Flipper: Season 1, Episode 7

Not Necessarily Gospel (31 Oct. 1964)

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An old man fills Bud's head with heroic tales, but his father warns him all the stories aren't necessarily true. Circumstances force Bud to realize then, but he wants to be a hero by finding the poachers who almost killed his father.

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An old man fills Bud's head with heroic tales, but his father warns him all the stories aren't necessarily true. Circumstances force Bud to realize then, but he wants to be a hero by finding the poachers who almost killed his father.

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Hap is a paper tiger
30 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode features the first appearance of old radio and TV legend Andy Devine as local boat repairer Hap Gorman. Resplendent in his huge white eyebrows, hairy ears and old school dungarees, Hap has Bud enthralled with endless tales of adventure many of questionable truthfulness. This prompts Porter to warn Bud to not believe everything Hap says and an unbelievably realistic sneer from skeptical Sandy. The impatience that mid adolescent boys have with child siblings is very apparent in the dialog between Bud and Sandy.

Porter advises he suspects poachers are about in the park and that night he takes the skiff and a rifle to try and catch them. He stumbles on them coming out of the water and tries to shoot them as they run but their larger boat rams the skiff leaving Porter clinging to wreckage. Sandy awakes at 4am, finds his Dad not home and called Ranger Warden and they, with Flipper's help, find Porter at sun up.

Bud and Sandy accompany the Rangers as they investigate boat repair yards up and down the Keys trying to find if anyone repaired the damaged poacher's boat. Hap is particularly shifty when questioned and it turns out that, under threat of death, he did the repairs.

Bud takes off in the skiff, sees the poacher's boat and ties up only to find that they take off with the skiff still tied to their boat whilst he's diving where he discovers the illegal lobster pots. Hap meanwhile is rowing and meets Flipper who tries to get Hap's attention - Hap is not a fan of Flipper who just takes over and tows the row boat to the buoy where Flipper towed Bud to.

Hap carries Bud into the Ricks' home, owns up to the repair and accompanies Porter to the poachers boat and sort of helps with the arrest.

The colorful fashions of the 60's are evident in this episode with Sandy sporting light blue pants with a series of very typical bright striped T - shirts.


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