There is an uproar in Upper Minton after Count Olivier demanded a new tax to be levied. The villagers are certain that this new tax will rob them of their food supply for the rest of the year so they beseech Robin Hood for help.
The threat of starvation has taken many people to extreme lengths. When Count Olivier hands down another tax, the villagers see pending famine across their lands and begin to sure up their own food supply. Robin Hood comes in to help and has the chance to save the villagers by feeding the Count Olivier his just desserts.
After a horrible accident, Tom is seriously injured with the unlikelihood of surviving. Sir Charles Bixby, the lord of the lands, is more focused on the property tax (death tax) that would be gained if Tom died rather than the recovery of one of his villagers. Friar Tuck must do something to stop this horrible tax that can wreak havoc on a suffering family but Sir Bixby has help. Where will Friar Tuck find his help?
The death tax has appeared multiple times in this series and all too often used by the lords or the wealthy to hurt the local villagers. This time Friar Tuck is ready and armed to bring justice back to the right cause. After the conniving efforts by Sir Bixby and his Bailiff, they soon butt heads with the villagers and a pesky friar.
The tax collector enacts his power across the land and has enemies both near and far. When the tax collector who is also the sheriff’s brother is found dead, a pig thief is believed to be the murder. The villagers hail the hero who killed the most hated tax collector and help his get ahold of Robin Hood and the Outlaws. Soon enough the so called hero makes himself unwelcome within the camp all while the Sheriff seeks revenge for the life of his brother.
Not every hero deserves a heros welcome. Although the tax collector presumably received the fate he deserved doesnt mean that this was an act of heroism. This episode shows us how important the truth could be and to not take advantage of those that wish to help.
Sir William de Courcier is angered by the Sheriff taxes but has a plan to make his peasants on his land to pay them. When Robin interferes with this plan Sir William feels the wrath of the Sheriff. The villagers were forced to pay the taxes and they were able to but only by the work of a magic man. Sir William finds out that the villagers had their buttons on their clothes changed into silver by this magic man and he seeks to do the same. The Miser’s greed gets the best of him while he tries to use his buttons for silver and fails.
I must say that I’m biased about this episode, but for good reason. As a child, this episode was the first Adventures of Robin Hood show I had ever watched. This episode was so intriguing to me especially the performance of Laurence Naismith as the Miser. This show is identifiable by its acting and interesting storyline. The miser learns his lesson that greed will not save him from the Sheriff and that is a good lesson to learn no matter what era you live in.
Taxes are getting harder to nab from the villagers. One villager, Will Stukely, can not pay so he is arrested and sentenced to be hanged. Disguised as a Butcher, Robin Hood comes into the village to help Will escape but he will have to get into the castle first. Robin’s plan is to manipulate the Sheriff into letting the villager go free by tricking the sheriff into Sherwood Forest and then holding him for ransom.
The taxes are too damn high so of course many cannot pay it. This story of the poor villager would normally end in his death and historically speaking would have most likely but the plan Robin concocts will make sure he is let go with the highest form of ransom, the Sheriff himself. This episode shows the compassion Robin has for the villagers and also the clever ways he can have his way with the castle and guards. An easy episode with a good scene when Robin is selling his stolen slices of meat to the lady villagers.