With his letters home, Gruber has led his girlfriend to believe that he's a Lieutenant Commander, and, when the girl pays a surprise visit to Taratupa, McHale reluctantly agrees to help him... See full summary »

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With his letters home, Gruber has led his girlfriend to believe that he's a Lieutenant Commander, and, when the girl pays a surprise visit to Taratupa, McHale reluctantly agrees to help him save face, by allowing him to act out the part. The charade almost gets them into big trouble, but winds up working out for the good, when it helps foil Binghamton's plan to have McHale assigned to a British Liaison's position. Written by David C. Bohn

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18 September 1964 (USA)  »

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Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: [Gruber is posing as the Commander while McHale is the Ensign for Gruber's girl] Excuse me, Commander. But I was doing this for your own good. I don't want you to miss your mission, Sir. After all, we do want to keep your brilliant record intact.
Lester Gruber: Well, I... I guess you right, Mac. Can't keep those Nips waiting. Good thinking. Put yourself in for an oak leaf cluster.
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The ending of this show was disappointing.
11 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I read the title of this episode, I thought that it was going to be an interesting story as one of the crew posing as the Commander of the PT boat. But, by the end of the show, was disappointed when the story turned into an 'Abbott and Costello' bit leaving so much material on the table.

It started as guessed, Gruber is trying to impress a girl who just happens to arrive on the base with a traveling show. Gruber has told her that he is the Commander of PT 73 and now she is going to have to find the awful truth that he is just one of the crew.

Gruber talks McHale to let him pose as the Commander for just a few minutes to impress his lady. But while this hoax is going on, a British Admiral is visiting the base looking for a liaison between the American and British forces. Binghamton has recommended McHale in order to get him transferred. Now the British Admiral thinks Gruber is McHale and sets out on a mission with the 73 boat with Gruber in command.

The show played out as planned during most of the session until we get to the climax of the tale and then, for some reason, falls apart. The ruse had official been detected but instead of finishing in a clever manner the show ended in something like a guessing game. By the final camera shots, we again have Binghamton floundering about in the water to close the show. A clever concept that was disappointing.


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