A cryptic message is delivered to Robin Hood, telling him to head to the Tower of London and potentially mortal danger. The Queen has summoned Robin to step in front of a pending marriage between Prince John and the french princess Isabella. Prince John is seeking to secure even more power and with this marriage would remove King Arthur from the throne. As Robin interferes, it is quickly realized that Isabella is not helpful nor ignorant to the happenings of the court.
A power grab by marriage is par for course throughout history and this episode show the length Prince John would take to getting full control. His plans if panned out right would solidify his realm but he has not taken into account his choice in Isabella as his wife. This episode has the fantastic Donald Pleasance as Prince John and a rare visit to London for our protagonist.
Sir Richard of the Lea has lost a duel and is not indebted to Sir Blaise. The price from his defeat is 200 gold robles but he doesn’t even have 20. So a decision must be made, Lady Leonia believes its time to marry off her son Claude to Gladys to get the dowry that would be owed. Of course its a question of whether Gladys, the young lady of marrying age, and her father actually will want the marriage to happen. Sir Richard gets the outlaws to portray important knights to show young Claudes’ strength and importance even though he is naturally a bumbler. Time is running out as Sir Blaise has come to the castle to claim his prize but the Outlaws have a trick up their sleeve but not without a fight.
A whimsical episode of love, debt and sword fights.When Sir Richard becomes indebted he is forced to find a way to pay the debt back. Naturally by gaining a dowry from a rich merchant with a lovely young daughter. This tale comes out as a tale of a more independent and savy young lady who wishes to pick her husband and not be forced into a marriage with the “tough guy”. This episode is fun to watch as the bumbling Claude tries to hold up against Robin and the Outlaws and then the two real knights as he hold his own in his own way. Good story , good screenwriting.
Marian’s hand in marriage is in the sights of a rogue crusader, Sir Hubert De Vere. His intentions for fighting with the rich knights was to find one of their daughters whom he could marry. Robin knows this man has no true intentions with Marian and speaks with her about squashing his attempts which she doesn’t believe. A trick was proposed to prove to Marian that this man was after her money. Dressed as the maid, Marian sees that Sir Hubert De Vere was a dirty scoundrel and wishes for him to leave without her hand. This plan backfires and Sir Hubert De Vere still proceeds in his attempts at getting Maid Marian. How will she get out of this debacle.
Maid Marian is beautiful, single and free to marry many eligible knights. Her desirability brings all types for her hand in marriage. Of course, Robin Hood also would like to have her hand but cannot due to his “crimes”. The man who was given to her turns out to be just seeking her money and a flirt with the maids. This being a time in history where Marian would not have the choice, she has to find a way to scare him off. Robin has a plan but it involves brute force, a cliché of men fighting for their women, but it may be the only way.
A letter arrives for Robin Hood from a Friar Tuck. Robin is asked to travel and meet the Friar, which he is happy to do. When they meet, Robin begins to play around with the Friar to “test out his swordsmanship” which Robin completely underestimated. The Friar sent the letter to Sherwood Forest for Robins help in stopping a marriage between a young lady and Sir William of Malmesbury. The only alternative is to put the knight that the young lady has been betrothed to and the man that is in love with her in a battle of swords for her hand. The Friar and Robin must act to stop any harm being done to the lovebirds.
An introduction to Friar Tuck and the beginning of his tenure with the outlaws in Sherwood Forest. I believe the writers did a good job in connecting the association of Robin Hood and Friar Tuck all while adding a love story to boot. Alexander Gauge plays the stern portly Friar Tuck who still has a heart of gold. Alexander plays Friar Tuck so wonderfully that I imagine he is the stereotype for the character even today.