arrives outside some very grand gates in front of a large palace. She
rings the bell and shouts hello. A voice calls hello back, and Debbie
assumes that it is an echo. The echo turns out to be T-Shirt in the
bushes with her satchel. T-Shirt explains that he is not working for
T-Bag any more and takes off his T-Shirt and cap and throws them over
the palace walls. A guard then shouts out and comes out of the palace
grounds to complain about them discarding their clothing all over the
Emperor's estate. He then demands to know who rang the bell.
admits that she rang the bell and the guard (Eric) assumes that they
have come to enter a grand competition to make the gloomy old Emperor
laugh (he never ever laughs or smiles or anything). Eric explains that
the reward for making the Emperor laugh is anything that they want.
is a fanfare and the Emperor comes out gloomily. He sings a song:
in the doldrums. Woe is me!
in the dumps of melancholy.
altogether much too gloomy by half,
never get a joke and I never get a laugh.
I've an untickled rib, so I don't thank it.
a damp squib and a wet blanket!
untickled, untickled rib!
spoil the fun at the parties,
a shadow everywhere!
huntsmen and my chauffeurs
be driven to despair!
sigh and I moan and I groan.
sit all alone on my own.
singing this song with my face a mile long
this downbeat disheartening tone.
notices that the chain that the Emperor wears around his neck has all
the E's from the chest. She agrees to enter the competition if she can
have the chain. She asks T-Shirt to help her. Eric asks how she will
make him laugh, so she tells an elephant joke, but nobody laughs.
suggests making an elephant costume as a visual aid, and so T-Shirt
magics up all the requisite parts (a cardboard box and a length of hose
- What? No sticky backed plastic?). They then set to making the elephant.
the T-Room, T-Bag is shouting out to T-Shirt because she needs some
tea. He is not around, so she has to make it herself. T-Bag decides
to locate T-Shirt in the saucer, but her tea is so terrible, she can't
get a picture. She decides to go down and investigate for herself, but
her magic is fading and it takes a lot of effort to get there.
Emperor is on his throne wearing puppets on his feet and hands trying
to make himself laugh, but to no avail. He is growing impatient for
the competition to begin when T-Bag appears. The Emperor assumes that
she is the first contestant. T-Bag asks him where "that scrawny
little urchin" got to. The Emperor assumes that this is the first
line of a joke and so he say "I give in". T-Bag is a bit confused
by this, but she continues the interrogation. with each question, the
Emperor assumes it is the first line of a joke. He finally realises
that T-Bag is not a contestant. He asks her that if he sees Debbie to
tell her to hurry up. He explains that he has promised her his chain
if she can make him laugh. T-Bag sees the letters on his chain and then
decides to have a go at making him laugh after all.
comes marching in dressed up for her show, but T-Bag barges in and changes
into a jester's costume. She pulls out all the stops, making flowers
appear from her sleeves, wearing googly eyes, telling jokes, etc. The
Emperor sits, miserable as ever. T-Bag finally gives him a box, telling
him that it is sweets. The Emperor opens it and loads of fake snakes
fly out of it. The Emperor tells her that it is the last straw and tells
her to bog off.
then takes the floor and introduces their elephant (T-Shirt with a cardboard
box on his head and a grey dressing gown). Debbie goes into a string
of rubbish elephant jokes. T-Shirt then starts to do his stuff, but
T-Bag recognises him and has a row with him which the Emperor brings
to a halt. He orders them all out of the land of E.
removes her plumed hat and pleads with him to give them another chance.
As she is pleading, she inadvertently tickles the Emperors feet with
the plume on her hat. The Emperor begins to chuckle. Debbie then realises
why he is laughing and carries on. The Emperor gives her the chain through
his laughter. T-Bag starts cursing. Debbie tells the Emperor that she
must go, but he forbids her ever to leave because she is required to
tickle his feet.
rejoices at this because Debbie will never be able to open the chest.
She takes T-Shirt back to the T-Room to make more tea.
Debbie is tickling the Emperors feet, Eric takes over for a short while.
The Emperor then realises that Eric is much better at tickling his feet
than Debbie is and he lets Debbie go.
the T-Room, T-Bag is having 40 winks. T-Shirt sees that Debbie has been
released in the saucer and he takes the T-Plant and goes to the Land
of E to meet her. Debbie takes the T-Plant and smashes it up before
throwing it into the bushes. They decide to go back the way they came
to complete the legend as there are no more lands to explore.
then, they hear T-Bag Shout for T-Shirt angrily and the episode ends.