Neither Lady Mountbank nor Reg the Miller were expecting the Spanish Inquisition. In fact, in the words of Cardinal Ximenez, " Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!" -- nor do they expect to be tortured with a dishwashing rack or the dreaded Comfy Chair. Meanwhile, Reg answers a door and welcomes in a joke salesman, only to suffer mightily for failing to provide a punch line. A huge tax is levied on "thingy," prompting Mr. Gumby to request more sketches on taxation. Twentieth Century Vole unveils its latest epic, "Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights." And a judge performs charades while sentencing a man to burn at the stake -- and he didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition, either. This landmark episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus featured Carol Cleveland and Marjorie Wilde in the supporting cast, and was first broadcast September 22, 1970.
by Hal Erickson synopsis