Pike and Warren already seem convinced of Gadge's guilt, but Clarke remains sceptical. Elizabeth's case is brought to trial the following morning, with the assistance of the cobbler Richard Two-Shoes Kaye.
Elizabeth's daughter Sarah Matthews and son-in-law Thomas Nutter Howick testify that they have witnessed Elizabeth sucking from the teat of a furry creature, and speaking to a mouse believed to be a demon. Elizabeth claims that Sarah and Thomas have falsely accused her, and want to be rid of her to make room in their house.
George Waterhouse Cooper testifies against Elizabeth, and the accused is questioned. When others in the courtroom begin laughing at her responses, Warren declares that the next person to laugh will be executed as a witch. After an argument breaks out, the witch-finders and Pike decide that the rest of the trial should be conducted in private.
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Elizabeth is pricked with a needle to test her for the devil's mark. A remorseful Sarah tries to profess her mother's innocence, but Warren does not believe her. Elizabeth says that she has been prostituting herself to Two-Shoes, who wears a fur coat; Two-Shoes denies this, and the trial is adjourned. Throughout proceedings, Warren is accusatory while Clarke is more cautious; Pike, meanwhile, is fascinated both by the lewd acts in which Elizabeth has supposedly engaged and by the witch-finders' torturous implements. Clarke privately tells Warren that he thinks Elizabeth is innocent and that he is not sure that the pair are doing God's work.
Warren threatens that Clarke himself will be tried and convicted if he objects further. The trial resumes—Elizabeth having been tortured overnight—and Elizabeth's mouse, Snowflake, is released, so that it might lead them to the witch. Warren has sprinkled crumbs in front of Elizabeth. When Snowflake approaches Elizabeth, Pike declares her a witch, and sentences her to be burned.
Thomas and Sarah later say goodbye to a hooded and bound Elizabeth, who awaits execution.
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Clarke dismisses them. He removes the hood from the figure to reveal that he has bound Warren in Elizabeth's place; Clarke believes Warren has been tainted with evil, and that the latter is no longer doing God's work. Clarke puts back the hood, and Pike enters, happy that the trial has seen a revival of trade and visitors to the village. Warren is taken away to be burnt. Clarke releases the real Elizabeth, but she reveals that she truly is a witch; she breaks Clarke's neck, killing him. There are sounds of excitement from outside as flames light Elizabeth's face. She tells Snowflake that she will go to her master, then transforms into a raven and leaves.
Though one critic said that the episode was "the first straight-up comedic episode of the second series",  another said that the episode's humour was balanced with tragedy and poignancy, arguing that the whole episode has an element of horror. This was especially true given that the story reflects actual happenings; the depiction of torture was described as "genuinely upsetting". Given that Gadge is revealed to actually be a witch, Howick asked Shearsmith whether the former's character, Thomas, truly had witnessed Gadge engaging in some kind of supernatural activity.
Shearsmith suggested that Thomas was motivated by greed.
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Critics generally responded warmly to the episode, but some felt it compared poorly to others in the series. He awarded "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge" three out of five stars, saying that "despite a starry cast and a delightful twist and counter-twist, [the episode] was nothing like as effective" as " La Couchette " and " The 12 Days of Christine ", the previous two episodes of the series. The episode, he claimed, was indicative of a "mid-series lull". He, too, said the episode felt like "a mid-series misstep".
Pemberton felt it was going to be difficult to follow "The 12 Days of Christine", but Shearsmith was of the view that the episodes should not be in competition with each other. The episode's humour was praised by the majority of commentators. Julia Raeside, writing for The Guardian , said the writers "managed to pull together a loving tribute to [their] cult horror source material with an all-out gag rate that most sitcoms would fail to keep up with", claiming that "they get the look and tone just right and then inject it with the kind of comedy that is perfectly tailored to puncture the fictional world without deflating it".
Overall, though finding it "occasionally funny", Hawksley thought the episode "fell some way short of what we have come to expect from Pemberton and Shearsmith". Television critics praised the writing and acting of "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge". Though Owen felt that the ending "held little surprise",  Paddy Shennan, of the Liverpool Echo , said he "loved the fact that, for the third week running, [he] couldn't work out the twist".
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