McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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The Return of Giuseppe 

After McHale defies Binghamton's orders, and travels to a nearby town, to attend his little cousin's birthday party, Binghamton tries to nail him on a desertion charge. But McHale manages ... See full summary »
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Theresa Maggiore
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Gen. Grayson
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Don Saroyan ...
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After McHale defies Binghamton's orders, and travels to a nearby town, to attend his little cousin's birthday party, Binghamton tries to nail him on a desertion charge. But McHale manages to stay out of trouble, when he and his look-alike Italian Cousin, Giuseppe, assume each other's identities long enough to fool Binghamton and General Grayson. Written by David C. Bohn

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21 December 1965 (USA)  »

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In addition to his usual character, Ernest Borgnine portrays Quinton McHale's non-English speaking Italian cousin, Giuseppe. See more »

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Near the end after they have used the split screen to show Borgnine in the same frame, moments later they show the one posing as McHale on the PT boat waving. They are still using the split screen cause all the action in the right frame stops while the left continues. See more »

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The return is just as nice as the first visit.
21 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Giuseppe, the look-a-like cousin of McHale, makes a quick return for a story that was an entertaining surprise. As stated the first time Bordnine played two characters, I have never been fond of such action but believe that the language barrier is what makes this episode enjoyable.

It begins when Binghamton sees McHale off base visiting a house (Giuseppe's) in a nearby town. He hangs out to see exactly what McHale is doing when Giuseppe exits the house with kisses for his wife and hugs for his two children. Binghamton thinks that McHale is living a double life and plans are made to set McHale up on even more charges.

Binghamton sends the PT 73 out on a mission. Thinking that McHale will visit his family, he sets up a small sting operation to get McHale- all with the General in tow. But when Binghamton comes to arrest McHale, what McHale does is pose as Giuseppe. Now there is only one way to find out if McHale really has a cousin, that is arrest Giuseppe and wait to see if McHale arrives back with the 73. Binghamton and the General are on the dock when the boat arrives.

The previous story of McHale's cousin played out well. Now that the production staff is doing it again, so quickly, makes a person think that they are going to well far too many times. But again it was a pleasant surprise. The story was interesting and the acting top-notch. One can only guess that it was Borgnine ability to bring to life any character that he played. Even if he played two character in one show. This was again, a entertaining episode.


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