Hogan's Heroes

Season 4 Episode 10

No Names Please

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Nov 30, 1968 on CBS

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  • This episode appears to have been written by two different people. The first half has nothing to do with the second half. For a series with usually high writing, this is disjointed and poorly put together.

    "No Names Please" begins with a marvelous premise: a war correspondent is rescued by Hogan's men after the plane he was riding in is shot down in Germany. The correspondent wants to show his gratitude by contacting the Heroes' family, but Hogan says that ANYTHING he tells civilians would jeopardize the true nature of their mission as a sabotage/rescue unit posing as prisoners of war. The correspondent ignores Hogan's orders and publishes an article anyway, telling how he was rescued by an unnamed group of people stationed in a POW camp. Major Hochstetter is sent a copy of the newspaper article from a spy in the U.S. and confronts Hogan with the article. So far, so good.

    The problem is, the second half of the episode, which focuses on Hochstetter planting a Gestapo agent posing as a new guard in Stalag 13, has absolutely NOTHING to do with the first half. In fact, there is no reference at all to ANYTHING that happened in the first half of the show in the second half.

    The last portion centers around an allegedly abandoned tunnel project in an unused barrack that Hogan shows Klink. Hogan agrees to allow Klink to "capture" the men "in the act of trying to escape" in order to make Klink look good in front of Hochstetter. The plan is set for a Wednesday; however, everyone -- for no explained reason whatsoever -- shows up on Tuesday.

    Either half would have made for a good episode if carried to a conclusion based on the initial storyline. As it stands, the episode appears to be fragments of two separate plots joined together without any real connector. For that reason, it is one of the least enjoyable episodes in the six-year run of "Hogan's Heroes."