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Introduced by the “Gumbys”, the sketch begins with John Cleese as an indiscreet chemist, calling out the ailment of each embarrassed member of his waiting room for them to come up and collect their prescription. The scene is abruptly cut short by a BBC public apology (voiceover by Eric Idle) for the poor quality of writing in the sketch. Michael Palin then appears as “BBC Man” to set out the words which are “not to be used again on this programme”. “B*m, B*tty, P*x, Kn*ckers, Kn*ckers, W** W** and Semprini” are subsequently banned from the rest of the programme. Cleese attempts to restart the sketch but is marched off by Police Constable Pan-Am (Graham Chapman) for using the word “Semprini”. Terry Jones as a “less naughty chemist” begins the sketch but it is brought to an abrupt end when the the customer (Eric Idle) is marched off by Police Constable Pan-Am. Finally, Palin as “a not at all naughty chemist” takes up the sketch and in an attempt to find the customer some aftershave a bizarre series of scenes ensue. The sketch features a number of Python characters, including the “Gumbys” and Cardinal Ximenez from “The Spanish Inquisition” sketch. The “Chemist Sketch” featuring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle with animation by Terry Gilliam premiered on 20 October 1970 in Series 2, Episode 4 of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”.
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