F Troop

Season 1 Episode 1

Scourge of the West

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Sep 14, 1965 on ABC
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Private Wilton Parmenter gets promoted after leading a charge against the Confederates and receives an assignment as Fort Courage's new commanding officer.

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    Ken Berry

    Ken Berry

    Captain Wilton Parmenter

    Larry Storch

    Larry Storch

    Corporal Randolph Agarn

    Forrest Tucker

    Forrest Tucker

    Sergeant Morgan O'Rourke

    Frank DeKova

    Frank DeKova

    Chief Wild Eagle

    Melody Patterson

    Melody Patterson

    Wrangler Jane Angelica Thrift

    William Conrad

    William Conrad

    Voice, Announcer

    Guest Star

    Alan Hewitt

    Alan Hewitt

    Col. Malcolm

    Guest Star

    Jay Sheffield

    Jay Sheffield

    Lt. Jefferson Hawkes

    Guest Star

    Edward Everett Horton

    Edward Everett Horton

    Medicine Man Roaring Chicken

    Recurring Role

    James Hampton

    James Hampton

    Trooper Hannibal Dobbs

    Recurring Role

    Joe Brooks

    Joe Brooks

    Trooper Vanderbilt

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (5)

      • Goof: In the show, the American flag is a modern day flag with all fifty stars on it. But back then, the flag didn't have fifty stars.

      • The General injures Captain Parmenter by gabbing him with The Medal of Honor while pinning it on him. Therefore, he also received The Purple Heart. The narrator notes that Wilton Palmenter is the only soldier in history to get a medal for getting a medal.

      • O'Rourke wears suspenders in this pilot, like Agarn does throughout the series.

      • Regular characters not yet created in the pilot: Trooper Duffy and Wild Eagle's sidekick, Crazy Cat.

      • Character name: Captain Parmenter's father appears in this episode, identified as General Thor X. Parmenter, keeping in the family tradition of names of gods. However, in episode "How to Be F Troop Without Really Trying," Capt. Parmenter recounts how he was lectured by his father, Horatio Parmenter.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • General: Well, Parmenter, we've got to find an assignment befitting the scourge of Appomattox.
        Wormsbecker: Sir, they've gone through three commanding officers at Fort Courage. Two desertions and a nervous breakdown.
        General: Fort Courage, eh? Ah, good thinking, Wormsbecker. At a frontier post like that, he might be just the inspirational leader they need. Captain Parmenter, as of this moment, you are the commanding officer of F Troop.

      • Wild Eagle: You ever see war dance?
        Roaring Chicken: Oh, I see war dance many moons ago. Many, many, many moons.
        Wild Eagle: You and your moons! When?!
        Roaring Chicken: 42 years ago last August.

      • Agarn: Indians ain't supposed to drink alcohol.
        Wild Eagle: Who says so?
        Agarn: Everybody.
        Wild Eagle: Eh, that just nasty rumor spread by sister-in-law, Sparkling Water. She want big bluenose redskin. "Bluenose redskin." (guffaws heartily) Wild Eagle make funny joke!

      • Capt. Parmenter: How come we have reveille at 10 o'clock? Now, back east when I was in the quartermaster corps, we had reveille at 7.
        O'Rourke: Oh, but the captain is forgetting there's a three hour time difference.
        Capt. Parmenter: Of course.

      • Capt. Parmenter: You know, my father used to say that I had more left feet than any kid in Philadelphia.
        (O'Rourke is stone-faced while Parmenter laughs)
        Capt. Parmenter: Well, for a general, that's pretty funny.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Captain Parmenter receives the Purple Heart for being jabbed with the Medal of Honor. However, the Purple Heart was not officially created until 1932, with persons serving on or after April 5, 1917 being eligible to receive the medal.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Captain Parmenter's relatives were all named after significant figures in various mythologies.
        First cousin - Major Achilles Parmenter, named after the mythic warrior written about in Homer's Iliad.
        Second cousin - Lieutenant Colonel Hercules Parmenter, named after the demi-god, son of Jupiter.
        Uncle - Colonel Jupiter Parmenter, named after the the king of the Roman Olympian gods
        Father - General Thor X. Parmenter, named after the Norse god of thunder

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