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“Sam Peckinpah’s ‘Salad Days’” opens on a group of well dressed, well-spoken, upper-class youngsters frolicking in an idyllic garden around an upright piano, responding enthusiastically to Michael Palin's suggestion of a game of tennis. Things go awry when Graham Chapman throws Palin a tennis ball to get the game started which hits him in the face, causing him to bleed profusely. He reflexively flings his racquet which gets embedded in the stomach of one of the young ladies, who faints tearing off Eric Idle's arm in the process. Idle staggers across to the piano and slams down the lid, severing both hands of the pianist (John Cleese). The piano then collapses in slow motion crushing a screaming woman to death. Graham Chapman, impaled by a piano keyboard, then slices off a woman's head when he turns around. At the end of the sketch surrounded by dying agonies Terry Jones and a few other unhurt members of the party remain unperturbed and jovially continue to enjoy their afternoon in the sun.
"Sam Peckinpah's 'Salad Days'" premiered 30 November 1972 in Series 3, Episode 7 of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’.
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Sam Peckinpah's "Salad Days" is a Monty Python's Flying Circus episode from season 3 (episode...