F Troop

Season 1 Episode 28

Too Many Cooks Spoil the Troop

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 29, 1966 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • Continuity: When the men complain about Agarn's cooking, O'Rourke threatens to transfer them to G Troop, "in the heart of Apache territory." However, eight episodes later, in "How to Be F Troop Without Really Trying," Agarn is assigned to train a freshly recruited G Troop.

  • Quotes

    • Agarn: Now, don't bug me, Vanderbilt. This is a balanced meal.
      Vanderbilt: Yes, it is. These biscuits weigh as much as the main course!

    • Wild Eagle: I pay you $24 and a handful of beads.
      O'Rourke: Now wait a minute. You're out of line.
      Wild Eagle: Seem fair to me. You people buy entire island of Manhattan for same price.
      Agarn: Aw, it was a lousy deal, chief. In a hundred years, they won't get a nickel for that place.

    • Wild Eagle: (placing meat order) How about some nice squab? Maybe six.
      Agarn: Half a dozen skinny, little chickens.
      Wild Eagle: Agarn good man, O'Rourke, but have no class.

    • Standup Bull: (doing standup routine) Funny thing happened on the way to Hekawi camp. Ran into buffalo. Turned out to be my mother-in-law! Speaking of my family, take my squaw. Please. But seriously, tribe, about my brother-in-law, him not lazy. Him too light for heavy work and him too heavy for light work. Laugh up, laugh up! These are the stories. What this, audience or war council? I know you're out there, hear you ughing. About my squaw -- she very neat. I get up in dark of night for bowl of water. When I come back, my buffalo skin is made.
      Wild Eagle: Standup Bull, don't signal us. We signal you.

    • Agarn: Sarge, I gotta hand it to you. When it comes to being shifty, sneaky and double-dealing, you're the tops.
      O'Rourke: Ah, thanks, Agarn, but there's always room for improvement.

    • Agarn: Alright, Sarge. What's the big idea? You know I'm a lousy cook. It takes me 30 minutes to boil a 3 minute egg!

  • Notes

    • This episode was directed by Gene Reynolds, who would later adapt M*A*S*H for television. When casting for M*A*S*H, he remembered Jamie Farr from this episode and cast him as a day-player which led to his 11 year stint as Max Klinger.

    • The Major Duncan character would also appear four episodes later in "Lieutenant O'Rourke, Front and Center."

    • Major Duncan is the of two F Troop guest roles for James Gregory, who also played Big Jim Parker in "Carpetbagging, Anyone?"

  • Allusions

    • Character name "Standup Bull" is a combination of "standup comedian" and "Sitting Bull," the renowned chief of the Hunkpapa Sioux. Sitting Bull was instrumental in the Battle of Little Big Horn, where General Custer and the 7th Cavalry were wiped out.

    • The episode title is a pun on the proverb "Too many cooks spoil the broth."