Black Sheep Squadron

Season 2 Episode 5

Operation Stand-Down

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Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Jan 11, 1978 on NBC
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Operation Stand-Down
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The Black Sheep are pulled out of action and given a series of tests to reevaluate their physical fitness, combat tactics and flight proficiency.

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    Joey Aresco

    Joey Aresco

    John David "Hutch" Hutchinson

    James Whitmore Jr.

    James Whitmore Jr.

    Capt. James "Jim" W. Gutterman

    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

    Byron Chung

    Byron Chung

    Capt. Tomio Harachi

    Guest Star

    John Durren

    John Durren

    Sgt. Dutch Savage

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    Michael Durrell

    Michael Durrell

    Major Pearson

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • When Casey is taking the physical fitness test, Sergeant Savage refers to him as Lt. Casey. When Casey is taking his written test, he's written his name at the top of the test "Lt. Larry Casey." At the end of the episode when Casey contacts San Francisco on the radio, he's clearly wearing captain's bars on his left collar.

      • Goof: Two date goofs.

        In the pigs pen, the calendar board shows the year as 1943, which is consistent with when VMF 214 existed (8/43 to 1/44).

        1) The USMC Aerial Evaluation form has a date of 5/10/42. This is not consistent with the previously seen calendar board.

        2) The squadron throws a surprise birthday party for Major Boyington at the end of the episode. Boyington's birthday is not in May, it is in December (12/4/1912).

      • 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.

      • During the initial AERIAL evaluation, the instructor is writing on a score sheet. Handwritten entries at the top of the sheet include the squadron (VMF-214) and the date. The date is written in as May 10, 1943. The Black Sheep were formed in AUGUST of 1943 and didn't fly their first combat mission until SEPTEMBER 14th.

      • The nurses that are seen rubbing elbows with the guests on Vella La Cava (and are credited at the end of the show as Nurse #1, Nurse #2 and Nurse #3) show up in the next episode as full fledged co-stars....Denise DuBarry as Nurse Samantha Greene and various 'actresses' as Pappy's Lambs.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Appraiser: Sergeant, as an aeronautical engineer I can tell you, theoretically, these Corsairs can't fly.
        Micklin: Neither can a bumblebee, college boy. Now, you get me regulation carburetors, parts, and plugs and I'll use 'em. 'Til then, don't tell me how to keep my birds flyin'!

    • NOTES (1)

      • This is the last episode to feature Robert Ginty as Lt. T.J. Wiley and John Larroquette as Lt. Bob Anderson. Like Capt. Gutterman before them, they vanish without a trace.

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