Tour of Duty: Season 1, Episode 3

Dislocations (8 Oct. 1987)

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Bravo Company are tasked with moving the inhabitants of a village to a safer location. When all does not go according to plan they get some unexpected help.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Caffrey ...
Joshua D. Maurer ...
Pvt. Roger Horn (as Joshua Maurer)
Steve Akahoshi ...
Stan Foster ...
SP4 Marvin Johnson
Pvt. Alberto Ruiz (as Ramon Franco)
Pvt. Marcus Taylor (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
Major Rigby
April Tran ...
Ngoc Thi Le ...
Mama San
Oanh Thi Nguyen ...
Mrs. Dep


Bravo Company are tasked with moving the inhabitants of a village to a safer location. When all does not go according to plan they get some unexpected help.

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8 October 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Stephen Caffrey and Tia Carrere actually dated during the filming of this episode. See more »


At the beginning of the episode, two NVA soldiers on the path are shot by Pvt. Ruiz, the machine gunner. About 15 seconds later, the second NVA soldier is shown shot again. See more »

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Goldman is faced with a tough decision concerning the lives of his men, and the lives of the people they are meant to be protecting. Also, another bad day out for Ruiz
1 July 2011 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

After tackling the tunnels in the last episode, Goldman's platoon are assigned the task of moving villagers from a village suspected to be a target by the NVA to a more secure village in a friendly area a couple of miles away. The Army won't waste their choppers on transporting the indigenous people, so Captain Wallace orders Lt. Goldman that he has to go to the village, round the people up and take them out, and then destroy the village so that it can't be used by the NVA for intimidation purposes and to launch attacks from. When they reach the village, the platoon is ambushed, but they receive some unexpected help from a local farmer who picks up his M1 Garand and takes out some of the NVA soldiers. Johnson nearly shoots him, thinking him to be VC. Afterwards, the farmer proves difficult to move, but Wallace tells him that he is going, even if he has to "get some of the guys there to tie you to a pole". It's a long and dangerous road ahead in transporting the villagers, as many of them are old. Goldman begins to fall for one of the women, and when they get attacked in the jungle, Goldman faces a tough decision - does he obey orders and abandon the people, or does he risks his men's lives to protect the people they are meant to be fighting for?

It's another bad day out for Pvt. Ruiz. After a traumatic experience in the last episode where he killed an American soldier in a terrible case of friendly fire, he also had to watch helplessly as the man he went down into the tunnels with was butchered with a sharpened pole. In "Dislocations", Ruiz takes a liking to an old lady who he talks to and helps along the way by carrying her luggage. She saves his life later on, and is killed as a result, leaving Ruiz devastated.

"Dislocations" is a somewhat disappointing follow-up to "Notes from the Underground". The part where the old Vietnamese woman saves Ruiz's life by over-powering the NVA soldier going to stab him was pretty ridiculous. Yes, they are strong people the Vietnamese, especially the women, from all the hard labour they'd be used to all their lives. But I found it hard to take that an old lady who is pretty much dying from exhaustion by the end of this was able to over-power a young, strong NVA soldier. Goldman's attraction - and subsequent heartbreak - to the young Vietnamese woman was just a scary look at what the series would eventually turn into by season 2, when it would almost go down hill as more female characters were introduced just to have some romance in the series - which was not needed. Overall, it's a pretty good episode, but a long mile off one of the better ones.

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