This is the 11th 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 is the second of a three episode story. In the previous episode, the ship, the, "U.S.S. Reluctant" has been disabled due to an explosion in the engine room. Their radio is also out due to the crew shooting up the radio gear while shooting at a Japanese plane.
The ship is floating in the middle of the Pacific with no way to fix the engine. Water and food are being rationed. Floating up to the ship is a one man lifeboat. In the boat is the pilot, George Takei, of the Japanese aircraft the ship had shot at. Takei is brought on board and placed in the brig.
It seems that Takei is an American educated radio expert. He offers to help them fix the radio transmitter. This he does and soon the U.S. Navy arrives to give them a tow. The Admiral in charge though is less than amused when he discovers that the damage to the "Reluctant" was self-inflicted. It looks like a court-martial for Mister Roberts (Roger Smith) and the Captain (Francis X Slattery).
We now need to watch the third episode of the story arc to discover the outcome.
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