Season 4 Episode 2

Corporal Punishment

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Oct 05, 1989 on BBC
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Edmund is sentenced to death by firing squad for shooting and eating the General's favourite messenger pigeon.

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  • Makes a mockery of the United Kingdom judicial system

    Hilarious episode. I love the scene in the court room. Could Melchett be any funnier. 'Let's get this over and done with and get a spot of lunch'. Everything that could possibly go wrong for Blackadder does. George sees the court room as an adventure rather than as an attempt to save a friend 'Gosh this is fun, just like being in a real courtroom'.

    Darling is beaming with happiness at the thought of Blackadder being killed. 'Just doing my job Blackadder, obeying orders'.

    Baldrick is as idiotic as ever. He is a witness in the trial, he walks in and Blackadder tells him to deny everything, which unfortunately he does 'Are you private Baldrick' 'NO!' He yells.

    Blackadder is once again the funniest 'Why thankyou darling and i hope your mother dies in a freak yachting accident'. He's so unbelievably dry. Loved itmoreless
  • Completely brilliant

    This episode shows clearly what Blackadder is all about: the lovable and silly characters, witty dialogues, brilliant sarcasm, interesting plots, near-death/destruction experiences, allusions to many various things etc. If anyone should want to get acquainted with the show, this is the episode they should watch: it is really a fine example. Who could not laugh at Baldrick and George trying to remember the name in the telegram? Or the silly and absolutely hilarious court scene? Once again, the supporting cast was excellent. One could mention Stephen Frost, the captain of the firing squad, as well as all of the other members of the firing squad. With their black humour about death they contributed greatly to the episode's greatness. I recommend this episode to anyone, really. It is laugh-out-loud funny and a must-see.moreless
Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson

Captain Edmund Blackadder

Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson

Private S Baldrick

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry

General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett

Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie

Lieutenant the Honourable George Colthurst St. Barleigh

Tim McInnerny

Tim McInnerny

Captain Kevin Darling

Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy

Corporal Perkins

Guest Star

Stephen Frost

Stephen Frost

Corporal Jones

Guest Star

Lee Cornes

Lee Cornes

Private Fraser

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Blackadder says "Schnell! Schnell! Kartoffelkopf." to Captain Darling. This is German for "Quickly! Quickly! Potatohead."

    • Answer to the cooking accusation: Blackadder says that Baldrick is the worst cooker ever and then descibes his exemplary dish as tasting like 'dog turds' while Baldrick replies: 'That's because they are'. Perhaps it was not the lack of cooking talents that Baldrick suffered from but the lack of proper ingredients. Given the lovely, speckled pidgeon, he was able to make a tasty dish. Or maybe, after months of eating dog turds Edward would eat anything even remotely smelling of meat.

    • It is surprising that Private Baldrick cooked a pigeon to Blackadder's liking. As we found out in the previous show, Baldrick's culinary talents were nonexistent.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Baldrick enters the court room as a defence witness for Blackadder's trial)
      Blackadder: Deny everything, Baldrick.
      (Baldrick nods, and takes up his position for questioning)
      George: Are you Private Baldrick?
      Baldrick: No!
      George: Oh…um, but you are Captain Blackadder's batman?
      Baldrick: No!
      George: Come on, Baldrick, be a bit more helpful - it's me!
      Baldrick: No, it isn't!

    • Blackadder: Morning George, morning Baldrick. Still the striking resemblance to guppy fish at feeding time.

    • General Melchett: The case before us is that of the Crown versus Captain Edmund Blackadder, alias the Flanders Pigeon Murderer. Oh, and hand me the black cap, will you - I'll be needing that.

    • Blackadder: George, please. No one is more anxious to advance than I am, but until I get these communication problems sorted out, I'm afraid we're stuck.
      The phone rings again
      Blackadder: Captain Blackadder speaking. No, I'm afraid the line's very xxxxsahh.
      He makes a very strange, dysfunctional phone sound. Darling is on the other end of the line in Melchett's HQ.
      Darling: Hullo, hulo, Captain Blackadder? Hullo, hullo?
      Blackadder rustles a newspaper into the phone and bangs it against the receiver.
      Blackadder:Schnell! Schnell! Kartoffelkopf.
      Darling: I said there's a terrible line my end! You are to advance on the enemy at once!
      Now Blackadder starts blowing raspberries into the phone and then begins to sing.
      Blackadder: Pppppft ppppft pffffffft. A wandering minstrel I, a thing of... beeoooooolerum... gale force eight imminent.
      And he hangs up.
      George: Oh, so come on, sir, what's the message? Do tell. I'm on tenterhooks!
      Blackadder: As far as I can tell, the message was he's got a terrible lion up his end and so there's an advantage to an enema at once.
      George: Oh, damn.

    • George: I'm thick. I'm as thick as the big print version of the Complete Works of Charles Dickens.

    • Captain Darling: (Smirking) Just doing my job Blackadder, obeying orders, and of course having enormous fun into the bargain.
      Captain Blackadder: I wouldn't be too confident if I were you: any reasonably impartial judge is bound to let me off.
      Captain Darling: (Still smirking) Well, absolutely.
      Captain Blackadder: Who is the judge, by the way.
      General Melchett: (From outside the room) Baah!
      Captain Blackadder: I'm dead.

    • Captain Darling: You're in for it now Blackadder! (to General Melchett), quite frankly sir I've suspected this for some time: quite clearly Captain Blackadder has been disobeying orders with a breathtaking impertinence.
      General Melchett: (Furiously) I don't care if he's been rogering the duke of York with a prize winning leek! HE SHOT MY PIGEON!

    • General Melchett: Before we sentence the deceased, I mean defendant, I think we had better hear from the prosecution.

    • Baldrick: (hung-over; to George) Permission to die, sir?

    • George: I'm a complete duffer at this sort of thing. In the School Debating Society I was voted Boy Least Likely to Complete A Coherent... erm...

    • Blackadder: {to George and Baldrick} Now, I'm not a religious man, as you know, but henceforth I shall nightly pray to the God that killed Cain and squashed Samson that He comes out of retirement and gets back into practice on the pair of you.
      (phone rings; Blackadder answers it)
      Blackadder: Captain Blackadder. Ah, Captain Darling. Well, you know, some of us just have friends in high places, I suppose. Yes, I can hear you perfectly. You want what? You want two volunteers for a mission into No Man's Land, Code name: Operation Certain Death. Yes, yes I think I have just the fellows.
      (Blackadder hangs up; addresses George and Baldrick)
      Blackadder: God is very quick these days.

    • BLACKADDER (describing his lawyer): A man was found next to a murdured body, he had the knife in his hand, thirteen witnesses that seen him stab the victim, when the police arrived he said, "I'm glad I killed the bastard." Mattingburg not only got him off, but he got him knighted in the New Year's Honors list, and the relatives of the victim had to pay to have the blood washed out of his jacket.

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