This is the13th episode of the 1965-66 television series based on the 1955 film of the same name. The film starred Henry Fonda, James Cagney, Jack Lemmon, William Powell and Ward Bond. The series stars Roger Smith as Mr. Roberts, Francis X Slattery in the Cagney role, George Ives in the Powell bit and Steve Harmon as Ensign Pulver. Jack Lemmon won an Oscar for his role in the film. The series ran for a total of 30 episodes.
This one starts with Ensign Pulver (Steve Harmon) telling Mister Roberts (Roger Smith) that he has good news for him. Harmon has written his mother who happens to know several bigwigs in Washington. Harmon asked his mother to see if she could help Smith get a transfer off the "Reluctant".
And that very day the Captain, (Francis X Slattery) gets a radio message with a transfer notice. The only problem here is that it is Harmon who gets the order to move on. The last thing Harmon wants is to get into the shooting war. Roberts and the crew devise a plan to make Harmon look indispensable to running the "Reluctant".
The Captain is fooled and sends a message to the War Department cancelling the transfer. He offers Smith instead. Smith of course is pleased as punch with the news. He is not happy for long however. With Harmon actually in charge of cargo loading and unloading, the ship quickly becomes a disaster area. Mister Roberts is forced to stay on while Ensign Pulver is banished back to the laundry room.
A decent episode with a few good laughs supplied.
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