After being restricted to base by Binghamton, McHale and the guys mock up a damaged PT boat, to look like the 73, so that they can sneak a load of building materials to a nearby island ... See full summary »

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After being restricted to base by Binghamton, McHale and the guys mock up a damaged PT boat, to look like the 73, so that they can sneak a load of building materials to a nearby island village, to help the natives rebuild, after an air raid. But complications develop, when Admiral Rogers visits Taratupa, to investigate. Written by David C. Bohn

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30 March 1964 (USA)  »

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Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: [Finding the wreckage of the PT 25] Well, the first thing we do is go aboard and clean her up. Then we're going to change her name.
'Tinker' Bell: To what, Flotsam or Jetsam?
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One of the better shows we have seen in sometime.
3 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For the first time in many shows, this episode made me smile. It was well written and did not beat us over the head with obnoxious behavior that seems to be the norm of the last few productions. This show was an unexpected treasure.

The base is being bothered by a Japanese fighter that they call 'Hit-and-Run Harry'. It seems that Harry is causing problem and even sunk PT boat 25 during one of the air-raids. When Binghamton learns that the crew of the PT 25 are going to be reassigned, he only wishes that it could have been the PT 73 with McHale and his crew. So he gets the idea of ordering the PT 73 to be docked and the crew ordered to stay on the base. This way if Hit-and Run Harry hits the stationary 73, Binghamton can finally get rid of McHale.

But McHale takes the ruins of the PT 25 and and paints the number 73 on the side. Now Binghamton thinks that McHale and his crew had not left the island. But actually they have left to help some natives rebuild their huts after an air-raid. While Binghamton and Admiral Parker finally learn that the 73 has left port, McHale is going to do a lot of explaining. That is if a miracle does not happen.

This was an entertaining show that has been lacking for most of season two. Joe Flynn was great with some darn funny lines in this episode. Plus the writers did not make Ensign Parker so inane that his character becomes annoying and the viewer becomes uninterested. This was one of the better shows we have seen in some time. Good watch.


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