Twelve O'Clock High

Falling Star

Season 2, Ep 16, Aired 1/3/66
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  • Episode Description
  • On the way back from a mission, a mentor of Joe Gallagher's, Colonel Gus "Pappy" Wexler is flying as an observer. Gallagher asks Fowler to let Wexler fly in the co-pilot seat. They are attacked by ME-109's and Joe is wounded, Pappy takes over calling Gallagher "Bernie". At HQ General Pritchard ask Harvey Stovall's opinion of Wexler. General Britt is away in Washington and if he is not back, Pritchard will be looking for a new Wing Commander. He is thinking of Wexler or Gallagher. Gallagher is on the sick list so Wexler becomes acting Group Commander, and Gallagher the acting Wing Commander. Wexler wants things run by the book. On the next mission, he takes 3 planes and turns too early & aborts. He calls his Bob Fowler, his co-pilot "Bernie", and when Sandy questions him, Wexler orders him to stand down and report to the Flight Surgeon when he is back. Later in the Star & Bottle, the pilots celebrate with Wexler and he makes a good show of it. He arm wrestles Captain Banazek and wins. He has taken a liking to young 2nd Lieutenant Booth and tries to fix him up with a pretty WAC Sergeant Wexler takes Booth to meet Alice, a woman he cares about.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bert Remsen

    Sergeant Nero

  • Lew Gallo

    Major Joseph Cobb (1964-65)

  • Barney Phillips

    Major "Doc" Kaiser

  • Frank Overton

    Major Harvey Stovall

  • Hazel Court

    Liz

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  • Notes (5)

    • Wexler tells Harvey not to call him Pappy any longer, call him Colonel Wexler. Wexler left the Air Corps as a Lieutenant Col, and then came back as a Colonel of a Training Command when the war started. He was partners with Bernie Hale in a flying circus for 4 years.

    • Harvey has known Pappy for 15 years.

    • This is the first time he is listed by anything other than "Gallagher's co-pilot". Gallagher recommends Banazak, Clark, Murphy and Engel as best pilots for the mission.

    • He is played by Robert Dornan and listed in the Credits for the first time as Lieutenant Fowler.

    • Gallagher first calls his co-pilot Bob, then Lieutenant Fowler, the Captain Fowler, so we can assume his name is Bob Fowler.

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