Recap / Blackadder S 4 E 2 Corporal Punishment

While trying to get out of another suicidal advance, Blackadder shoots a carrier pigeon moments after doing so is made a court-martial offence. To make matters worse, the pigeon in question was a favourite pet of General Melchett. Now Blackadder and co must find a way to get him out of facing a firing squad.

  • Artistic License History: Blackadder couldn't have been "rogering the Duke of York with a prize-winning leek" because, between 1910 and 1920, there was no Duke of York.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Melchett does this after finding out Blackadder shot his pigeon.
    Darling: I've suspected this for some time, sir. Clearly Captain Blackadder has been disobeying orders with a breath taking impertinence!
    Melchett: I don't care if he's been rogering the Duke of York with a prize-winning leek! He shot my pigeon!
  • Disproportionate Retribution:
    • Melchett's willingness to have Blackadder shot for killing his pet is a bit over the top.
    • Blackadder gets back at George and Baldrick for getting so drunk they forgot to send the telegram that would get him off the hook by volunteering them for a Suicide Mission into No-Man's Land.
  • Easily Forgiven: No mention is made of Speckled Jim or the shooting incident again,and by the next episode, Blackadder and Melchett are back on friendly speaking terms.
  • Exact Words: "We didn't get any messages and Captain Blackadder definitely didn't shoot this delicious, plump breasted pigeon!"
  • Freudian Slip: "However, before we proceed to the formality of sentencing the deceased- I mean the defendant! Hehehehehehehehehehehehehe."
  • For the Evulz: Darling acting as prosecutor at Blackadder's court-martial seems to have been purely for this.
    Darling: Only doing my job, Blackadder: Obeying orders. And of course, having enormous fun into the bargain!
  • Frame-Up: According to Blackadder, Oscar Wilde was world heavyweight boxing champion, father of 114 illegitimate children and the author of the best-selling book ''"Why I Like To Do It With Girls", only to get set down as a roaring homosexual.
  • Hanging Judge: Melchett at the trial.
  • Kangaroo Court: Everybody involved in the trial has a personal stake in the case, and don't even try to hide it.
  • Mood Dissonance: The firing squad are far more cheerful than they probably should be, what with their job being to execute men.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Operation: Certain Death".
  • Punch-Clock Villain: The firing squad. They see their job as an unpleasant necessity.
  • Skewed Priorities: Melchett couldn't care less about the lives of his soldiers, but gets very upset when his pigeon is killed.
  • Tempting Fate: There's plenty of these:
    Blackadder: Come on, George. With fifty thousand men getting killed a week, who's going to miss a pigeon?!
    • And then later:
    Blackadder: Any reasonable judge is bound to let me off.
    Darling: (grinning smugly) Well, obviously.
    Blackadder: Who is the judge?
    Melchett: (from outside) BAAAAAA!
    Blackadder: [deadpan] I'm dead.