Sgt. Barney McKlosky and his two Signal Corps men have to lay a telephone line cross-country from the company HQ to an outpost. Saunders' squad is assigned to provide protection and assist ...
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Sgt. Barney McKlosky and his two Signal Corps men have to lay a telephone line cross-country from the company HQ to an outpost. Saunders' squad is assigned to provide protection and assist in laying the wire. Prior to the war, McKlosky was a linesman in Wyoming who broke his leg in a fall and nearly died because his co-worker did not come back with help. Since that incident, McKlosky trusts no one and holds everyone in contempt. While laying line across a bridge on the way to the outpost, McKlosky and Littlejohn drop a roll of wire in the river. Although both men dropped the wire by accident, McKlosky blames it all on Littlejohn and belittles him. He insists on scrubbing the mission for lack of enough wire, but Saunders figures a shorter way to the outpost and insists on going forward. Saunders' short cut, however, is not quite as short as he thought, and they still do not have enough wire to reach the outpost. Again McKlosky wants to quit, but Saunders takes them back to an abandoned... Written by
"The Linesman" is a story about Technical Sergeant Barney McKlosky (well played by Jack Lord) who knows the feeling of abandonment and can no longer depend on anyone.
After a sniper knocks off one of McKlosky's people he becomes totally cynical of Sergeant Saunders' capabilities. When Lieutenant Hanley gives the order to lay down a telephone line, McKlosky hates the idea of White Rook protecting he and his assistant O'Connor.
"The Linesman" suffers from a mediocre script; there's not enough firefight and no heavy artillery fire to help sustain the episode. Conflict is evident between McKlosky and White Rook; his verbal assault of Littlejohn is hysterical. There's a certain amount of suspense, but running a foot race with the Germans and then hiding from them is not very exciting.
The ending is excellent in that McKlosky finally sees the light by way of Doctor Saunders. One must wonder however if the Germans would be dumb enough to leave the keys in the truck. Two excellent character actors are not enough to overcome a weak screenplay. Overall - a very mediocre episode.
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