*On his way to give Morgana flowers Merlin spots Arthur and hides them behind his back* Arthur: Ah, Merlin. I need you to…What are you hiding behind your back? Merlin: Nothing. See? Arthur: What are you up to? Merlin: What, nothing, honestly. Arthur, I would never lie to you. I respect you far too much for that. You wanted me to do something. Arthur: My chainmail needs cleaning. Merlin: Oh, well…I’ll see to it right away.
Merlin: I was cleaning the stables. Arthur: That’s strange. Because a little bird told me you were somewhere else. Merlin: Mucking out the stables is strange and a talking bird isn’t? Arthur: Merlin, what’ve we said about you trying to be funny? Merlin: I shouldn’t.