Maybe Clarkson didn't want to wait around until the end. Maybe he wanted to go out as a tribute to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. At the final crux of the plot, with Clarkson's army of producers and office workers finally ready to storm the gates of Maranello for the mystic rose of all car comparisons, Clarkson had to be sure the uniformed BBC would show up from beyond the fourth wall and shut the whole thing down.

On that bombshell, indeed.