After years of futile trench warfare, General Melchett gives the order for the "big push": a suicidal charge across the battlefield towards hundreds of German machine guns. Desperate to avoid participating, Captain Blackadder hatches a plan to convince his superiors that he has gone insane and therefore cannot go into combat. Written by
Did You Know?
The title is based on the popular First World War song "Good-bye-ee!", written and composed by R.P. Weston
and Bert Lee
. The duo got the idea for the song while watching a group of factory girls calling out goodbyes to soldiers going to London Victorian station, and to war. The girls were using the word in an exaggerated way, which had been popularized as a catchphrase by the comedian of the time Harry Tate. See more
When Darling gives his "bugger" line toward the end, he's still wearing an overcoat. After a two-second cut to Blackadder's response, we see Darling again, now without the overcoat. See more
[Blackadder and Darling meeting in the trenches shortly before going over the top
How are you feeling, Darling?
Ahm... not all that good, Blackadder. Rather hoped I'd get through the whole show. Go back to work at Pratt and Sons, keep wicket for the Croydon Gentlemen, marry Doris... Made a note in my diary on the way here. Simply says: "Bugger."
This episode has no closing credits, save for the title "Blackadder" (not "Blackadder Goes Forth" and the copyright date, over a field of poppies. See more