|Blackadder II character|
|Portrayed by||Gabrielle Glaister|
|Occupation||Lord Blackadder's servant|
Kate, who goes by the pseudonym "Bob", is one of the first characters to appear in Blackadder II. She is a somewhat naive young woman who insists on believing her mother is dead, despite her father's insistence that she ran off with his brother.
Her aging father informs her that due to his imminent dotage he must look to his daughter to sustain him, and suggests that the best way is for her to become a prostitute, against her will.
After arriving in London, she disguises herself as a man and is hired as a manservant by Lord Blackadder, who casually kicks Baldrick out onto the streets. However, when Blackadder points out that "Kate" is a girl's name, she quickly claims it is short for "Bob". Blackadder becomes increasingly concerned about the attraction he feels for the boy. Eventually, after being prescribed a course of leeches by a doctor and an attempt to throw Bob out, he learns the truth (after Kate opens her doublet in front of him), and several minutes later they have sex and become engaged.
The wedding is due to be officiated by Lord Melchett, with Baldrick acting as bridesmaid (Kate doesn't have any girl-chums, as her family is too poor to afford friends). Blackadder pays Kate's father £10 to go away, much to her dismay. Blackadder's promise to have Baldrick beat him up and retrieve the money does little to comfort her. Unfortunately Blackadder asks Lord Flashheart to be the best man (even though Lord Percy wanted to be the best man), and within seconds of meeting Kate, Flashheart gives her a searingly passionate kiss directly in front of Edmund, winning her heart. Flash and Kate decide to run off together (although, as Kate has discovered she prefers wearing boys' clothes, and Flash feels more comfy in a dress, they swap outfits first), leaving Blackadder jilted at the altar.
Blackadder Goes Forth
|Blackadder Goes Forth character|
|First appearance||"Major Star"|
|Last appearance||"Private Plane"|
|Portrayed by||Gabrielle Glaister|
|Occupation||General Melchett's driver|
|“||Let me put it another way, Bob. You are a girl. And you're a girl with as much talent for disguise as a giraffe in dark glasses trying to get into a polar bears-only golf club||”|
She begs Blackadder not to give her away, explaining that all her brothers have signed up, and she wants "to see how a war is fought, so badly".
|“||Well you've come to the right place, Bob. A war's not been fought this badly since Olaf the Hairy, High Chief of all the Vikings, accidentally ordered 80,000 battle helmets with the horns on the inside||”|
While Blackadder is not fooled, Lieutenant George is, failing to spot the truth even when she emerges from the shower wearing only a towel. So is Melchett, who, while attracted to the singer Gorgeous Georgina (utterly failing to recognise Lieutenant George), is outraged when she is replaced by what he perceives as a drag act involving Bob.
Driver Parkhurst also appears in the following episode, "Private Plane", once more involved with Lord Flashheart. In this episode, Bob appears as a female, wearing women's clothing and going by the unisex name "Bobbie". Thus, may be assumed that her disguise was uncovered or she eventually came clean.
At the end of the episode, Lord Flashheart, a squadron commander in the Royal Flying Corps, tells Blackadder, "Remember, if you want something, take it." Flashheart then calls Bobbie into the room and announcing, "I want something." She gleefully responds, "Take it," while pulling open her top. Bobbie leads Flashheart out of the office, continuing the joke from the second series.