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Black Sheep Squadron

Season 2 Episode 13

A Little Bit of England

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Apr 06, 1978 on NBC
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A Little Bit of England
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TV Rated:  TV-PG

Boyle is shot down. A British Coast Watcher helps rescue him.

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  • A great series cut short in its early life.

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    A Little Bit of England is a wonderful episode on several levels. The plot line is exciting, fun, and interesting.



    This episode revolves around an island the Black Sheep call England, because the Son of a British Earl is a coast watcher. Peter Frampton appears as the Son of the Earl. Not only does he fit the part, but he does a hell of good job acting. Ernie Hudson guest stars and does an outstanding job. I really enjoyed his role as the other coast watcher, "King George." After seeing him in this role, I thought he actually was British.



    In some ways, this episode mirrors the end of the real Black Sheep Squadron. In early January 1944 the Japanese shot down Major Boyington. When the combat tour of VMF-214 ended a few days later, the squadron disbanded. Unfortunately Major Boyington didn't reach an island like England, but instead got picked up by a Japanese submarine. I don't know if the writers knew this would be the last episode and wrote it for both Peter Frampton and to be similar to Major Boyington's real life experience.



    A better ending to the series might have been a cliff hanger closer to real life. The Japanese shoot down Major Boyington, a Japanese submarine picks him up, and the squadron starts a plan to spring him. It leaves the viewer to imagine how the squadron's plan to spring him comes off or does Col. Lard disband VMF-214 before they can execute the plan.



    In any case, this is another good Black Sheep Squadron episode. I'm just sorry the series didn't last longer.moreless
Robert Conrad

Robert Conrad

Maj. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington

Simon Oakland

Simon Oakland

Gen. Thomas Moore

Dana Elcar

Dana Elcar

Col. Thomas Lard

W.K. Stratton

W.K. Stratton

Lt. Larwence "Larry" Casey

John Larroquette

John Larroquette

2nd Lt. Robert "Bob" Anderson

Larry Manetti

Larry Manetti

Lt. Robert "Bobby" Boyle

Peter Frampton

Peter Frampton

Peter Buckley

Guest Star

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

King George

Guest Star

Tak Kubota

Tak Kubota

Japanese Officer

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • 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 at least 1942, though, more likely 1943

    • Near the end, when the Japanese are overrunning 'England' Peter says, "We'll go down to the beach and escape in the duck". But he doesn't know that Greg was able to appropriate the duck, as far as anyone on England knows, they will be picked up by submarine later in the day. Then when the four are near the beach Jeb hears the engines of the approaching duck. And when they see it Peter yells "They got the duck!" as if he is surprised to see it.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • This was the last episode of the season two and the last episode of the series.

    • I recall reading somewhere that Peter Frampton was a big fan of the show and he really wanted to appear on it. He did not want to cut his hair, so they created a character he could play that did not require him to get a hair cut.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 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".

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