McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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An Ensign for McHale 

Ensign Charles Parker - Newly assigned to the 73 Crew, as Executive Officer - Is Binghamton's last hope to tame McHale and his 'pirates'. Though Parker is unwelcome, at first, McHale sees ... See full summary »


Edward Montagne (as Edward J. Montagne)


Gene L. Coon


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Episode complete credited cast:
Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
Joe Flynn ... Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
Tim Conway ... Ensign Charles Parker
Carl Ballantine ... Lester Gruber
Gary Vinson ... George Christopher
Billy Sands ... 'Tinker' Bell
Edson Stroll ... Virgil Edwards
Gavin MacLeod ... Happy
John Wright John Wright ... Willy Moss
Yoshio Yoda Yoshio Yoda ... Fuji Kobiaji
Andy Romano ... The Marine Sentry
Jo Ann Stoll Jo Ann Stoll ... The Native Girl
Syl Lamont Syl Lamont ... Yeoman Tate


Ensign Charles Parker - Newly assigned to the 73 Crew, as Executive Officer - Is Binghamton's last hope to tame McHale and his 'pirates'. Though Parker is unwelcome, at first, McHale sees potential in the young Officer, and orders his Crew to shape up, so that Parker won't be shipped out. Written by David C. Bohn

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Release Date:

11 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sto-Rev-Co Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Joe Flynn's character is listed as "Captain Wallace B. Binghamton", his character's name in this episode is clearly "R.F. Binghamton", as evidenced by the sign at the entrance to his Quonset hut office. See more »


Throughout the series, Joe Flynn's character was named "Captain Wallace B. Binghamton." In the pilot, the sign on his office identified him as "Captain R. F. Binghamton." See more »

Crazy Credits

In the opening credit music can be heard the telegrapher's laugh, HI HI, in Morse code, sounding like "didididit didit, didididit didit." See more »

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Introduces the crew to the public.
14 October 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

It is always nice to have a starting point for any character in a show and this episode lets us see how Ensign Parker came into the fold and how, even from the beginning, Parker is strange. But thanks to the crew, Parker will slowly become a member of the best PT boat in the Pacific, McHale's Navy.

What has happened is that Binghamton has given newly assigned Parker one week to get McHale and his men into proper navy form or risk being transferred to the worse assignment in the entire Navy. When McHale gets wind of this action he tells his men to help the new Ensign out and for that week be real Navy seamen. With Binghamton's inspection just a few days away, the crew is going to have to reshape the entire island so that Parker will not get the boot.

Even though the story was a beginning point for most viewers, it just was not the most entertaining episode in the lot. The characters are still trying to find their niche and will soon bond as the show produces more and more stories. But for right now, this was a rather innocent story that introduces the crew to the public.

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