McHale's Navy: Season 2, Episode 20

Evil-Eye Parker (27 Jan. 1964)

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When Binghamton refuses permission for McHale and The Crew to put on a big show, to raise funds for the local Orphanage, Parker uses his newly-acquired skill as a Hypnotist, to make The ... See full summary »



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When Binghamton refuses permission for McHale and The Crew to put on a big show, to raise funds for the local Orphanage, Parker uses his newly-acquired skill as a Hypnotist, to make The Captain more agreeable. But the scheme is complicated by the visit of a Senator from the Armed Services Committee. Written by David C. Bohn

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Lester Gruber: [after Gruber performs some magic and the crowd is clapping] Thank you, Thank you, talent worshipers. I wish I could say I didn't deserve it, but I do.
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The Old Folks At Home
Written by Stephen Foster
played on piano at the benefit show
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The ending saved this rehashed plot from being an all-out clunker.
1 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is a topic that nearly every successful sitcom tackles sometime during the run. The problem is that it's never interesting in any sitcom, nor is it interesting in this episode of 'McHale's Navy'. The only thing different from so many others is- that this show actually had an amusing ending. The ending saved this episode from being one of the poorest in the entire series run of the program.

Parker gets a book about hypnotism and proceeds in swaying anything shiny into people's faces to try to get them under the power. Parker is trying to put a crew member under hypnosis and actually places Captain Binghamton under the power while he was watching from afar.

McHale has been trying to get Binghamton to let them put on a skit show to benefit an orphanage but the Captain has refused. But under Parker's spell, the Captain now agrees to the show and even wants to be one of the headliners. With a Senator coming to the base to inspect the Captain, it may not be pretty.

The plot about hypnotism was difficult to believe and even more difficult to watch. The way that Parker gets the Captain under his power, on two occasions, is downright daffy. It is so unbelievable and uninteresting that it took away from the show. The only thing that saved the show from being an all-out clunker was the way the program came to an end. In a clever way, the writers had Gruber and Binghamton perform a skit, in a rather humorous fashion, to bring the show to a close. That was about the only thing good in the entire program.

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