Bilko tries to lose money to Ritzik in a series of gambles that backfire.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Gosfield ...
Cpl. Steve Henshaw (as Allen Melvin)
Walter Cartier ...
Cpl. Sam Fender (as Herby Faye)
Bernard Fein ...
Pvt. Gomez (as Bernie Fein)
Karl Lukas ...
Jack Healy ...
Maurice Brenner ...
P. Jay Sidney ...
Pvt. Palmer (as P.J. Sidney) (credit only)


Bilko hears that Rupert Ritzik is leaving the army and attempts to lose $400.00 to him to help set him up in civilian life. Ritzik takes a series of bets with Bilko but Rupert's bad luck means that no matter what the bet Bilko always wins - until that is Bilko bets him that his name is not Rupert Ritzik! Written by Stephen Farnsworth

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Comedy | Family




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13 November 1956 (USA)  »

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In this episode, MSGT Rupert Ritzik played by Joe E Ross and his wife MRS. Ritzik played Beatrice Pons, would later team up some six years later as husband and wife in the sitcom CAR 54 See more »


Mrs. Emma Ritzik: [to Rupert] If Bilko says you were born in Singapore, you were born in Singapore.
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Ernie Shows His Big Heart
8 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Rupbert Ritzik; he can't win. No matter what the situation, if Sgt. Bilko makes a bet with the mess sergeant the poor slob loses.

Ritzik's time in the army is up and he's leaving, mainly because his wife Emma (Beatrice Pons) told him so. She's sick of Bilko taking every penny from her husband in one form of gambling or another. They are going to open up a diner in Peoria for $400.

A going-away party is going to take place but Bilko is not invited. That hurts Ernie's feelings. He knows $400 isn't going to be enough for the couple to start their business venture so he good-heartedly auctions off his worldly goods to get Ritzik another $400 to help him out. Ritzig won't take the money, thinking there's a catch to it.

The rest of the show is Bilko trying desperately to lose a bet to Ritzik, so the latter will get the money but guessed it....can't win nobody how sure the bet looks.

However, without giving anything away, there's a nice ending where Bilko really shows what a good heart he has underneath his facade.

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