McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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A Letter for Fuji 

The 73 Crew's heart-sick Japanese friend, Fuji, must get a letter to his best girl, back home in Japan. But, a secret mission to mail the letter from a Japanese-held island becomes ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
... Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
... Ensign Charles Parker
... Lester Gruber
... George Christopher
... 'Tinker' Bell
... Virgil Edwards
... Happy
John Wright ... Willy Moss
Yoshio Yoda ... Fuji Kobiaji
... Lt. Elroy Carpenter (as Bob Hastings)
... Capt. Martin
Lloyd Kino ... The Japanese Sergeant
... The 1st Japanese Soldier (as John Mamo)
Clifford Kawada ... The 2nd Japanese Soldier


The 73 Crew's heart-sick Japanese friend, Fuji, must get a letter to his best girl, back home in Japan. But, a secret mission to mail the letter from a Japanese-held island becomes complicated, when Fuji's letter gets mixed up in Binghamton's plan to distribute propaganda leaflets to the enemy. Written by David C. Bohn

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9 December 1963 (USA)  »

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Capt. Wallace B. Binghamton: [Grabs leaflet dropped from enemy plane] Let's see that. 'Lay down your arms. You're beaten men. Your families almost forgotten you. The Japanese Army is invincible.' That's lies. All lies! What kind of way is this to fight a war, you litter bug?
Lt. Elroy Carpenter: Yeah, why don't you fight like men, with bombs and bullets?
Capt. Wallace B. Binghamton: Oh shut up. Don't you know when you're well off? 'Bombs and bullets'!
Lester Gruber: [Over on McHale's Island where leaflets are raining down] I can't stand it! I can't stand it, I tell you!
George 'Christy' Christopher: Take it easy, ...
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Fuji is feeling homesick
30 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Fuji is down in the dumps when everyone is getting letters from back home and he is left with a letter from his girl that was mailed when he was still in the Imperial Army. The crew realizes that Fuji needs to get a letter back to the girl that he loves. So they will let Fuji write a letter and they will try to mail it from a Japanese held island.

Fuji writes an emotional love letter which Binghamton finds while visiting McHale's island. McHale tells Binghamton that the letter, written in Japanese, is really Allied propaganda trying to get the enemy to surrender. McHale even makes up some lines while he is pretending to read the letter to Binghamton.

Binghamton likes the way McHale read the made-up words and now he is all behind McHale taking the leaflets to an enemy island and dropping them off. Only later does Binghamton learn the true words on the paper and he calls for con-fleet intelligence to arrest McHale for treason.

There is nothing wrong with the story and was played very well by the actors. The only thing that was bothersome may have been the way Tim Conway overplayed the part when he is with the Japaneses trying to receive the return letter. It was funny the first three minutes but it felt like the stereotype caricature kept going on way too long. It actually became uncomfortable after so many minutes. Even with that small error the story was good enough to make for a nice watch.

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