McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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It's a Mad, Mad, Mad War 

Left alone on the 73, in New Caledonia, while McHale attends a staff meeting, and the Crew are on an unauthorized liberty, Parker receives the order from Binghamton to pick up the base ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Elroy Carpenter (as Bob Hastings)
John Wright ...
Yoshio Yoda ...
Fuji Kobiaji (credit only)
Jeanne Rainer ...
Yvette (as Jeanne Rainier)
Boy On Park Bench
Lee Krikorian ...
The Escort
Sandy Williams ...
The Girl


Left alone on the 73, in New Caledonia, while McHale attends a staff meeting, and the Crew are on an unauthorized liberty, Parker receives the order from Binghamton to pick up the base payroll. After he's robbed of the $62,000, McHale and the guys frantically try to locate the cash, before Binghamton can accuse them of the theft. Written by David C. Bohn

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Comedy | War





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25 September 1964 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the movie It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963). See more »


During the chase through Noumea, Capt. Binghamton (Joe Flynn) falls into a tray of cream pastries, getting the whipped cream all over his face, glasses, and uniform. But shortly thereafter he is back in the chase with no trace of any of the cream (or even a stain on his uniform), though he had no time to change nor to clean up. See more »


References It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963) See more »

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This episode was painful to watch.
11 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching, this is going to be a difficult episode to review. The story could have been so entertaining but the writers inserted so much blundering antics that by the end of the show it became sad to watch. It felt like getting an early Christmas present only to find that the gift box contained underwear. What a disappointment.

The plot began when Binghamton gets a wire saying that the base payroll needs to be picked-up at the payroll unit in New Caledonia. It just so happens that the PT 73 is in New Caledonia for a conference but Binghamton believes that the crew of the 73 would somehow screw up the payroll and refuses for them to get the money. But after re-thinking, he lets them receive the payroll money hoping they mishandle the transaction and he will be rid of them for the rest of the war.

Of course, Ensign Parker gets the call to pick up the payroll. But on the way back to the boat, Parker loses the money and now the entire crew is out looking for the only evidence in the situation which happens to be a birthmark. Binghamton already has word something is amiss and is on his way to New Caledonia to arrest the crew for stealing the payroll. Unless the money turns up, the crew could be facing prison.

This makes the show sound like an interesting offering that could have been a heck of a show- and yes it could have been. But the writers made the character of Ensign Parker so much of a dufus that it was painful to watch. It was not so bad when Parker pulled a gun on a bush, nor was it so bad when heard a noise and ran around until he knocked himself out over a stationary park bench, but when he gave the money back to the crook that he was chasing (did not even recognize the person) it became so painful you just have to turn away. But it did not even end there. There is so much obnoxious behavior that the show was ruined. Tim Conway is an excellent comedic actor but sometime less is more. This time 'more' was utterly ridiculous.

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