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The Empty Parachute 

Hogan plants an empty parachute in the camp sending the Germans on a wild goose chase for a downed Allied agent.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Col. Klink
Sgt. Schultz
Maj. Hochstetter
Julius Schlager
Major Blair


Hogan plants an empty parachute in the camp sending the Germans on a wild goose chase for a downed Allied agent.

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5 December 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the crates being unloaded from the truck is a crate (Wein marked with the Z which was nitroglycerin bound for the underground), that was used in the previous season's "The Purchasing Plan". See more »


When Newkirk and Carter are telling Schultz that Klink wants to see him, Carter's collar on his jacket is pulled up to block the wind. When the camera angle changes his collar is flat. Then changes again right before Schultz comes back. See more »


Sgt. Andrew Carter: I hate to say this, Colonel, but I don't see any way we're going to get our hands on that briefcase.
Col. Robert E. Hogan: You're right, the situation is hopeless, there's no solution, we're faced with an absolute impossibility.
Cpl. Peter Newkirk: In that case, sir, why don't you tell us what you've thought of?
Col. Robert E. Hogan: Alright, here it is.
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The script needed a re-write
4 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is kind of a silly episode when for some reason a man, Julius Schlager, comes into camp with some very secret documents for Hitler, (why he would come to a prison camp is beyond me) Anyway he has the briefcase with the information chained to his wrist. But when a parachute is found in the prison camp, they suspect that someone has landed to steal the briefcase. So they hid the briefcase in Klink's safe.

And as you might guess, Hogan now has to get the briefcase out of the safe and then return it before Julius Schlager leaves the camp. That is when the show took a ridiculous turn as Newkirk will break into the safe while nearly the entire German staff is in the room. And it gets even more pathetic when the briefcase is returned.

The plot was not bad but the way the viewer is suppose to take the action is down-right silly. This script needed some new ideas but ended up with a ludicrous afterthought. Just to far-fetched to believe.

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