McHale's Navy: Season 2, Episode 18

The Balloon Goes Up (13 Jan. 1964)

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Binghamton is offered a promotion and transfer up to Fleet HQ, but must first reconcile a shortage in the base's equipment inventory. After all is accounted for, except for one item - A ... See full summary »



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Binghamton is offered a promotion and transfer up to Fleet HQ, but must first reconcile a shortage in the base's equipment inventory. After all is accounted for, except for one item - A barrage balloon - McHale and The Crew must race against time, in order to locate it, and bring it in, in time for Binghamton to be shipped out. Written by David C. Bohn

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When Binghamton finds out where his balloon is located from the Admiral, he hangs up the phone and then runs into McHale and lands on the desk knocking his name plate to the ground. At the end of the scene the name plate has magically returned to the desk. See more »


Urulu: [the Chief has just been tricked by a Japanese Soldier in a trade] That sneaky oriental, him worse than Gruber.
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An entertaining and funny show.
1 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a pleasantly surprising episode as it starts off with Binghamton being transferred which has everyone on the base in a giddy mood. But the one thing that has to be completed before the transfer is the base inventory. By the time the inventory is completed, the transfer may not take place. It seems that many valuable things are missing from the inventory list. Binghamton suspects only one group of people, and that would be McHale's crew.

With the inventory list standing in the way of Captain's transfer, McHale agrees to help Binghamton get back all the stolen items. McHale goes to Gruber which claims that most of the stuff was traded to Chief Urulu. So McHale pleads with the Chief to return the items so that lead-bottom can be transferred. For a price the Chief agrees to return the items but he forgot to tell McHale that one large item, a barrage balloon, was traded to the Japanese. Now McHale is going to have to deal with the enemy in order to get the Captain gone from the base.

This was a very clever script that was well done by the actors. Jacques Aubuchon does a nice job as Urulu that makes the entire episode humorous. One cannot help but laugh when Urulu is tricked by the Japanese soldier and unsheathes a sword only to find the blade part missing and the Chief is left just holding a handle. That entire scene was very well written. When an episode makes a viewer laugh then it has accomplished the job intended. This episode did its job.

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