McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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McHale's Floating Laundromat 

In an effort to gather evidence of any shady activities, Binghamton appoints Carpenter as the 73's new Executive Officer, and makes Parker the base's Laundry Officer. After Parker fouls up,... See full summary »

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In an effort to gather evidence of any shady activities, Binghamton appoints Carpenter as the 73's new Executive Officer, and makes Parker the base's Laundry Officer. After Parker fouls up, McHale and the guys try to help him out, but Carpenter catches them in the act, forcing McHale to come up with a plan to get out of the situation, and get Parker his job back. Written by David C. Bohn

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2 February 1965 (USA)  »

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Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: Hi, Captain. Is there anything I can do for you, Sir?
Captain Wallace B. Binghamton: Yes. You could join the Army!
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It's becoming 'Just how incompetent can the writers make Parker'.
14 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Captain Binghamton wants to plant a spy onto McHale's island so that he can watch every move the sailors make. And by getting the information can transfer, or even better place them in prison, so he will not have to deal with them anymore. What Binghamton does is remove Parker from executive officer of the 73 and replaces him with Lt. Carpenter. Now Binghamton has eyes on the ground.

But as you might can guess, Parker is a problem no matter where he is located. From maintenance officer to laundry officer, the poor man cannot do anything without screwing it up. And with Carpenter over with McHale, the crew is walking on egg-shells as to not give any of their secrets away.

It all comes to a head when Binghamton brings Admiral Rafferty over to McHale's island to prove that McHale is working for the enemy. But what he does not know is that McHale and his crew will put on a performance that will hopefully keep their bumbling Ensign Parker from being transferred.

The recurring theme in nearly all the latest episodes seems to be just how incompetent the writers can make the Parker character. We all know that this theme is part of the series lore but at times it may be better to at least show that Parker is efficient as some task. There is a lot of old material in this episode with the interchange between Parker and Binghamton repeated until it becomes aged. The script just seemed rehashed making for a less than desirable watch.


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