Recap: Blackadder S 4 E 3 Major Star

Edmund hates show business with a passion. This until Melchett plans to stage a revue to boost morale, with this being a golden opportunity for him to leave the trenches. His plan goes well, until George's drag act catches the General's eye.

  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Melchett falls for Georgina, who in fact is George in drag.
  • Breather Episode: Between the court-martial on "Corporal Punishment" and the Red Baron in "Private Plane"
  • Brick Joke: See Telegraph Gag STOP below
  • Buster Keaton: Baldrick does a "feeble impersonation" of him (to the General's mind at least, he's actually trying to be Charlie Chaplin .)
  • Charlie Chaplin: Impersonated by Baldrick at the show. To Edmund, he is as funny as getting an arrow in the head... and learning there's a gas bill tied to it.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Blackadder tries to tell Melchett about his fiancee's "demise".
    Captain Blackadder: There's something wrong with your fiancee.
    General Melchett: Oh my God, she's not Welsh, is she?
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Inverted. No one notices that Bob Parkhurst is a woman (except for Edmund).
  • Modesty Towel: "Bob" is seen wearing one after a shower.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: "Bob" tries to pretend to be a man simply by putting on a man's uniform. Edmund tells her that she's "a girl with as much talent for disguise as a giraffe in dark glasses trying to get into a "Polar Bears Only" golf club." It fools everyone else, though.
  • Recursive Crossdressing: Bob "crossdresses" to fill for the "deceased" 'Georgina'. It doesn't work - while the soldiers like her act, Melchett finds it disgusting.
  • The Russian Revolution: Probably the worst news for Blackadder at the moment, since the 250,000 Germans on the Russian front will surely move on to the trenches.
    Baldrick: They've overthrown Nicholas II, who used to be bizarre.
    Blackadder: He used to be the tsar.
  • Slip into Something More Comfortable: Inverted by Bob, who after performing in a dress, asks for permission to "slip into something more uncomfortable".
  • Telegraph Gag STOP:
    TO MR. C Chaplin

    SENNETT STUDIOS—HOLLYWOOD CALIFORNIA

    CONGRATS -{STOP}- HAVE FOUND ONLY PERSON IN WORLD LESS FUNNY THAN YOU -{STOP}-

    NAME—BALDRICK -{STOP}- SIGNED E BLACKADDER -{STOP}-

    PS—PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE STOP
    • At the end of the episode, Chaplin himself makes a comeback at Edmund:
    TWICE NIGHTLY SCREENING OF MY FILMS IN TRENCHES—EXCELLENT IDEA -{STOP}-

    BUT MUST INSIST THAT E BLACKADDER BE PROJECTIONIST -{STOP}-

    PS—DONT LET HIM EVER STOP