McHale's Navy: Season 2, Episode 11

French Leave for McHale (25 Nov. 1963)

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While on an unauthorized liberty, in New Caledonia, McHale and The Crew are all thrown in jail, for various reasons, during which time, a crooked Frenchman steals the 73 to use for some ... See full summary »

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Fuji Kobiaji (credit only)
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While on an unauthorized liberty, in New Caledonia, McHale and The Crew are all thrown in jail, for various reasons, during which time, a crooked Frenchman steals the 73 to use for some crooked business. McHale and The Crew must then scheme to get out of jail, find the crook, and get the 73 back, before Binghamton returns from a Staff meeting. Written by David C. Bohn

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The title refers to one leaving a party or other activity without bidding farewell to the host. See more »

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The outside of the bar where the fight takes place specifies that they sell "biére," whereas that should be "bière." See more »

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Writers tried to cram too much into the show.
30 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Binghamton gets the crew of the 73 to take him to a meeting in the port at New Caledonia. At the leisure port, the Captain orders that the crew remain on the PT boat which causes ill feelings for the men. When Binghamton leaves, McHale gives the men liberty as long as they are back in a few hours.

It is not long before McHale runs into an old semi-friend, Big Frenchy (George Kennedy). Before long Big Frenchy will steal the PT boat and have the crew of the 73 in jail. With Binghamton due back in less than an hour McHale is going to have to come up with one big plan to get out of this jam.

There is a lot going on in this episode but most does not make much sense. Probably the best part of the story was the relationship between Virgil and a french woman named Fifi. But that was left untapped as the story move along to things that was complicated and unpredictable. It appeared that the time allotment for the show was coming to the end and the writers did not have enough time to wrap-up the show. When the credit rolled there were still things left on the table that needed to be addressed. But it was not to be as the show ended and the hopes for a entertaining episode collapsed.


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