Black Sheep Squadron

NBC (ended 1978)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 13

    A Little Bit of England

    Aired 4/6/78

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    Sheep in the Limelight

    Aired 3/30/78

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    The Show Must Go On... Sometimes

    Aired 3/22/78

  • S 2 : Ep 10


    Aired 3/15/78

  • S 2 : Ep 9

    The Iceman

    Aired 3/8/78

  • Cast & Crew
  • Simon Oakland

    Gen. Thomas Moore

  • James Whitmore Jr.

    Capt. James "Jim" W. Gutterman

  • John Larroquette

    2nd Lt. Robert "Bob" Anderson

  • Robert Conrad

    Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington

  • Katherine Cannon

    Captain Dottie Dixon

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  • show Description
  • Loosely based on the memoirs of Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington who led one of the most famous Marine Corps fighter squadrons of World War 2: Fighting Squadron 214, nicknamed the "Black Sheep" squadron. Based in the South Pacific, the rag-tag Corsair flying misfits is led by "Pappy" Boyington. The opening credits read: In World War II Marine Corps Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington commanded a squadron of fighter pilots. They were a collection of misfits and screwballs who became the terrors of the South Pacific. They were known as the Black Sheep Squadron.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • French tells Casey to go get the beer. Casey gets in the jeep and says in a mocking voice "Casey, get this. Casey, get that" which comes up later in the episode "Love and War".

    • Boyington: You know all that talk back there about you being a coward? Hooper: Clearing his throat I wonder if we could forget about that. Maybe? There's no use for something like that getting around, is there? Boyington: What's wrong with being a coward? It's guy who are afraid of being a coward that turn out to be heroes. They think they have something to prove. I'll tell ya. Guys like that make this war very dangerous. Hooper: Ha.

    • Boyington and Hooper are standing on the Japanese airplane, which is floating in the ocean. They are looking into the sky, while Boyington points into the sky. Boyington: That's my unit up there. Hooper: Ha! Small war, isn't it?

    • Capt. Gutterman: All right, only got one thing to say to you guys. Any man doesn't follow orders in the air, I'll flame him personally and that is a promise. I want every member of this squadron to come back with a kill or not come back at all.

    • Turning over the table where Capt. Gutterman has feet up, while asleep General Moore: I said on your feet! You are the sorriest bunch of jerks I've ever seen in the Marine Corps. How Boyington every made a squadron out of you I'll never know.

    • Boyington: How far is the air strip from here? Hooper: Oh, mile and an half. Boyington: Last night you carried me a mile and an half through this jungle? Hooper: chuckles Didn't have much choice, did I? You're not that big of a bundle, mate.

    • Gutterman: Pappy isn't around to keep those rear area commanders off our backs. Now that he's gone, well, old Lard is going to chew us like a piece of fried chicken.

    • Pappy: You guys will have to wait until tomorrow morning to get your revenge.

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    Notes (17)

    • The Black Sheep's airstrip was located at Indian Dunes Airport in Valencia, CA in the middle of the Indian Dunes Motocross Park.

    • Boyle in the pilot episodes of Flying Misfits Part 1 and Part 2 is not played Larry Manetti who is generally credited with the role.

    • Credit for the television story and teleplay are given to Stephen J. Cannell. Listed after this is: Inspired by the book by: Gregory "Pappy" Boyington.

    • When Pappy returns to squadron he sees Meatball. Meatball however runs past Pappy despite being called repeatedly. Pappy says "he didn't even miss me at all." Only problem with this is that Meatball is definitely a female.

    • Lt. Deke Stubbins (Richard Rasof) dies in this episode.

    • Lt. Doug Rafferty (Donald Petrie) also dies in this episode.

    • Robert Ginty's (TJ's) favorite episode.

    • The real "Pappy", Maj. Gregory Boyington makes a guest cameo appearance in this episode.

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    Trivia (58)

    • The real Black Sheep Squadron flew their first mission on September 14th, 1943 to Ballale. They were escorting Dauntless dive bombers.

    • When Pappy is looking through the files of pilots to be court-martialed, he opens one with the name James F. Gutterman. But when Casey calls roll outside the Officer's Club, he calls for "Gutterman, James W.". I believe that I have seen the "W" given as his middle initial in other I guess officially its "W" but there's a typo in his file.

    • When the Marines enter the "Duck", Boyington asks French if he can fly it and he jokes that he found the owner's manual (implying he will figure it out). French, played by Jeff McKay, would later co-star in another Canell series, "Tales Of the Gold Monkey" (a "Raiders Of The Lost Ark" rip-off), in which he would fly a "Duck".

    • Goof: The Universal Newsreel copyright at the episode's beginning is 1939 (MCMXXXIX). This date is incorrect based upon the time frame of the series. It should be 1943 as VMF-214 flew under the command of Major Boyington from August 1943 to January 1944.

    • During the poker scene where the majors are trying to win back various airplane parts, they are surrounded by their men and also a lot of boxes marked "BEER". After playing for a long time there is a scene outside where Casey is sitting on a jeep worrying about the game. French comes out of the Pen and they discuss which major is the better player. Finally French tells Larry to quit worrying and go get the beer. So Larry gets behind the wheel and starts up the jeep and drives off. What about all the beer that was already in the Pen?

    • Goof: The Universal Newsreel copyright at the episode's beginning is 1939 (MCMXXXIX). This date is incorrect based upon the time frame of the series. VMF-214 under Major Boyington started flying in 1943.

    • TJ becomes a Japanese ace when he shots Pappy down not once, but twice.

    • Who needs a mae west (inflatable vest) when your darned plane FLOATS like a raft?!? Pappy and Hooper hop out of their floating Japanese plane, nonchalantly stand on the wing root, and point and wave at the Black Sheep flying overhead.

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    Allusions (3)

    • Jim Gutterman: "Roosevelt surrendered?"
      Greg approaches Jim and says "Do you want to hear some good news?" To which Gutterman replies "Roosevelt surrendered?". Turns out that the good news is that the squadron is getting some R&R. But this may be the only reference in this show to the President of the United States at the time of WWII.

    • Sister Dominique: I am not French, I am Swiss.
      While Pappy is trying to convince Sister Dominique to help him he says "We're on the same side" meaning that the French and US were allies.

    • Bobby Boyle: "Your peeper, your blinkers."
      Slang from the era is used. When Elizabeth claims that she's alright as long as she doesn't move her eyes, Boyle says to her. "You say your peepers hurt?" She replies "Peepers?" And he says "Yeah, you know you peepers, your blinkers, your eyes".

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Read the books...

    By AUSTanker, Mar 14, 2013

  • The story of Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Gregory "Pappy" Boyington sanitized for weekly television.

    By tmkreutzer, Mar 01, 2007

  • This was a pretty good television series about a group of fighter pilots.

    By vicmackey31, Apr 21, 2006

  • Well-Remembered Action-Packed Fun!

    By revbucky, Jul 02, 2008

  • Black Sheep Squadron, was fomerly known as Baa Baa Black Sheep!

    By koberfan, Jun 01, 2007

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