Flipper: Season 2, Episode 3

Dolphin in Pursuit: Part 2 (2 Oct. 1965)

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The Ricks are stranded on a uninhabited island and Flipper are missing as the convicted killer, Al Bardeman, is getting further and further away. Can Flipper save them?

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The Ricks are stranded on a uninhabited island and Flipper are missing as the convicted killer, Al Bardeman, is getting further and further away. Can Flipper save them?

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Sandy Ricks: [after seeing Coast Guard boat take away escaped convict Al Bardeman] What's going to happen to him, Dad?
Porter Ricks: I don't know; I suppose he'll get the punishment he deserves.
Ulla Norstrand: Just as long as *we* don't ever see him again. It's a shame he had to spoil your camping trip.
Bud Ricks: I don't think he spoiled it. It was kinda fun!
Ulla Norstrand: [Incredulous] *Fun?*
Sandy Ricks: I was sorta scared there for a minute, but I knew Dad would get 'im!
Porter Ricks: Well, it did give us a little excitement, didn't it?
Ulla Norstrand: I guess I had better go back to my ...
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Gorgeous scenery
24 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is the second part of a two part episode focusing around the hijacking of the family vacation. Aside from the interest modern audiences would have in seeing Burt Reynolds in this cameo but convincing role, the real highlight is the stunningly beautiful island they have become stranded on. The location of "Flipper" in the Florida Keys is one of the various reasons why it was so popular. For the Ricks family to have such deserted paradises so close to them was part of the allure of "Flipper" to me as a child - I was jealous of the lifestyle Bud and Sandy had. I'm sure its all so built up, commercial and crowded now that it doesn't have the same wilderness feel that was such an integral part of the show.

This episode shows how independent and reasonably well prepared these teen-aged boys were for the wilderness. They can fish and take care of themselves whilst their Dad takes off to retrieve the stolen vessel. Most modern city boys of the age portrayed would freak out and not cope. The boys are also used to the law enforcement aspect of their Dad's job and seem to cope well with dramatic violent incidents that involve the pulling of guns and knives.

Finally I've often wondered why the scrip writers did not explore a romantic connection between Porter and Ulla. Various episodes feature a number of eligible and beautiful women in Porter's life that in a more modern show likely would've progressed to romance. Perhaps it was seen as too much of a distraction from the central Flipper and Ricks family rescuing/assisting story lines.


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