Flipper (1964–1967)
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Flipper saves a marine doctor poisoned by a fish sting.



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Episode cast overview:
Tommy Norden ...
John Lasell ...
Dr. Rothwell
Linda Bennett ...
'Grandma' Hadley


Porter is given orders to close the park and waits for a scientist to come explain the reason. After he yells at Porter for allowing his boys to swim in the water, the Dr. explains that it had discovered that a very poisonous fish had been the cause of death of a man the week before. Unfortunately, Flipper misunderstand the man's intentions and tries to prevent him from removing the fish. During the struggle, the scientist get's stung. Nor Porter and Flipper must rescue him before time runs out. Written by Michelle P.

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3 October 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Dr. Rothwell: If I see those boys in the water again, Chief Ranger or not, you'll be on suspension by the end of the day!
Porter Ricks: Doctor, some very good advice: You just climb back into that sardine can of yours and roll up the lid.
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Much earlier pilot added to Season 1
23 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

This episode was filmed in 1963 the day after Luke Halpin completed filming the last scene in the Flipper sequel movie "Flipper's New Adventure" (FNA) when Halpin was only 16 and Norden was 11 (Halpin is wearing the same red t-shirt in the final FNA movie scene and in this TV series pilot). The rest of Season 1 was filmed in the summer of 1964 when both boys were a year older. This is particularly noticeable with Halpin because he not only looks younger in this episode but acts more childlike in the pilot (calling his Dad Pa and getting so excited over small things like going for a swim and being with Flipper and Pete the pelican - things that were evident in the FNA movie). By the time the TV series proper began in the summer of 1964, Halpin was 17 but acting as the 15 year old Sandy. He seems much more natural and mature in the regular season episodes than in this pilot

FNA acted in some ways to transition the Ricks family situation from the original Flipper movie which starred Chuck Connors as the Porter Ricks to the kinder and more telegenic Brian Kelly who is first seen in this role in FNA. The 1963 TV pilot first introduces Tommy Norden as Bud and has Porter in his eventual TV series role as the Park Ranger based at Coral Key Preserve (in FNA he was still at Park Ranger school) and in the original movie Porter Ricks was a fisherman.

You can tell this episode is an experiment. The plot line was a little clumsy because Flipper is somewhat responsible for the plight of the scientist until he rescues the situation whereas the 'Flipper to the rescue' plot line was to dominate the whole series. The episode features a mini sub that was to become a recurring prop in numerous episodes. It seemed a little odd that it was not made the first episode for all these reasons and maybe was inserted to save the cost of an episode.

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