The Arabian Knight
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This is the Robin Hood I see, when I write my stories. He's cocky, dashing, athletic, funny, kind, loyal, passionate, loving. Willing to fight to the death, to protect the ones he loves. I consider THE  fight scene the best on television. That scene is my favorite of all Matthew's episodes. 
THIS is Robin Hood...a bit of Errol Flynn, a dash of the Fairbanks  and ALL 
Matthew Porretta.
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Never kiss
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Guest Stars 
Basienka Blake [ Gitta ], Rachel Fielding [ Enid ], Anthony Hannan [ Roger ], John Medlen [ Prince Francisco ], Andrew Zebrauskas [ Donald ], Monica Stonciute [ Peggy ], Ignas Jonynas [ Thug #1 ], Henry Celencevicius [ Thug #2 ], Jolanta Dapkunaite [ Harem wife #1 ], Alicia Medlen [ Harem wife #2 ]
Aired: Mar 10 97 Episode:13 Written by: Sandra Weintraub Director: Juan A. Mas 

 
  

Laydee Laura's Misguided Tour
THE ARABIAN KNIGHT
(or Jerry Springer visits Sherwood)


This episode has all the makings of an episode of Jerry Springer: two people in love with each other, one of whom is a priest, and the other is married to another man (Tuck and Enid); two people in love with each other who just don't see eye to eye (Roger and Gitta); two people in love with each other, who just can't admit it (Robin and Marion); and a bad guy hitting the neighborhood up for protection money so he can beat up his buddies and keep a harem barely dressed at home (Francisco and his "family".) And Little John is the head of the security team.
 LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT: 
The girl in the carriage window gazes lovingly at Robin throughout the entire first scene. Can we blame her?

IMPLANTS?: 
The purse is in the Lady's bodice, but how? That bag is too big to fit in there with everything else she's got up front. And exactly how did Robin extract that purse from her bodice? I didn't see any purse strings hanging from her bodice. Robin retrieved the purse just below the camera frame, so we may never know. (Robin, you devil you!)

STOMACH PUMP: 
Robin has a very interesting way of mounting his horse. That must be how he keeps those abs so nice and flat!

QUIVER WITH DELIGHT:
There are a bow and quiver riding in a pouch by Robin's right leg (hanging off the saddle.) In the next wide shot, Robin is riding with one hand on his hip again, and the pouch and all the weapons in it are gone. They don't reappear until the last scene.

LEAF ME ALONE:
Just before the rain starts, Little John uproots a young tree to use as an umbrella. The only problem with that is that there are very few leaves on it! What leaves are left fall off as he runs to his horse.

WHO WAS THAT MASKED MAN?:
Marion- "I will never kiss your ugly face." How does she know he's ugly? He's covered almost everything but his eyes!

HAVE GOON, WILL TRAVEL: 
Francisco's Goons? I didn't know goons were invented yet. And you say they're looking for protection money? Are we sure these "Arabs" weren't imported from New Jersey?"

BADD BOY: 
Remember the singing group, Color Me Badd? Doesn't Francisco look like Mark Calderon from CMB? Love his pretty hat. It would make a nice bridal headpiece if done in white.

FLUFF AND FUN:
Of course, the bad guy must have a bimbo, and Francisco has several, every single girl dressed in see through scarves and a wig.

WASHER WOMEN: 
Enid and Marion return from washing up just before Tuck reads the prayer book for Peggy. So why in the next scene are Marion and Enid washing up again? Must be a lot of dirty thoughts going around.

THEY'RE BACK, THEY'RE FRONT, THEY'RE SIDEWAYS:
Normally when one is carried over the shoulder, the person being carried is facing the carrier's back. Roger is carrying her backwards, which must have been awfully awkward.

DID YOU MISS ME?: 
You're tellin' me that after all the years they've been friends, brothers even, that Little John doesn't recognize Robin when he walks into a room? I know this is a new cloak for Robin, but reeeaaaallly!

COUNTER CULTURE: 
Robin's standing on the counter puts him way too high to give him any advantage fighting someone standing below him. But I do like the shot of him lounging oh-so casually on the bar.

SEEING DOUBLE:
If you look in the credits at the end of this ep, you will notice that the actor who played 'Francisco' is also listed as a stuntman. Watching him fight his own men in this scene makes me realize we've seen him before! Look at the way his hair moves and you will recognize him as Matthew's stunt double !

ROOM SERVICE: 
Why does Enid have to tell Peggy where she and Donald will be sleeping? Doesn't the child know where her parents' room is?

HE SAID, SHE SAID: 
This male/female bonding sequence is great. I just have this problem with the reference to chocolate. Chocolate came from Mexico/Central/South America, brought back by the explorers. But this is the 1100's and Columbus wasn't even a twinkle in his greatgrandfather's eye yet, let alone an explorer who brought chocolate from the "New World."

FRIAR CUTIE-PATOOTIE: 
Tuck now has a first name: Michael. And isn't he a romantic smoothie too?

GET IT OVER WITH!: 
Good night, Little John, and Marion, and Robin, and Roger, and Gitta. Did we forget JohnBoy? LOL

MUSIC OF THE NIGHT: 
Sounds like Robin and Marion want to say more than just good night. Very touching how they each put a hand on the wall that separates them. To my knowledge one of the few romantic moments between Matthew and Anna in this season.

PORTABLE CATAPULT:
I must say they come up with some ingenious methods for climbing walls. 

I'VE GOTTA HAND IT TO YA: 
Little John comes over the top of the wall and hands Robin his sword. Robin has to go off camera to put it on his belt, because he needs help. This is why he switches to a sword with a shoulder scabbard in the second season.

WALLEYED:
What is Tuck's problem with going up the wall? I don't remember him having this problem in any other episode.

ENOUGH ROPE TO HANG YOURSELF WITH:
That rope isn't thick enough or strong enough to support any of them. And Tuck goes up the wall holding on with just two hands? He'd have fallen off, if the rope didn't break first.

ASK FOR DIRECTIONS:
Robin- "I think this way is better." 
Oh, really? It seems Robin has been to Francisco's before! Then again maybe not. When they confront the soldiers in the hallway, Marion suggests that Robin should have stopped for directions.

CLOSE QUARTERS: 
Robin and Marion could never have jumped over the soldiers heads. There's not enough headroom in that corridor.

FIGHTING CHANCE: 
The fight commences, LittleJohn and Roger fight the soldiers, and Tuck hangs back and makes sure that door stays closed.

DEW DROP INN:
Robin knocks out his opponent, then watches Marion take on two at once. He's actually waiting for Francisco to drop from the ceiling and give him his cue to turn around.

STEPPING OUT: 
Francisco knocks Robin to the ground and his 2 goons drag Marion across the room, nearly stepping on Robin's head in the process.
Francisco- "Who is this man I'm about to kill?" 
Robin- "I don't know who that guy is, but my name is Robin Hood." 
Classic lines, with classic delivery. Does anyone besides me have chills now?
SCARLET CLAW:

Francisco's "weapons" look like they're made of foamcore. Not much of a match for Robin's sword.

SPRING FEVER: 
WOOOOHOOOOO! Robin does a fabulous handspring. Such agility! Such panache!

HALL MONITOR:
Back in the corridor, Little John and Roger are still fighting, and Tuck is still trying to keep that damned door closed.

FISTS OF FURY:
Explain to me why the hand to hand combat scene sounds like a Kung Fu movie? It must be a requirement of any scene filmed anywhere for whatever purpose that requires the use of any martial art.

HEAD OVER HEELS: 
Another flip, this time over Francisco's back. These two must have had a lot of fun with this scene. Finally Matthew's double gets to beat up on him.

BLANKET POLICY: 
Okay, here's the ultimate reason for the presence of the gray blanket: It's so Tuck can wrap little Peggy up like a babushka when he finds her.

RED ALERT!!!!!!!: 
Wall walk!! He gets incredible height on this flip. I give him a 5.9. The only reason that I'm not giving him a 6.0 is because you can see it coming.

FINAL IMPACT: 
Okay, here comes the Chest Crusher-- a move that puts Robin in agony, makes him so weak he can't fight back, and leaves him crumpled on the floor like a wet rag. I'm not sure why I like this scene so much. It could be those wonderful expressions of pain that cover his handsome face.

DEARLY BELOVED: 
After Robin kills Francisco he staggers, still weak, and reaches for Marion. Marion clutches his arm with extreme concern on her face. 

WHAT DID YOU MEAN BY THAT?: 
Robin- "They're made for each other."
Marion- "Don't you wish it was that easy for everyone?" 
Robin looks suitably panicked, and Marion arches her eyebrow in his direction just to tease him further as he stares at her in utter bewilderment. Hee hee hee!

PARTING IS SUCH SWEET SORROW: 
Tuck says a heartfelt goodbye to Enid, while her oblivious husband watches on.

DEAR ROBIN,...: 
Marion- "Your advice? What about my advice?"
Robin- "You gave Roger advice?" 
Oh, come on! Not once in this episode did I see Marion and Roger speak to each other directly.

HUSH HUSH: 
Marion's last line is lost under the village noise and swelling closing music. Robin¹s last line was lost too, but they dubbed his over.



FINAL SCORE: 
I think we've seen some of the best fighting in this season in this episode. The teasing between Marion and Robin was also very good. Matthew's acting in this episode makes me wonder why no one ever offered him something more challenging. 


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