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Even though he hasn't got a penny, benevolent nobleman Sir Richard (Ian
Hunter) wagers with the Sheriff of Nottingham (Alan Wheatley) that the
archers of Sherwood Forest - namely Robin Hood (Richard Greene) - are
better than those of the Sheriff. And the Sheriff agrees to the wager, and
even promises the Sherwood Forest archers to leave the contest - to be
held in Sir Richard's castle - in peace. Of course, Robin, who has come
with Little John (Archie Duncan) and Friar Tuck (Alexander Gauge), wins
the contest with ease, but afterwards, the Sheriff is suddenly in the
greatest of hurry to get rid of the outlaws, so much in a
hurry that Robin smells a trap and forces two of the Sheriff's men to go
out in his and Little John's outfits ... and really, no sooner have they
passed the gate are they apprehended by the Sheriff's men. And the Sheriff
fails to notice the mistake until he is out of the castle as well, and Sir
Richard closes the gates behind him.
Now the Sheriff lays siege to Sir Richard's castle ... but for some
reason, Robin, Little John and the friar do not care in the least, instead
they have a week-long party and slowly eat up Sir Richard's provisions. So
Sir Richard remembers a secret passageway of old that has since caved in,
but all on his own, he digs the way free again.
When he presents his guests with his ingenious escape route though,
they are les than thrilled, instead promise to not desert him and stay
with him till the bitter end ... then they party on. So Sir Richard leaves
his castle himself and shows up at the Sheriff's side, telling him that
his guests have left hours ago. The Sheriff is so enraged that he
doesn't even doublecheck Sir Richard's claims but orders his men to leave
on the double.
Then Sir Richard lures Robin, Little John and the friar out of the
castle, and closes the gates behind them as well - since a man's home
is his castle.
Quite humourous episode actually that manages to make one even giggle.
And if you say that the humour is predominantly childish, you are probably
right, but thenm again, this series was predominantly made for children