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.
Did You Know?
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 the then still in Force prohibition on members of 'the professions' directly advertising their services. See more
Melchett says "I don't care if he's been rogering the Duke of York with a prize-winning leek!" There was no Duke of York at this time - George V had been the previous Duke before he was made king in 1910, so the title merged with the crown. Prince Albert, later King George VI, did not become Duke of York until 1920. See more
My head... oh, my head... feels like the time I was initiated into the Silly Buggers Society at Cambridge. I misheard the rules and tried to push a whole aubergine up my earhole.