McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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Alias Captain Binghamton 

McHale and The Boys scheme to get rid of a troublesome new member of the 73 Crew, and, in the process, wind up in big trouble. But, the new Crewman - Who happens to be the spitting-image of... See full summary »

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Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
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Captain Wallace B. Binghamton / Seaman Smoot
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Ensign Charles Parker
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Lester Gruber
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George Christopher
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'Tinker' Bell
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Virgil Edwards
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Happy
John Wright ...
Willy Moss
Yoshio Yoda ...
Fuji Kobiaji
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Lt. Elroy Carpenter (as Bob Hastings)
Jane Dulo ...
Nurse Molly Turner
Sally Mansfield ...
Lt. Lovett
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Taggart
Barbara Brent ...
The Nurse
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McHale and The Boys scheme to get rid of a troublesome new member of the 73 Crew, and, in the process, wind up in big trouble. But, the new Crewman - Who happens to be the spitting-image of Binghamton - Turns out to be quite useful, in a complicated plan to get them off the hook. Written by David C. Bohn

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16 May 1963 (USA)  »

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At one point, while attempting to distract the magazine photographer, McHale and Parker tell him that the nurses are sunbathing "in their bikinis." Although two-piece bathing suits had been around for some time, the term "bikini" wasn't used to refer to them until 1946, in conjunction with the atomic test that happened at Bikini Atoll, when the French designer of a new two-piece design suggested that it would create a burst of excitement like the bomb. See more »

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Joe Flynn (I) played two roles in this episode. Flynn is credited twice: as a regular cast member and as a guest star in position number 12 after Bob Hastings and before Jane Dulo. See more »

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Much better than expected
27 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Usually when the writers resort having a regular actor play two characters it means that they have ran out of scripts and are throwing anything against the wall to see if it sticks. But this episode proved to be different as the story was interesting and the show entertaining.

What has happened is that McHale as a new transfer that is joining his crew. Seaman Smoot (Joe Flynn) comes aboard and everyone notices that he looks exactly like Captain Binghamton. At first the crew is reluctant to have Smoot around since he maybe a spy sent by Binghamton. But later when Binghamton has McHale up on court-martial charges the uncanny look of Seaman Smoot will play an important part in getting McHale out of trouble.

This has a very predictable plot but the way the story plays out has more imagination that most programs. Joe Flynn does an excellent job of playing the young seaman where the viewer feels comfortable enough in believe the two people are not the same. This is difficult for most actors but Mr Flynn does a fine job in making both character have different traits. This episode was better than expected.---- Plus at the very end of the show we have one of the funniest slaps that I can remember. Was a great scene.


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