Army Protection Racket is a sketch that appears in "Full Frontal Nudity," the eighth episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

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In unoccupied Britain, 1970, Private Watkins (Eric Idle) enters the Colonel's (Graham Chapman) office to make a request to leave the army, as he has realised that it is dangerous. After a short discussion ending in a silly answer from the private, he is asked to sit. A sergeant (John Cleese) enters, announcing the arrival of civilians Dino (Terry Jones) and Luigi Vercotti (Michael Palin), mobsters who try to intimidate the Colonel to involve the army in a Mafia protection racket. The Colonel eventually deems the sketch to be silly and ends it, ordering the director to cut to a cartoon.

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