Flipper: Season 1, Episode 5

City Boy (17 Oct. 1964)

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Mike Belden gets to spend some time with the Ricks family, after his mother remarries and heads out for a honeymoon. As a city boy he struggles to adapt to the lifestyle of the Florida Keys... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Tommy Norden ...
Phil Vandervort ...
Mike Belden (as Philip Vandervort)
M'el Dowd ...
Amy Field
Jason Greene ...
Sam Field


Mike Belden gets to spend some time with the Ricks family, after his mother remarries and heads out for a honeymoon. As a city boy he struggles to adapt to the lifestyle of the Florida Keys. He is concerned about his mother remarrying and seems on a path of self destruction, first crashing a speedboat then disobeying diving instructions. Ultimately he talks Sandy into diving a dangerous wreck, where they become trapped and only the quick thinking flipper alerts Sandy's father and the boys are saved just as their air runs out Written by glen_chapman <chapman_glen@yahoo.com>

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17 October 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


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1.33 : 1
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Bud Ricks: Oh, I guess Sandy's okay, but wait till you see Flipper. You'll love him!
Porter Ricks: Spoken like a true kid brother.
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A Black Belt in Swimsuit Modeling
26 September 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Sandy (Luke Halpin) is feeding Flipper when "City Boy" Phil Vandervort (as Mike Beldon) walks up the dock; he teases both Flipper and "Redneck" Sandy, prompting a wet brawl. The battling teens are stopped by Ricks (Brian Kelly). Turns out, the troubled young Vandervort is going to be staying with the Ricks family for a spell. Soon, Vandervort has replaced Bud (Tommy Norden) as Sandy's companion. He takes Sandy to the town carnival looking for some "action" and takes a boat out hotrodding for "kicks". Ricks decides the New York lad has been a bad influence on Sandy; so, he seeks to re-channel their energies. He takes the teens scuba diving. Later, Vandervort coaxes Sandy to return to a sunken ship, where the two face unexpected danger…

This is an interesting episode focusing on Luke Halpin's character Sandy, and the "juvenile delinquency" offered by guest star Vandervort. It is interesting to see Sandy with a "City Boy" friend other than young Bud. However, Vandervort seems a little too soft-spoken to pose any real threat. Watch for the bathing suit modeling - Halpin in yellow trunks, and Vandervort in red - and, both with black belts! And, don't miss the wink Ricks gives Sandy when he takes them out scuba-diving. Note: Vandervort was Lucie Arnaz' boyfriend, then husband.

****** City Boy (10/17/64) Herman Hoffman ~ Luke Halpin, Brian Kelly, Phil Vandervort

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