Flipper: Season 1, Episode 1

300 Feet Below (19 Sep. 1964)

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Bud plays catch with flipper, teaching him how to retrieve items from the ocean floor. An SOS comes through; Bill Darmon has been attacked by a shark and needs blood urgently. Porter ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Tommy Norden ...
William Traylor ...
Dr. Darmon
Elena Darmon
Bob Sipes ...
Helicopter Crew Chief


Bud plays catch with flipper, teaching him how to retrieve items from the ocean floor. An SOS comes through; Bill Darmon has been attacked by a shark and needs blood urgently. Porter contacts the Coast Guard to arrange the blood delivery before going out with Bud to rescue Bill. The helicopter arrives but during the transfer the blood is lost overboard. A number of attempts are made to retrieve it but a persistent shark stops all efforts till Flipper comes to the rescue, fights off the shark and brings the blood up. Written by glen_chapman <chapman_glen@yahoo.com>

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19 September 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.33 : 1
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Season 1 was filmed in the summer of 1964 when Luke Halpin was already 17 but a pilot of the series was filmed a year earlier when Luke was 16 immediately after he completed filming the second Flipper movie "Flipper's New Adventure". It became Episode 3 of Season 1 and the age difference of Halpin and co star Norden between Episode 3 and the Episodes 1 and 2 before it is obvious. See more »


As Elena straps on a SCUBA tank to go after the blood, Porter tells her that she can't make it as the water is 300' deep. At that depth, the pressure is approximately 10 atmospheres or 147 pounds per square inch. The container and its contents would have been crushed like an eggshell. See more »


Dr. Darmon: I can certainly say one thing for the shark. He sure straightened out my sense of values.
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21 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Putting aside the fact that there was a movie made before the show, we have an excellent first episode.

Porter Ricks picks up a distress call from a doctor who was attacked by a shark and in dire need of blood. The copter drops the blood, but the Porter drops it. It's an amazing few minutes as he climbs up hire and hire to try to grab the box of blood from the hook it's attached to. A far angle shot shows the danger our hero is in. Of course when the box drops into the ocean, he drops with it in an amazing, fast dive that's pretty unbelievable.

The water there is 300 feet below. Now, I don't know exactly how deep that is or anything; and I don't know how things work in water but I was a bit surprised that they could see the shark's blood so quickly and clearly when it was attacked 300 feet down!

Eight year old Bud is given a lot of responsibility. While the Porter goes to check on the doctor, he tells Bud to get the flair ready to shoot and to be careful because it's cocked. There doesn't seem to be much worry, which means that regardless of the fact that Bud gets himself into lots of trouble in later episodes, there's an element of trust and authority that Bud will do the right thing and be careful.

The Porter has a lot of trust in his older son as he leaves it solely in Sandy's responsibility to get Flipper there and knows that it would happen. How many kids now days can be trusted like that?

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