- The Bishop (Monty Python)
The Bishop is a famous
Monty Pythonsketch from season 2, episode 17 of Monty Python's Flying Circus(titled "The Buzz Aldrin Show"). It stars Terry Jonesas a Secret Agent-like bishop attempting to stop several comical murders of various members of the Anglican clergy (played by John Cleese, Michael Palinand Eric Idle), usually arriving a moment too late. Palin also appears as a character called "Devious", whom The Bishop directs 'don't move!' at the very beginning and ends of the sketch.
The Bishop drives a black car up to a church, followed by his four priest backup agents, during a Sunday sermon. The Bishop storms into the church saying "The text Vic! Don't say the text!" But the priest has already said the text, and his pulpit explodes.
Next, the Bishop almost makes it in time to stop a time bomb disguised as a baby from exploding. However, despite yelling "Don't say the kid's name Vic!" he is too late, and the clergyman explodes again.
Then there is a couple who is about to get married. The Bishop arrives and says, "The ring Vic! Don't touch the ring!" but a 16-ton weight drops on the Priest.
Then, two bellringers are seen, one enthusiastically ringing, the other standing still, at least until he yanks the rope, stringing up the other bellringer. The Bishop arrives, again, too late, and leaves dismayed.
Then, at a burial, a cannon aimed at the priest pops out of the grave. This time, the The Bishop and his men don't even bother leaving the car.
Then, after hearing a cry of help from someone, The Bishop and his men run through the streets and break into a building, using one of his men as a battering ram. The Bishop catches 'Devious' and tells him not to move, slamming his crook on the desk.
Ways Clergymen Are Killed
Several Clergymen are humorously killed during the skit, as follows (in order):
* The pulpit exploding after saying the daily text.
* A bomb disguised as a baby exploding after it's Christian name is said.
* A 16-ton weight is dropped after a wedding ring is touched.
* A bellringer being hung by a second bellringer.
* A cannon rising out of a grave during a burial.
Another famous part of the sketch are the opening/closing credits, which read as follows, accompanied by
Terry Gilliam's animation:
C. of E. Films
In Association with the Sunday Schools Board Present...
Starring: The Reverend E.P. Nesbitt
Introducing: F.B. Gromsby-Urquhart-Wright as the Voice of God
Special Effects By: The Moderator of the Church of Scotland
Directed by: Prebendary "Chopper" Harris
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