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
Blackadder mentions he will "nightly pray to the God that killed Cain and squashed Samson..." He is only half right. In the Bible it is said that Samson prayed to God to give him enough strength the pull down the temple in which he was being mocked, and Samson pulled down the temple on his abusers and himself. But God did NOT kill Cain. He branded him with a mark (hence we have the saying The Mark Of Cain) and cast him out to live as a wild beast as punishment for killing his brother Abel. 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.