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 »
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
This episode reasonably accurately portrays how adolescent boys behave
the thrill seeking behavior with a fast boat, the rivalry and
oneupmanship and the tendency for the wilder boy (Mike) to try and tempt the more straight laced kid (Sandy) into breaking family rules. A typical scene was how quickly the tension between Mike and Sandy boiled over into a fight but also how quickly they made up and became friends. The script writers obviously had teen aged boys. I enjoyed the realism of this episode even down the addressing the emotional impact of the death of a father and how destabilizing it is for the mother to remarry so quickly. All good stuff.
After nearly killing himself racing a boat someone left at the Ricks', Sandy teaches Mike how to scuba dive. This seems to calm Mike down and enables he and Sandy to bond. However in persuading Sandy to do one last dive to a wreck in pursuit of possible treasure leads to both boys being trapped and, thanks to Flipper's guidance to the site, both Porter and Mike's step-father (Sam) with whom Mike has struggled to like, affect the rescue. Sam has no prior diving experience and so the courage it took to dive to rescue his stepson ends up breaking the ice and enabling them to bond.
A bit of trivia - the opening credits from Episode 5 onwards of Season 1 now feature footage of the 3 main actors filmed that same year (1964) whereas the first 4 episodes in Season 1 had credits with footage filmed in 1963 for the pilot (which became Episode 3 SOS Dolphin).
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