Faced with the possibility of being ordered to advance, as well as starvation in the trenches, Captain Blackadder decides to kill two birds with one stone by eating a pigeon carrying his orders. Unfortunately, General Melchett has been using his own pet bird to deliver the message, and the loss of "Speckled Jim" sends him on a rampage, determined to punish those responsible. Written by
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The line concerning solicitor Bob Massingbird was a post-production overdub: the line-as-spoken in studio referred to "Bob Moxon Browne". There was a real QC Robert Moxon Browne and this could have been seen as the BBC promoting him, thereby flouting BBC guidelines. See more
The piece of paper that George reads the message from after removing it from the messenger pigeon is too small to have all the words that he reads out. See more
Pigeon, sir! There's a pigeon in our trench!
Ah, now this is it.
It's one of the king's carrier pigeons.
No it's not, sir, that pigeon couldn't carry the king.