Black Sheep Squadron

Season 1 Episode 12

The Cat's Whiskers

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Dec 07, 1976 on NBC
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The Cat's Whiskers
TV Rated: Not Rated (most likely TV-PG or TV-14)

Pappy decides to make an unauthorized attack against a seemingly impregnable Japanese radar station in order to generate good PR, which can be used to avoid his impending court martial.

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  • Baring the editing issues, this episode is a wonderful adventure with the Black Sheep Squadron and well worth watching.

    Cat's Whiskers is a fun, exciting, and typical Black Sheep Squadron episode. Colonel Lard is after Major Boyington and several of the other Black Sheep. He was able to by-pass General Moore and send court martial papers to the Admiral. Boyington decides the only chance he has is to fly a mission that gives him, Lard, and Moore honor.

    While Lard attempts to stop him at every turn on the Allied Command Island, Boyington is able to get the supplies they need and to get off the Island twice. When they need intel on the Japanese island, we see the wonderful way the Black Sheep can con themselves into and out of even a Top Secret filing cabinet.

    Boyington accomplishes restarting the war effort and a high risk to himself and his men. Instead of getting the medal he deserves, he avoids his court martial.

    While there are many editing problems in this episode, you can ignore them by watching the story not analyzing the episode.moreless
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: During the 1st attack with the Japanese, Major Boyington's Plane is labeled "Major Boyington". After returning from the fuel tank test flight, the Plane says "Maj. Boyington"

    • Goof: During the first attack with the Japanese, just after the 1st Japanese plane is shot down, we see that Boyington's name is reversed for a second.

    • Goof: When the Duck takes off under fire, the close up shots show the canopy closed, while the long distance shots show the canopy open.

    • Goof: After testing the external fuel tank idea, Major Boyington begins to land (bringing his wheels down). We again see not the fuel tanks he took off with, but 500 lbs bombs used in the series (fins are visible for a moment).

    • Goof: After Major Boyington takes off with the external fuel tanks, there is a close up of him flying. Throughout this episode there have been fourteen Japanese flags on his plane (two rows of five and a third row of four flags). In this scene, there are two rows of three flags, instead of the two rows of five. He is miss eight Japanese flags in this close up.

    • Goof: The external fuel tanks used later in the episode are on his plane, while he taxi after his (first) trip to see General Moore. These tanks are not on his plane, when he takes off from Espritos Marcos Island (Allied Command Rear Area). They are not on his plane when he lands on Vella La Cava Island (214 Squadron H.Q).

    • 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.

    • Greg keeps telling the guys I only need four of you. Well, you hear the word four but if you watch his lips he is saying five. And once or twice when he says "I only need four of you"....he holds up five fingers and you see his lips say five. I'm sure the script said 5, but it may have been to expensive to shoot new aerial footage and they already had the footage from Anyone for Suicide with 5 planes they made a little post production magic and....voila.

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