- “Let's have a medieval tournament, just like the knights in the days yore!”
- ―Phineas Flynn
"A Hard Day’s Knight" is an episode of Phineas and Ferb.
The Flynn-Fletchers are in England visiting Lawrence’s parents, Reginald and Winifred. During their trip, Phineas and Ferb decide to hold a medieval tournament after hearing their grandfather’s story about the Black Knight of Worcestershire. Candace also participates in the festivities only to impress Charles. Agent P infiltrates EvilCon to see what Dr. Doofenshmirtz is up to.
The Flynn-Fletcher family has arrived in England, and drive up to the Fletcher cottage for their yearly visitation to Lawrence’s parents. On the way, they pass by a few landmarks of England. Phineas says that either he has grown a lot, or England has gotten smaller. Right next door to the Fletcher cottage, there is a large castle structure belonging to the neighbors. But Grandpa Reg notes, “It used to belong to the Black Knight.” The boys inquire and hear about the famous Black Knight of Worcestershire, who went to chase a dragon with disastrous results, and is said to still be in search of the dragon until this day. Phineas is instantly inspired. He and Ferb decide to host a medieval-style tournament, complete with jousting, armor, catapults and suckling pigs.
Having been left with her British grandparents, Candace is thoroughly bored. Until she notices Charles, the handsome, Jeremy-esque son of the rich family next door. Charles decides to participate in the joust, and so Candace, who is still too taken by Charles, agrees to take part too. She allows herself to be locked in a tower as a damsel in distress, waiting to be rescued by Charles. She tries to talk to Charles from the top of the tower, but realizes that he can’t hear her. While trying to leave the tower, Candace breaks off the door handle. She screams for help, but everybody thinks she is rehearsing for the tournament. She breaks down the door using a spear attached to the Black Knight armor, but ends up in the Black Knight armor after falling down a flight of stairs.
Meanwhile, the O.W.C.A. has kidnapped Dr. Lloyd Wexler, an evil scientist, so that Perry could dress as the scientist, infiltrate EvilCon and find out what Doofenshmirtz is up to. While there, Doofenshmirtz sees Perry in disguise, but thinks he is Dr. Wexler and leads him around the convention. While putting on armor for the joust, Charles remarks that Phineas and Ferb can fit into one armor, and so Ferb takes the bottom half of armor while Phineas takes the top half. Charles walks away to get his own armor.Candace, trapped in the Black Knight armor, cannot speak and has trouble moving. She stumbles to Phineas and Ferb just as Charles leaves, and Phineas and Ferb believe she is Charles and proceed to joust against her. Having no control, Candace is flung from the horse straight into the tower window, and then falls down the staircase, only to wind up on the horse again. After this is repeated a second time, the horse rides off through the town. Charles shows up, and Phineas wonders who they just jousted. Grandpa Fletcher says that could have been the ghost of the black knight. Candace, out of control, gets splashed by gravy through an overturned tanker, and then gets chased by a pack of stray dogs, who were really following the smell of the gravy.
Doofenshmirtz insists that “Dr. Wexler” reads from his book, but since Perry can't talk, he hesitates. After a moment, Perry decides to pretend to read while playing the book-on-tape. The tape gets stuck, though, and Doof gets suspicious. Perry removes his disguise, and the two rush into giant robots nearby. Originally, Perry took the giant dragon robot while Doofenshmirtz was in the giant Queen Elizabeth I robot. Doofenshmirtz asks for a switch, but regrets when Perry easily manages a several smashes on the dragon robot. As they crash Evil-Con Doofenshmirtz tries to burn the Queen Elizabeth robot, but only manages to burn himself, commenting “That was a stupid design.”
Phineas and Ferb try to joust against Charles, but accidentally put the armor on sideways. The three of them crash seconds after the joust begins and Grandpa Fletcher declares it a draw. Candace starts to ride back towards the fest. In the air, after being hit by multiple arms from the Queen Elizabeth robot, Dr. Doofenshmirtz starts randomly hitting buttons, defeats and ejects himself, while the robot crashes in the jousting lane. The robot explodes due to Doofenshmirtz accidentally hitting the self-destruct button before he ejected himself, knocking Candace free of her armor and landing in Charles’ arms. Linda and Lawrence return home with an antique barometer and ask what they missed. Ferb replies, saying he heard there’s a new version of “Jane Eyre” in the offing. Perry returns, leaving the Queen Elizabeth robot flying in the background.
- Phineas and Ferb: The Daze of Summer
- This is one of few episodes which don't feature any of Phineas and Ferb's friends (Isabella, Baljeet and Buford).
- Perry's fake ID of Dr Wexler says "Note: NOT A PLATYPUS".
- This is the only time Candace is shown having romantic interest in a boy that isn't Jeremy, though Charles is very similar to Jeremy.
- Although Linda does appear in this episode, she does not speak.
- The taxi Linda and Lawrence take is a LTI TX1.
- First episode that doesn't take place in Danville.
- This is the first episode we meet the elder Fletchers, Lawrence's parents.
- When Phineas and Ferb go to joust with Charles, they are in their suit of armor incorrectly, but when they crash, they are back into their normal positions.
- When the Evil Con booth man gives Perry, as Dr. Lloyd Wexler, his Evil Button, the button he hands Perry is off of his own shirt which reappears when he hands it to Perry.
- The control booth of the dragon robot is positioned in the mouth making the fire hit Dr. Doofenshmirtz, but the control booth of the Queen Elizabeth I robot is positioned behind the eyes, where lasers are shot.
- In this episode, the London Eye and The Big Ben are among with the Buckingham Palace and the White Cliffs of Dover, but in "Elementary My Dear Stacy" the London Eye and the Big Ben are in their original places.
- When Doofenshmirtz and Perry are walking in the Evil-Con before Perry read the autobiography, there are people and stands in the scene, but when the Giant Robots' room is zoomed out, the people and stands are gone.
- Some fire from the Dragon-bot reaches to the Queen Elizabeth-bot, but it appears without burns, also, the Queen Elizabeth-bot launched a laser to the Dragon-bot. but in the next scene the burn is gone.
- When the Dragon-bot launches fire, in the close-ups of its mouth, his body is black, but in the zoom-out scenes, his body is purple.
- A Hard Day's Night - The title comes from this song by the Beatles, which served as the theme song of their 1964 feature film of the same name.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus - Deadpan television announcer.
- Sherlock Holmes ("The Hound of the Baskervilles") - The moment when the Knight is followed by the hounds is similar to the moment when Sir Hugo Baskerville is followed by the enormous dog.
- Evil-Con is a parody of Comic-Con.
- BBC - The VBBC channel name is a parody of the BBC, a British television network.
- Sleeping Beauty - The dragon the knight fights look similar to Maleficent's dragon form.
- Vincent Martella as Phineas
- Ashley Tisdale as Candace
- Thomas Sangster as Ferb
- Caroline Rhea as Mom
- Richard O'Brien as Dad
- Dan Povenmire as Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Additional Voices
- Jeff "Swampy" Marsh as Major Monogram, Additional Voices
- Dee Bradley Baker as Perry, Additional Voices
- Malcolm McDowell as Grandpa Fletcher
- Jane Carr as Grandma Fletcher
- Dominic Wood as Charles
- Tim Curry as Stubbings, Dr. Lloyd Wexler, Additional Voices
- ♦ designates a character that did not appear in this episode
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