Combat!: Season 4, Episode 21

Nothing to Lose (1 Feb. 1966)

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Privates Vinnick (Sal Mineo) and Burke (Tom Skerritt) have been together since basic training and are assigned to Hanley's platoon. Vinnick is a street wise city kid who is fearless in ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Sgt. Saunders (credit only)
Jack Hogan ...
Dick Peabody ...
Pierre Jalbert ...
Burke (as Tom Skerrit)


Privates Vinnick (Sal Mineo) and Burke (Tom Skerritt) have been together since basic training and are assigned to Hanley's platoon. Vinnick is a street wise city kid who is fearless in battle. Burke, on the other hand, is paralyzed by fear when a firefight begins. Vinnick's contempt for Burke is obvious as is Burke's hatred for Vinnick. The episode opens with a firefight where Burke is frozen in fear. Vinnick charges a German MG-42 emplacement, and Hanley tells them he will recommend Vinnick for a Bronze Star. Later, Hanley receives a message that Vinnick is wanted back in the states on a murder warrant. Hanley disarms Vinnick and intends to turn him over to the MPs, but Vinnick manages to get away. Wanting to capture his nemesis, Burke goes hunting for Vinnick. In the end, the basic character of both men holds true. Mineo and Skerritt give stellar performances. Written by David Wile

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1 February 1966 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The Mineo & Skerritt Show
29 October 2014 | by (Mesa, AZ USA) – See all my reviews

"Nothing To Lose" is a story of 2 G I 's Vinnick & Burke (played by Sal Mineo & Tom Skerritt respectively) who do not like each other. Vinnick's supposed to be the brave tough guy from the inner city and Burke the coward. Vinnick has no patience for the cowardly Burke and keeps trying to intimidate him. Burke figures because he's the bigger of the two, he can bully Vinnick.

This episode suffers from a weak script in that it lacks a war related plot. The title Nothing To Lose signifies Vinnick has nothing to lose because he is the scrawnier of the two men. If he gets beat up by Burke it was to be expected and if he wins the fight so much the better - a win, win situation.

Very, very boring to me. Poor Lieutenant Hanley has the aggravation of dealing with the two who in their childish conflict could get the squad killed. Kirby takes a liking to Vinnick after Vinnick comes to his rescue but ends up learning he's dealing with an anti-social personality. Burke is sort of amusing in that he plays a pretty good coward role. All he needed was a few boxing lessons in life and a willingness to mix it up with potential bullies. But that never happened for him.

In the end character is magnified for both men and does not change. Big deal. Wannabe tough guys who are both wimpy.

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