McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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The Mothers of PT-73 

A mix-up with a dictating machine brings a big, but poorly-timed Mother's Day surprise for Parker, Gruber, and Tinker.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
George Christopher
'Tinker' Bell
Virgil Edwards
John Wright ...
Willy Moss
Yoshio Yoda ...
Fuji Kobiaji
Lt. Elroy Carpenter (as Bob Hastings)
Capt. Bryce
Carol Veazie ...
Mrs. Parker
Cheerio Meredith ...
Mrs. Bell
Mrs. Gruber


A mix-up with a dictating machine brings a big, but poorly-timed Mother's Day surprise for Parker, Gruber, and Tinker.

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4 April 1963 (USA)  »

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Naomi Stevens, who plays Gruber's mother in this episode, was actually more than four years younger than Carl Ballantine. See more »


When Carpenter answers the phone and is about to give Binghamton the news, on the desk the phone is in front of the water pitcher. When Binghamton sits down the items on the desk have been moved. See more »


Ensign Charles Parker: Mothers Day sure won't seem the same without Mom.
Lester Gruber: Ahh, let's not get maudlin, Mr. Parker. Why, if all those guys show up, think of all the gifts we'll be able to afford. We'll be sending our mothers mink coats, mink aprons, mink mink!
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This was actually a humorous show
22 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

In this enjoyable episode, Binghamton is dictating a letter to his mother for Mother's Day which is just a few days away. Ensign Parker gets hold of the Dictaphone and plays around with the controls and records a tape asking if they can send mothers to the island for Mother's Day. The secretary of the Navy gets a copy of the dictation and thinks it is a good idea. So he will send three mothers of PT 73 to the island for the day and will be a boost to the war effort.

The bad things is that on Mother's Day, McHale and his group were planning a casino night for the entire base. Now with the mother's arriving it is going to throw a wrench into their plans which all the other sailors are anticipating. But with the Under Secretary on this island McHale is going to have to play it safe.

My favorite part of the entire show was when Binghamton wanted to be photographed with all the mothers and even made a point of pushing McHale out of the camera sight so he could take all the glory. At one point McHale was not even standing near but Binghamton still made an attempt to push him before the picture was taken. That was comic gold. This was an entertaining story that was enjoyable to watch.

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