McHale's Navy: Season 1, Episode 16

The Ensign Gets a Zero (31 Jan. 1963)

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Under the impression that Parker is an Ace Gunner, Binghamton wagers one of his most prized possessions that Parker can out-shoot an arrogant Captain's best gunner.


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Episode complete credited cast:
John Wright ...
Yoshio Yoda ...
Capt. Kittridge (as Donald Barry)
Edward Mallory ...
Ensign Dennison
Patrick Waltz ...
The 1st Sailor
Don Kennedy ...


Under the impression that Parker is an Ace Gunner, Binghamton wagers one of his most prized possessions that Parker can out-shoot an arrogant Captain's best gunner.

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Comedy | War




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The title is referring to the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero, a long range fighter aircraft operated from 1940 to 1945. At the beginning of World War II it was the combatant nations' best carrier based fighter, but new battlefield techniques and planes with more powerful engines surpassed the effectiveness of the Zero. See more »


[last lines]
Ensign Charles Parker: Say, Fuji, you don't have any relatives in the air force, do you?
Fuji Kobiaji: Me? Oh, no.
Ensign Charles Parker: You know, I could have swore that pilot I shot down looked exactly like you.
Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: Oh, well, you know how it is with the Japanese.
Fuji Kobiaji: Yeah. You've seen one of us, you've seen us all.
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An enjoyable episode
20 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode that was actually written by two guys in the cast, Tim Conway and Gary Vinson, we have Ensign Parker doing training as he shoots at a passing target. But the bad thing is that Parker cannot hit a broad side of a barn and in order to have the Ensign pass the training Gruber has to forge a passing score. But Gruber does not just give him a passing score, he gives him the best score on the base.

When rough mouth Captain Kittridge comes onto base he brags about his men on his boat. Binghamton now bets Kittridge a sea clock that Parker can shoot better than his man. It is not going to be pretty.

Actually this story was better written by the cast than some of the professionals that we have seen. The story was interesting and the action was continuous. This was an enjoyable episode that was fun to watch.

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