In the first series, the "It's" man has lengthy appearances where he appears from a dangerous situation such as wading out of the sea, falling from a cliff, being run down by a car, being handed a bomb, or emerging from a jungle. He also reappeared at the end of every show, returning to where he had come from while the ending credits rolled over. In the first episode, for example, he returned to the sea. Later, the credits rolled over black screen or on a scene somehow connected to the last sketch in the episode.
Later in the first series, his appearances became shorter and were often sped up. In the second series, he simply appeared for a few seconds after John Cleese's announcer says "And now for something completely different". He appeared on screen just long enough to say "It's" before being cut off by the opening credits.
In Episode 28, the "It's" man was given his own chat show featuring Ringo Starr and Lulu as his guests. This is also one of the few instances when he says any other words; after the opening theme music, he says "Hello, good evening...welcome." The show is however cut short immediately after he says "It's" and the theme music begins to play again over the credits. When Starr and Lulu get up angrily, Palin attempts to seat them. He tries to physically force Starr into a chair, almost tackling him. Palin gives up and the screen blacks out.
Other instances of polysyllabic utterances include a "Lemon Curry" cutaway in the third season and a vox pop in the second, where he made the following joke: "I would tax Raquel Welch... And I have a feeling she would tax me."