In this episode, Reg Pither's bicycle trip through the countryside is fraught with peril. He ends up in a hospital, convinced that he's really pop star Clodagh Rogers. Resuming his journey in the company of Mr. Gulliver, Pither embarks upon a search for Lenin and Trotsky, culminating in a visit to the USSR 42nd International Clambake. Only a "scene missing" card saves our heroes from the wrath of that internationally popular ventriloquist Marshal Bulganin. One of the few episodes of Monty Python's Flying Circus with an actual storyline -- not to mention a genuine beginning, middle, and end -- "The Cycling Tour" was written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones, and features Carol Cleveland. The episode was first broadcast December 7, 1972.
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