired:  Oct 11 97  Episode: 20 Written by: Sandra Weintraub & Chip Graham 
Dirctor: Terry Bedford


  
Laydee Laura's Misguided Tour
The Scepter
(or Who's The King of This Castle?)

Everyone is giving orders:  Olwyn, Mortiana, Robin, and Lady Elizabeth. 
Prince John is the only worthless lump in the whole bunch!
 GOSPEL ACCORDING TO ME:
 I have no clue what kind of tarot spread Mortiana is using, but she is right that the Queen of Cups crossed by Death isn't a good sign.  It means his relationship with Lady Elizabeth is about to
undergo a drastic change!

 I AM NOT AN ANIMAL!:
 They pulled a hood over the priest's head so we don't have to look 
at his hideous eyebrows anymore.

 RED ROBIN HOODS:
 The red hoods the zombies are wearing look like remnants of Robin's red threadbare cloak.

 BLIND MAN BUFF:
 Nice montage of camp life while Robin waits to be attacked by Little John and Kemal.  Oh, and an extra nice job of showing off his biceps whilest reaching out to find his way.

 COME BLOW YOUR HORN:
 The man who blows the warning horn is the same actor
who played the priest with the scary eyebrows just a few moments ago!

 GUIDE TO GOOD ENGLISH:
 The little Lithuanian boy says his lines perfectly,  and with hardly a touch of accent.  
He could teach the adults a thing or two.

 RUG OR ROADKILL:
 The old man who tells about the dead men walking looks
like he's hidden a Lhasa Apso under his hat.

 BACKPAGING: 
The pages of Olwyn's magic book turn backwards instead of forwards.

 ROBIN'S CYCLING TOUR OF YORKSHIRE:
 Cyclists tuck their pant legs into their socks or use a clip to keep from getting their pants caught in the bicycle chain.  When Robin dismounts his horse going to Olwyn's you see him
with his pant legs tucked into his boots.  He never wears them this way, so is he trying to keep his pant legs from getting tangled in.... his horse's bicycle chain?

 CRYSTAL BALLS WILL ROLL:
 Mortiana is looking deep into her crystal ball
trying to find out who framed her in such an unflattering shot.

 GIMME A RING SOMETIME:
 Barkley's ring seems to have a lot of special
powers.  Who does he think he is,... the Green Lantern? 

 VOICE OVER DONE:
 If they raise Melanoc's voice any higher he'll be a Chipmunk.

 CARDINAL SIN:
 Why is Barkley performing the funeral service?  Shouldn't
the Prince's personal priest do that?

 KING ME:
 Prince John is having his portrait painted, holding a bow and not wearing his crown.  Oh, but he absolutely needs to be wearing his crown when he walks out on the battlements. 

 FREEZE FRAME:
 All the principle actors in this ep (and I think all of them are in this episode too) are gathered in Prince John's audience chamber posing for Sherwood's Annual Christmas Card Photo.

 NOT-SO-SECRET GETAWAY:
 Robin used a secret entrance to the castle in The
Golden Arrow.  Why does he need to ask Prince John for another one?

 EQUINOX EXTRAVAGANZA???:
 Had the writers done some further research, they would have known an "extravaganza" 
would have been more appropriate at Solstice, rather than an Equinox.  And Mortiana is 
right in that she would never have worn red at an Equinox.  She'd have saved the red 
for Midsummer Solstice.

 I'VE NEVER SEEN ONE THAT BIG BEFORE!:
 I thought a sceptre was like a wand; it's probably as long as your arm, and easy to carry.  This isn't a sceptre, it's a hat rack someone set on fire, complete with antlers on the top.

 ZAPPED!:
 Mortiana and Olwyn's lightning bolt shocks Melanoc by giving him
a wedgie and raising his voice another notch.

 IF YOU WANT SOMETHING DONE RIGHT...:
 Shows how drastically the relationship has changed:  
now Lady Elizabeth is ordering Prince John around!

 OLD SALT:
 Olwyn closes the circle made of salt, which is probably the only thing the writers got close to right.  In magic salt is pure, and evil spirits won't cross a line of salt.  (Question:  How do you know a blonde witch closed the circle?  Answer: There is white out on the floor.)

 STONE'S THROW:
 Of course down in the Royal Crypt there is a stone with a hole in it and the sceptre just so happens to fit in it.  It was there all the time, just waiting for such an occasion.

 JUST LIKE A MAN:
 Lady Elizabeth does all the heavy work trying to block the gates, and Prince John lifts one tankard and thinks he's done enough. He does redeem himself (back to his usual level of uselessness) by picking up an axe attempting to fight a zombie with it.

 HIGH JUMP:
 HELLO!!!  Why did I never notice this before?  When the Outlaws come down off the battlements to fight more zombies, Robin makes a fantastic leap off the railing.

 OR DOOR NUMBER THREE?:
 The Outlaws take refuge in the castle, and the zombies follow.  They get two doors open, but the third door won't open when the latch is pulled.  That's because the door opens in the opposite
direction and needs a push. 

 THEY'LL NEVER GET THROUGH THIS DOOR!:
 No?  How about this one then?  Or this one?  For such a fortified castle the zombies make all the
fortifications seem awfully flimsy.

 CROSS MY HEART:
 When Mortiana and Olwyn raise their crosses, why doesn't it occur to Tuck to do the same?  Why doesn't it occur to Mortiana or Olwyn to prompt Tuck to do so, when they know that three is a stronger number than two?

 GOOD ONE, SHAGGY!:
 Melanoc orders the zombies out of the way so he can break the door down, and all the zombies turn around making a noise that sounds like Scooby Doo asking a question. 

 THE GOOD, THE BALD, AND THE HAIRY:
 Robin, Little John, and Kemal are going
to fight Melanoc by lashing his bald pate with their long luxurious locks!

 FRIENDS OF CASPER'S?:
 Melanoc is defeated and he dies.  All his zombies
disintegrate and chains of paper dolls rise from their deflated clothing.

 UNSOLVED MYSTERY:
 On the wall behind Olwyn is a crypt stone that reads: "Captain DeLouche, Loyal Servant of Prince John."  But DeLouche disintegrated and vanished when Robin killed him with the Golden Arrow, so
there wasn't any body to bury here.

 PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW:
 Alas the farewells to Olwyn and Mortiana are
very real because they don't make another appearance in the second season.



 FINAL SCORE:
 I have to say I think this is one of the best episodes of the
second season:  magic, adventure, good character interaction.  Oh and it had
a good Hair Rating as well.


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