The Flying Nun

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 26

    No Tears For Mrs. Thomas

    Aired 4/3/70

  • S 3 : Ep 25

    Operation Population

    Aired 3/27/70

  • S 3 : Ep 24

    When Generations Gap

    Aired 3/20/70

  • S 3 : Ep 23

    A Gift for El Charro

    Aired 3/13/70

  • S 3 : Ep 22

    The Candid Commercial

    Aired 3/6/70

  • Cast & Crew
  • Sally Field

    Sister Bertrille

  • Marge Redmond

    Sister Jacqueline

  • Madeleine Sherwood

    Reverend Mother Placido

  • Alejandro Rey

    Carlos Ramirez

  • Shelley Morrison

    Sister Sixto

  • show Description
  • The Flying Nun was a one of the many fantasy sitcoms on the 1960s. It was about Elsie Enthrington, a surfer girl, who became a nun. Now named Sister Bertrille, the young novice discovered that she had the ability to fly. She only weighed 90 pounds and when the wind was right she could put on her cornette and fly.In 1967, she arrived at the Convent San Tanco in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Reverand Mother who ran the place was a strict conservative who usually had to put up with Bertrille's mishaps. Sister Jaqueline, a wise nun with a sense of humor became Sister Bertrille's friend (Sister Jaqueline also narrated the show). The sister was also friends with Sister Sixto, a Puerto Rican nun who was struggling with her English language, and Sister Ana, another younger nun.She had a special relationship with Carlos Ramirez, a playboy who owned the Carlos-A-Go Go discoteque. Carlos was usually disturbed by Sister Bertrille right in the middle of hot dates, and because of this he dreaded her visits. Deep down, though, Carlos was a great friend to the airborne novice.For three years, The Flying Nun was a favorite among kids and adults, and was praised by actual Catholic nuns for its portrayal of convent life. While it is rarely shown on cable, it was recently seen in a regular timeslot on TVLand.Broadcast Information 1967 to 1969---ABC---Thursdays 8:00pm ET 1969 to 1970---ABC---Wednesdays 7:30pm ETFor its first two seasons, The Flying Nun was seen on ABC's "It's Your Move" lineup along with Bewitched and That Girl.moreless

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  • Quotes (3)

    • (Sister Bertrille roller skates away) Bishop Dillion: Does she always use that method of transportation? Reverend Mother: I wish she did.

    • Sister Jaqueline: Shouldn't you tell Irving that visiting hours are over at 7?

    • During their time stranded on the island Sister Bertrille tries to councel Carlos about his playboy ways. Sister Bertrille: Carlos, there's a saying: "The truth bugs." Carlos: (Correcting her) The truth hurts. Sister Bertrille: (Triumphant) I'll bet it does!

    Notes (16)

    • Vito Scotti played the role of Captain Domenic Lopez in this pilot episode but for the rest of the series he played Captain Fomento.

    • The first episode has a different opening sequence than the rest of the series. It comes after an introduction instead of coming at the very beginning, the music is a little slower and less lively, and it shows Sister Bertrille, Sister Sixto and Sister Jaqueline walking to the convent instead of showing Sister Bertrille flying.

    • The first episode is actually an hour long instead of the typical half-hour.

    • The series, and particularly this two-part episode, was based on the book The Fifteenth Pelican by Tere RĂ­os.

    • The theme song lyrics are sung at the end of the episode while scenes of Bertrille flying are seen. They are: You don't need wings to fly Tiptoe through the sky As long as you got heaven by You don't need wings to fly

    • Jean-Michel Michenaud was credited as Gerald Michenaud.

    • In this episode, we find out that Sister Bertrille comes from a family of doctors and that she is the only one not to take up the "family business".

    • Sister Bertrille's home movie is actually clips from the tv series, Gidget.

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    Trivia (9)

    • The song the band is playing at Carlos's discotheque is an instrumental version of the Monkees song "Your Auntie Grizelda."

    • Carlos keeps quoting a poet about little capers can grow . . . The quote that Carlos is really saying translates to "My aunt's pen is in the house." This is brought forward by Al at the end when he says reacts to Carlos' quote with a reference to "the pen of my aunt".

    • Running suitcase gag? This episode seemed to edit out at least one gag that ran through the episode. 1) Brother Paul offers to carry Mother Placido's suitcase to the car. She drives away & it's still in his hand -- yet the editing ends the scene without noting this. 2) Brother Paul is going to leave and Sister Bertrille talks him out of it, he leaves his suitcase as he walks away and she has to point it out to him. 3) In Brother Paul's final scene, he walks into Mother Placido's office with his suitcase and then leaves without it. Again, it isn't pointed out, but Sister Bertrille trips over it and falls into the table. You can see the suitcase on the floor.

    • In the pool scene, it's the first and only time we see Sister Bertrille and Sister Jacqueline not wearing their nun outfits.

    • In this episode we learn that Sister Bertrille got her inspiration to become a nun from her aunt who was a missionary.

    • Captain Fomento trips on a skateboard. Up close it is yellow, but from a distance it is red.

    • We learn that the Reverend Mother's first name is Lydia.

    • While playing Monopoly, Sr. Bertrille jokes when she receives a Get Out of Jail Free card.

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  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • Inside story on the Flying Nun.

    By BucksDaughter, Mar 05, 2009

  • A great example of Christian chaity

    By revbucky, Jul 03, 2008

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