Blackadder pretends that he's insane to avoid certain death carrying out the General's order for the "big push".

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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 Murray Chapman

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There are no credits. It is left ambiguous as to whether the protagonists survive, although the part of the script describing how the characters rush over the edge of the trench also states that "They will not get far." See more »

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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 »

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Captain Blackadder: This is a crisis. A large crisis. In fact, if you got a moment, it's a twelve-storey crisis with a magnificent entrance hall, carpeting throughout, 24-hour portage, and an enormous sign on the roof, saying 'This Is a Large Crisis'. A large crisis requires a large plan. Get me two pencils and a pair of underpants.
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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 »

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Wow...what a huge downer.
8 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Apparently the Brits adored this final episode and the way it ended. As for me, it left me totally depressed and completely unsatisfied. And, by the incredibly high score for this particular episode, I assume I am in the distinct minority.

This episode is about the troops going 'over the top'--i.e., to make an insane dash across no-man's land only to die pointlessly in a hail of bullets, bombs, mines and shrapnel. My question is this...how is this a subject for a comedy?! There is an attempt at comedy when Blackadder decides to pretend he's crazy in order to avoid an almost certain death. But, the plan is a failure and Blackadder is screwed.

Along the way there are jokes about Baldrick's coffee which consists of mud, phlegm and dandruff. This sort of joke, in my opinion, is getting a bit old to say the least. In fact, this is THE problem for this final episode...there simply isn't much of anything funny throughout the show aside from Baldrick's insanely pathetic poetry. It all ends with some maudlin talk about how the war sucks...and then they all go off to meet their deaths. Wow...what fun...as well as the reason season 4 is my least favorite of the Blackadder saga.


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