The balloon crashes and the airmen end up back at the cafe,disguised by moose heads. General Von Klinkerhoffen assumes control of the whole area, thereby making many enemies. The Resistance hate him for obvious reasons but Von Strohm,Geering and Flick also feel undermined by his presence. Therefore,at a party he is organizing to mark the Kaiser's birthday,plans are made to kill him,involving poison - in the pill by the till in the jug with the drug - and dynamite hidden in a birthday cake - the candle with the handle in the gateau from the chateau. The poison actually turns out to be aspirin and the candle seems likely to explode and kill everybody so Rene tips a bucket of sand over it,explaining to Von Klinkerhoffen that it was done as a respectful gesture to mark the Kaiser's birthday.
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Did You Know?
Because this installment was originally broadcast as a Christmas special and has a longer running time than usual, it was often skipped for broadcast in other countries. Jumping right from the end of series 2 into series 3, audiences were left to wonder how the British airmen got back into the Café after leaving in a hot air balloon at the end of series 2. See more
There were no official boat races during the war. At the time this episode is set (Mid-late 1941), there had only been one unofficial wartime boat race, held at Henley on Thames on 2 March 1940, and won by Cambridge by 5 lengths. As this was at least three months before British forces were forced to withdraw from France by the German invasion, the airmen should have known this. See more
[Herr Flick has received the antidote to the poison from the dart intended to kill General von Klinkerhoffen
Gen. Von Klinkerhoffen
[Indicating Herr Flick
What is the matter with that man?
Private Helga Geerhart
He had the fish!
References The Court Jester
If You Could Care
Written by E. Ray Goetz
, Arthur Wimperis
and Herman Darewski
Performed by Carmen Silvera See more