Tour of Duty: Season 1, Episode 9

Battling Baker Brothers (10 Dec. 1987)

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When Baker's twin brother visits Bravo Company on their birthday a misunderstanding drives a wedge between them. Things get complicated when Baker's brothers helicopter is shot down and Baker believes that his brother is still alive.

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Stephen Caffrey ...
Joshua D. Maurer ...
Pvt. Roger Horn (as Joshua Maurer) (credit only)
Steve Akahoshi ...
SP4 Randy 'Doc' Matsuda (credit only)
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Stan Foster ...
SP4 Marvin Johnson (credit only)
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Pvt. Alberto Ruiz (as Ramon Franco)
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Pvt. Marcus Taylor (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
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Karl Bruskotter ...
Karl Baker
Kady Tran ...
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Vincent Thinh Nguyen ...
NVA Commander (as Vincent Thingh Nguyen)
Mai Hoang ...
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Khoi Tran ...
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When Baker's twin brother visits Bravo Company on their birthday a misunderstanding drives a wedge between them. Things get complicated when Baker's brothers helicopter is shot down and Baker believes that his brother is still alive.

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The Deuce-and-a-half that appears in this episode, and more, is named 'Big Zev' after the shows Exec Producer' Zev Braun. See more »

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Skateboards with colored polyurethane wheels, such as Baker's brother brought him as a present, didn't exist until the mid-1980s. See more »

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Double trouble..... too much like a soap opera for my liking
23 December 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

It must have been pretty early on in the series (This was the 9th episode) when Bill L. Norton discovered that Eric Bruskotter had a twin brother, and he then decided to use this to write a story for an episode. The result seemed as if it was just made for the sake of taking advantage of the fact that Bruskotter's brother was also an actor. In "Battling Baker Brothers", Baker's twin brother Karl comes to visit Camp Ladybird on their birthday. They're completely alike in every way, sharing a fondness for surfing and body building, which leads to them fighting in a way to prove their masculinity, all to the amusement of Taylor, Johnson, Purcell and Ruiz. Karl immediately becomes more popular amongst the men, and Baker begins to feel left out... and when Karl organises a truck load of prostitutes to be brought in for the men and they have a secret party, it's the last straw when Karl hits it off with one girl that Baker becomes really fond off. They come to blows, at which point Sgt. Anderson and Lt. Goldman hear the racket and break up the party. As punishment, Goldman the next morning orders the men to fill a thousand sand bags. Karl's leave is over, and his attempts of making up with his brother fail, which sends him off broken and guilty. Things become extremely taunt when Karl's chopper is shot down, and he is captured by the Viet Cong, and Baker refuses Anderson's orders, and runs off on a one man, Rambo-style mission to save his brother. This episode just feels too much of a soap-opera for my liking, and the last half of the episode with Baker jumping off the chopper to find his brother was completely ridiculous. Of course, he somehow manages to find him, and is captured himself, being the idiot that he is, and it's then up to Goldman and the rest of the men to save their hides. A pretty weak episode, seeming to just want to make use of the fact that Eric Bruskotter had a twin brother.

Captain Wallace: "I don't understand why the Army would send two brothers to Vietnam in the first place!"

Lt. Goldman: "Apparently they both wanted to be here, sir." Wallace nods in understanding: "Gung ho, huh?"

Something like that...


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