Season 4 Episode 6


Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Nov 02, 1989 on BBC
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Blackadder tries everything he can think of to get sent back to England when orders come in to go over the top in the first charge against the Germans since 1914.

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  • Field of Flowers

    This is one of my favorate finales for TV in general as well as one of the saddest I've ever seen.

    At first there is lots of humor two of the highlights for me were no doubt Baldrick singing the Boom Boom Boom song, which just cracks me up. And of course what Baldrick says about how he made coffee and the payoff when Blackadder gives Darling some which was disgusting but hilarious at the same time.

    But then of course the tone gets darker and things get slightly more serious as I really felt a genuine sense of pathos for each of the characters. Blackadder thoughout the season has been trying to get out of the war and we see him make some last ditch efforts which of course end in failure and the leaders he was trying to perswade were complete idiots, which is sadly the truth about most military leaders in higher up positions. It's kinda like what my dad once said about how in war, people make more bad decisions than good, where a command would be given to go one way, even though logically you should go another. And sadly that's part of why these characters are going to be part of the Big Push, in fact that part of the reason why this war happened in the first place, because of one bad choice.

    Each of the characters have a soulful moment, from hearing Blackadder's reasons for joining the military mistakenly thinking he was going to be on easy street that it was his ticket to bigger and better things, which is true about the reason for most soilders joining. But I also like the fact that he's never liked the war and that he's never felt it should of happened at all, which at times is how I feel about some wars.

    Darling and the General having a final talk together and you just see the amount of fear in being given the order to join the front line and we see him begging the general to not have him go, but it is futile as the General being the blistering childish moron he is pushes for him to go. And then you see that camera shot of the outside door opening and the light and the shadow of the driver both overlapping Darling, it was ominus because you knew Darling was doomed. He even then expresses to the others what he planed on doing after the war which really tugged at my heart string a little because that's the kind of thing that most soilders always think about.

    We see George whom was always in high spirits and overly eager to fight, is now having second thoughts and he says something that tugged at another heart string, I'm scared. Yeah, that's what every person thinks of when they go into battle; don't mean crap whether your tough enough or not in every battle it makes little to no difference.

    But I really like the once scene with Baldrick as he then gives a soulful monologue which to me is the smartest thing he's ever said. Parts of it were, Why can't we just pack it in, just say stop the killing and just go home, why can't anyone say it? The answer Baldrick is because some people are just too stupid not to say it.

    It then comes down the final minutes which where haunting and made me cry as we saw each of the characters engage in the charge of The Big Push, you then see the image turn to black and white, hear a sad version of the theme, and hear and see the explosions and gun shots from that you know death is certain. It then cuts to the battle field in the present where we see it now as a field of flowers, a flower for each of the soilders that have fought and died in that Great War to make peace and freedom possible.

    I'll never forget them just as I'll never forget Blackadder.moreless
  • One of the greatest episodes ever!

    "Plan F: Goodbyeee"

    Grade: A*

    One of the darkest, best written, and funniest episodes of any show ever. Goodbyee was a perfect example of a British Comedy tackling both humour and very serious moments at the same time. As we see Blackadder and the rest of the squad head up for "the big push", we realise that this is more than a Comedy show, it's reality of what happened back in the First World War. As our heroes go over the top, firing happens and certain death is for sure, but just as it ends we see a field of poppies, realising what the soldiers did for us and our freedom.

    Goodbyeee not only relies on a powerful ending, but the episode is quite possibly the funniest of all the Blackadders. Blackadder pretending to be mad was awesome, and Baldrick singing the "Boom! Boom! Boom" song was fantastic, as well as the Hot Mud drink being milked by Spit. As the episode goes on though, the tone gets darker and less funny as expected, due to us viewers knowing how it's all going to end, but it's done so brilliantly. By far the best episode of this series!moreless
  • Better than any textbook

    The final episode of this show pays homage to the sacrifices made by the soldiers during the bloodbath that was World War I.

    Tony Robinson turns Baldrick into a memorable character with a stunnig performance in this episode

    Baldrick: (about the war) I heard it started when some guy called Archey duke shot an ostrich cause he was hungry.

    And his war poem

    'Boom boom boom boom, boom boom boom boom, boom'

    Famous stuff

    Blackadder fears death more than anything and does everything to get our the war, however all his efforts fail. 'Who would notice another mad man around here' Powerful line. Jutxtaposed by Melchett's line about Blackadder

    'Why he's as sane as I am,, bahhh!!' I love Melchett

    The final minute is one of the most poignant moments from one of the most silly and emotionally void shows off all time. I couldn't believe the way it ended, it was heartfelt but painful.

    A better representation of the war than any text book or documentary could ever createmoreless
  • Heart-breaking

    This is the end of it all. The big push has finally come and the battle is to be held at dawn. The characters recall the beginning of the war, how they joined the army and how all their friends have died.

    What I love about this episode is that it handles the subject delicately. The beginning contains funny one-liners and silly acts, but as we approach towards the end, the laughter fizzles out and the ending is superb and spot-on. One has to mention the character development, especially in the case of Darling: I believe everyone was moved by his actions and words. Blackadder has always been against the war, but Baldrick and George also change their attitudes: they start out as eager soldiers but as the time comes, they are afraid of death.

    This episode is a remarkable moment in TV history: it shows us the pointlessness of the war more clearly than any history teacher or any book could.moreless
  • A memorial to those lost

    To see a programme which takes a subject,which should be handeled with lots of caution, make such an episode including comical jokes, is just amazing.

    As an avid Blackadder fan since childhood, this by far is the best.

    The ending was so emotional, a real tear jearker, a episode which minutes before the end you gain a lump in your throat because you know what is going to happen.

    However, hardly anybody expected the ground which all the characters dead bodies were, to suddenly turn into a field full of red poppies spread across into the distance.

    Overall - This is a fantastic episode, it would be very difficult to compete for such a honorable episode.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Blackadder can't die without an heir, else how would one manage to go on an adventure through time in "Back & Forth".

      The show never explicitly shows an heir, but it is always plausible. In this series he has sex with the nurse in the hospital, who is later shot due to her being a German spy. Even if George was a leak, she failed the subtle traps Blackadder left for her, and would still be tried and executed.

    • There is another interesting timeline error in this episode featuring Captain Blackadder's military career. As pointed out below, he mentions Umboto Gorge (1892) and knowing having met Field Marshal Haig twenty years ago (which would be 1897). When talking about his career to George he says that had "fifteen years military service" before the horror of World War I. Assuming he meant the start of the war in 1914, that would mean his career started in 1899.

    • Captain Blackadder says he only met Field Marshall Haig once. "It was twenty years ago." When he calls Haig, he talks about the Battle of Umboto Gorge in 1892. That would make it Blackadder and Haig's first conversation in 25 years, since all episodes of Blackadder Goes Forth were set in 1917.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Baldrick: Shall I do my war poem, sir?
      Blackadder: How hurt will you be if I give the honest answer, which is, "No - I'd rather French-kiss a skunk?"

    • Blackadder: We've been sitting here since Christmas 1914, during which time millions of men have died, and we've moved no further than an asthmatic ant with heavy shopping.

    • Baldrick: I heard that [the war] started when a bloke called Archie Duke shot an ostrich because he was hungry.
      Edmund: I think you mean it started when the Archduke of Austro-Hungary got shot.
      Baldrick: No, there was definitely an ostrich involved, sir.

    • George: The war started because of the vile Hun and his villainous empire-building.
      Edmund: George, the British Empire at present covers a quarter of the globe, while the German empire consists of a small sausage factory in Tanganyika. I hardly think that we can be entirely absolved from blame on the imperialistic front..
      George: Oh, oh no, sir, absolutely not. (to Baldrick) Mad as a bicycle.

    • Baldrick: Well, the thing is, the way I see it, these days there's a war on, right? And ages ago there wasn't a war on, right? So there must have been a moment when there not being a war on went away, right? And there being a war on came along. So, what I want to know is, how did we get from the one case of affairs to the other case of affairs.
      Edmund: Do you mean, how did the war start?
      Baldrick: {thinks hard} Yeah.

    • Baldrick: Permission to ask a question, Sir.
      Edmund: Granted, as long as it's not the one about where babies come from.

    • Baldrick: Shall I do another [poem], sir?
      Blackadder: No, we wouldn't want to exhaust you.
      Baldrick: No, don't worry. I could go on all night.
      Blackadder: Not with a bayonet through your neck you couldn't!!

    • Captain Darling meets Blackadder in the trenches shortly before 'going over the top'.
      Captain Darling: I made a short note in my diary on the way over here. Simply says… 'Bugger.'

    • Blackadder: (upon realizing there is no way he can avoid going over the top) I think the phrase rhymes with "clucking bell".

    • Blackadder: (final words before going over the top) Good luck, everyone.

    • George: You know, I won't half miss you chaps after the war.
      Baldrick: Don't worry, Lieutenant; I'll come visit you.
      George: Will you really? Oh bravo! Yes, jump into the old jalopy and come down and stay in the country, and we can relive the old times.
      Blackadder: What, dig a hole in the garden, fill it with water, and get your gamekeeper to shoot at us all day?

    • Blackadder: Well, I'm afraid it'll have to wait. Whatever it was, I'm sure it was better than my plan to get out of this by pretending to be mad. I mean, who would have noticed another madman round here?

    • Blackadder: Well, George, I strongly suspect that your long wait for certain death is nearly at an end. Surely you must've noticed something in the air.
      George: Yes, of course, but I thought it was Private Baldrick.

    • Blackadder: Now ask me some simple questions.
      Baldrick: What is your name?
      Blackadder: Woobble.
      Baldrick: What is two plus two?
      Blackadder: Oh; woobble woobble.
      Baldrick: Where do you live?
      Blackadder: London.
      Baldrick: (looks confused) Eh?
      Blackadder: A small villageon Mars, just outside the capitol city of...Woobble.

    • Trench phone rings
      Blackadder: Hello? The Sommes Public Baths- no running, shouting, or piddling in the shallow end.

    • Blackadder: And Bumfluff himself?
      George: Copped a packet in Gallipolli with the Aussies. So did Drippy and Strangely Brown. I remember we heard on the first morning of the Sommes, when Titch and Mr. Ploppy got gassed back to Blighty.
      Blackadder: Which leaves?
      George: Gosh, yes. I, I suppose I'm the only one of the Trinity Tiddlers left alive. Blimey there's a thought and not a jolly one.

    • Blackadder: Oh, for God's sake George! How long have you been in the army?
      George: Me? I joined up straightaway. August 4, 1914; what a day that was. Myself and the rest of the fellows leap-frogged down to the Cambridge recruiting office and then playing tiddly-winks in the queue. We'd hammered Oxford's tiddly-winkers only the week before and there we were: off to hammer the Bosh! Crashingly superb bunch of blokes. Fine, clean-limbed; even our acne had a strange nobility about it.
      Blackadder: Yes. And how are all the boys now?
      George: Well, Jocko and The Badger bought it at the first Ypres unfortunately. What a shock that.

    • Blackadder: Baldrick, fix us some coffee will you? And try to make it taste slightly less like mud this time.
      Baldrick: It's not easy, I'm afraid, Captain.
      Blackadder: Why is this?
      Baldrick: It is mud. We ran out of coffee thirteen months ago.
      Blackadder: So everytime I've drunk your coffee since, I have, in fact, been drinking hot mud.
      Baldrick: With sugar.
      Blackadder: Which, of course, makes all the difference.
      Baldrick: Why, it would do, if we had any sugar, but unfortunately, we ran out New Year's Eve, 1915. Since then, I've been using sugar substitute.
      Blackadder: Which is?
      Baldrick: Dandruff.
      Blackadder: (disgusted and disheartened) Brilliant.
      Baldrick: Still, I could add some milk this time. (leans in) Well, saliva.
      Blackadder: No! No thank you, Baldrick; call me Mr. Picky, but I'll pass.
      Baldrick: That's probably 'cause you're mad!

    • George: (to Baldrick) Whatever you do, don't excite him.
      Blackadder: Fat chance.

    • Melchett: I'll just going to have to sit this one out on the touchline with the half-time oranges and the fat wheezy boys with a note from matron, while you young bloods link arms and go together for the glorious final scrum down.

    • Baldrick: 'Hear the words I sing,

      War's a horrid thing,

      But still I sing, sing, sing,

      Ding a ling a ling.'

    • Blackadder: The real reason for the whole thing was that it was just too much effort not to have a war.
      George: By gum, this is interesting. I always loved history. The Battle of Hastings. Henry VIII and his six knives, all that.
      Blackadder: You see, Baldrick, in order to prevent war in Europe, two superblocks developed: us, the French and Russians on one side, and the Germans and Austro-Hungary on the other. The idea was to have two vast opposing armies, each acting as the other's deterrent. That way, there could never be a war.
      Baldrick: But this is sort of a war, isn't it, sir?
      Blackadder: Yes, that's right. You see, there was only one tiny flaw in the plan.
      George: What was that, sir?
      Blackadder: It was bollocks.

    • (While talking about what they've done since the war started.)
      Baldrick: Remember the football match?
      Blackadder: Remember it, how could I forget it? I was NEVER off-side I could not believe that decision.

  • NOTES (7)

    • This episode is the only one in this season that didn't have a military rank fitted in the episode title.

    • Rowan Atkinson (Edmund Blackadder), Tony Robinson (Baldrick) and Tim McInnerny (Percy/Lord Topper/Captain Darling) are the only actors to appear in all four seasons.

    • Rowan Atkinson (Edmund Blackadder) and Tony Robinson (Baldrick) are the only actors to appear in every episode.

    • While George was part of "The Trinity Tiddlers," Baldrick was part of "The Turnip Street Workhouse Pals."

    • Bladrick's little animal friends in the trenches were Sammy the Spider, Katie the Worm, Bertie the Bird, and Neville the Fat Hampster.

    • The football match between the British and German forces at Christmas 1914 (mentioned in this episode) actually took place.

    • Originally the end slow-motion scene was to be played at a normal pace and would have the actors charge right up to the camera after coming out of the trench, and then suddenly they would all fall on their backs after all being gunned down by machine gun fire. The producers did not like the scene when it was shot and decided to play the scene in slow-motion and then, after the actors came out of the trench the scene would change to the poppy field. None of the cast knew of this change until it was first broadcast.


    • Two of George's classmates are lost to poison gas at the Battle of the Somme, which took place over weeks during 1916. It involved an incredibly huge British artillery bombardment, meant to obliterate the German defenses, which was to be followed by a huge infantry attack. The bombardment was ineffective as the Germans were dug in too deep or beyond the range of the British guns. George's chums were "Titch" and 'Mr. Floppy" who were "gassed back to Blighty (Britain).

    • George also lost his classmates "Bumfluff," "Drippy," and "Strangly Brown,"at the Battle of Gallipoli (1915), which was part of an allied effort to force open the Dardenelles strait in order to re-supply Russia from the south and take Turkey out of the war. Most of the fighting was done by Australian troops, as evidenced by his line "Copped a packet at Gallipoli with the Aussies."

    • George: Well, Jocko and The Badger bought it at the first Ypres unfortunately.
      This refers to a battle in Belgium, which occured 31 October to 17 November, 1914.