Blackadder Goes Forth: Season 1, Episode 5

General Hospital (26 Oct. 1989)

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The General asks Blackadder to find a spy in the hospital; one of the patients has a thick German accent and an interest in all things military.


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Angry that his plans always seem to fall into enemy hands, General Melchett asks Captain Blackadder to "winkle out" the spy he suspects is housed in the hospital. Blackadder immediately suspects the the patient with the thick German accent and a burning curiosity about troop movements, but decides to embark on an extremely thorough (and more importantly: long) investigation as a way of staying out of the trenches. Written by Murray Chapman

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General Melchett (Stephen Fry) tells Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) that "Oxford is a right dump". Like Melchett, Fry went to Cambridge University while Atkinson went to Oxford. See more »


When we are seeing Darling's PoV as he creeps up on Blackadder in the map room the shadow of the camera can be seen on the desk. See more »


Nurse Mary: When this war is over, do you think we might get to know each other a little better?
Captain Blackadder: Yes, why not? When this madness has finished, perhaps we could go cycling together. Take a trip down to the old Swan at Henley and go for a walk in the woods.
Nurse Mary: Yes. Or we could just do it right now on the desk.
Captain Blackadder: Yeah, OK.
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8 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is neither a great episode nor a bad one--just a decent episode from the somewhat disappointing fourth series. In this episode, George is injured and sent to the hospital. Soon after his arrival, word is that there is a German spy working in the place and Blackadder is chosen to take three weeks off from the war and investigate. Once again, the Captain is thrilled to be out of the action.

The first thing any viewer will notice is one of the patients who speaks with a very strong German accent and uses a lot of German words. Yet, no one there seems to have noticed. Blackadder orders Baldrick to watch this guy but almost all of Blackadder's attention is on a horny nurse (Miranda Richardson) and they spend almost all their time together having sex. In the end, Blackadder appears to be a hero and Darling a complete idiot....perhaps.

While this episode is entertaining, there are very few laughs. It's all very nice viewing but far from memorable of interesting. Worth seeing but that's about it.

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