Flipper: Season 3, Episode 24

The Firing Line: Part 2 (18 Mar. 1967)

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Sandy and Bud took a short cut on the way to their errand and end up in the middle of an active shooting range. While they are stuck there being shot at after their motor is struck, Porter ... See full summary »

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Sandy and Bud took a short cut on the way to their errand and end up in the middle of an active shooting range. While they are stuck there being shot at after their motor is struck, Porter Ricks desperately looks for his boys, then tries to save them from being killed. Written by Michelle P.

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The Navy is a poor shot!
10 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

This review is of both parts of this 2 part episode. Porter leaves the boys alone for a few days while he attends to various errands allowing them to open his mail. They find a government check that says "Termination Pay" and they assume their dad has been fired so they set about on a quest to find him another job before he returns only they claim it's for a 'friend'. After speaking to several people they finally speak to a naval officer who thinks the Commander at the base across the bay would be interested so the boys set out to cross the naval gunnery range as a short cut to meet the Commander before he heads home. Sandy assumes there is no gun practice due to it being a Saturday.

Meanwhile Porter ends up at a remote end of the Park investigating wildlife issues with a younger ranger only to end up rescuing the younger ranger caught in quicksand. Porter has uneasiness about the boys but doesn't know why until they drive the skiff right in the middle of salvos of shells. The engine is hit making it impossible for them to escape so they hide behind a concrete buoy in the skiff as best they can shelter from the explosions. Porter meanwhile returns home to find no boys and a big care package from friends concerned at his supposed plight. The boys cower soaking wet trapped in the skiff. Flipper dives deep to avoid the explosions and Porter searches in vain until he's told by sympathetic locals that the boys headed to the naval base. Porter realizes that they may have gone through the gunnery range and he goes into the shell barrage after them after he remembers the radio is being repaired. The boys decide to get Flipper out of the water due to possible concussion and they haul him aboard..as if he'd be safer in the boat.

Porter defies all odds and is never hit and the navy seem unable to pick up anything the size of a large launch on their radar - both things highly improbable. What saves the day is Porter using tin foil attached to a fishing pole to attract the navy's attention and the Ricks can all escape in the launch. Turns out the "termination" phrase on the check was a computer malfunction - it meant to read "vacation"!

3 bits of Trivia: 1 - The Dolphin Testing Lab in part 1 does a sonar experiment by putting rubber cups on a dolphins eyes to see if they can use sonar only to navigate replicating a similar experiment that Ivan Tors the producer of both Flipper movies and the TV series did. 2 - Flipper's trainer Ric O'Barry was an occasional stunt stand in for Luke Halpin and he (and another double for Bud) takes the one scene where the navy guns are blowing up the targets as the skiffs navigates through. 3 - In the last scene the boys are all dry despite being soaked a few minutes earlier - scene continuity was not checked as the journey across the bay in the cloudy weather would not have dried them out.


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