Season 4 Episode 2

Corporal Punishment

Aired Wednesday 9:30 PM Oct 05, 1989 on BBC

Episode Fan Reviews (2)

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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 it
  • 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.
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