When a Japanese radio announcer broadcasts details about Captain Binghamton that only someone close to him would know, Binghamton immediately suspects McHale and The 73 Crew, and enlists Parker's aid in nailing the traitor.
McHale and the 73 crew return from a mission, to find that a young Asian orphan girl has taken up residence on their island. They decide to keep her on the island, and go all out to make a happy home for her, and to keep her a secret from Binghamton. But Binghamton becomes suspicious, when he observes the crew's unusual behavior.moreless
Binghamton gets hold of some sodium pentothal, and administers it to The 73 Crew, making them ‘rat’ on themselves. But the tables are turned, when McHale and Parker give Binghamton a dose of his own medicine.
Binghamton schemes to get McHale chosen for a Liaison Officer's position, in Sydney, Austrailia. But, when McHale finds out that he will be going alone, and for the duration, he and his crew cook up a plan to get him off the hook.
Christy’s Wife has arranged for Christy to hear his little Daughter’s first words, via ham radio, and complications arise, when McHale and The Boys try to catch the broadcast on a Japanese radio, captured during a raid.
A Naval Personnel Officer is coming to check out McHale for a stateside training position. Binghamton leads McHale and his crew to believe that the Officer is coming to check out Binghamton for a promotion, and transfer, so they shape up, so that Leadbottom will ship out. But, when McHale finds out the real reason for the Officer's visit, he and his crew cook up a plan, to get him off the hook.moreless
McHale and The Crew are in hot water again, this time, over the mis-use of the 73. But Binghamton drops the charges, when he gets into a bit of hot water, himself, and needs help from McHale and the boys.
Parker is feeling somewhat depressed, after getting scared during a chase after a Japanese patrol boat, especially after Binghamton accuses him of cowardice. But Binghamton changes his mind, when Parker – During a test run, on the 73 – Spots a German U-Boat, and goes after it.
During a search for some stolen goods, while McHale and the 73 Crew are out on a recon mission, Binghamton catches Fuji, and holds him as a spy. McHale and the boys then cook up a complicated plan to spring him.
Eager to have a well-known War Correspondent do a story on him, Binghamton makes Parker – Who is the Correspondent's childhood friend – The Base PR Officer. But Parker's ideas for good press turn out to be not so good.
The Navy has issued a directive stating that all overweight Combat Officers will be shipped out, and, when Binghamton goes all out to see that McHale goes over the weight limit, the boys cook up a plan to keep him with them.
Binghamton must quickly lose his 'desk jockey' image, and become a fearless fighting man, in order to try to impress a Washington Political Boss, who has a reputation for turning war heroes into politicians.
A pesky Japanese Pilot – Whom the base personnel have dubbed ‘Washing Machine Charlie' – Is wreaking havoc, with his daily strafing runs on Taratupa, and McHale and the 73 Crew have an incentive to bring him down.
Binghamton sends McHale and The 73 Crew on a recon mission to a supposedly deserted island, where they make a ‘Home away from home' to enjoy themselves, away from the base. But, the U.S. Navy, as well as the Japanese, become suspicious, when they observe unusual activity on the island.
The Jerry Colonna Show is touring Military bases in the South Pacific, but Special Services rules state that a show cannot stop at a base with a hospital of less than 50 beds. Since the Taratupa Hospital has only 28 beds, McHale and the boys must start an ‘epidemic’, so that they’ll qualify.moreless
The boys need to get to New Caledonia, but Binghamton denies leave. He changes his mind, however, when he finds that Movie Star Rita Howard – On a brief layover at New Caledonia, and, of whom Admiral Rogers is a big fan – Has a ‘cousin' on Taratupa.
While trying to prevent McHale and the 73 Crew from putting on a show for the Taratupa personnel, Binghamton winds up in trouble along with McHale and the boys, and has to put on a show, himself, to help get them out of it.
Binghamton has the goods on the 73 Crew, in the form of taped confessions, detailing many of their shady activities, so, McHale comes up with a complicated plan, to get hold of the evidence, before the arrival of the Judge Advocate General.
Away from the base against orders, and trapped behind enemy lines, McHale, Parker, Gruber, and Tinker pose as an Italian family, to evade a German patrol, which, in turn, captures Binghamton and Carpenter, while on their way back to the base, after stealing a bathtub.
An Admiral from Naval Operations – Who just happens to be a ranking member of the Promotions Board – Is stopping in, briefly, at Taratupa, and Captain Binghamton dreams of Admiral's stars, especially when he learns that the Admiral has a very close relative stationed on Taratupa.
When Parker is challenged to a duel, by an Italian Count, McHale and the guys try to get him out of the situation, while Binghamton tries to nail both Parker and McHale for participating in an illegal activity.
Lester Gruber has been given the job of laundering Captain Binghamton's uniforms. When a Japanese sub fires on the PT 73, the uniforms are destroyed, and Lester's finger is scratched, prompting him to put in for a Purple Heart.
Ensign Charles Parker reports for duty as the new Executive Officer of the PT 73, to a not-so-warm welcome from McHale and The Crew. But McHale is soon impressed by the Ensign, and persuades the boys to shape up, so that Parker can stay on as XO.
Lovely Yvette Gerard has invited Parker to join her for a weekend at her island home. When Binghamton denies him leave, McHale works up a plan for Parker to have a ‘working vacation' on the island, which winds up with an unexpected bonus.
As part of a scheme to break up the 73 Crew, Binghamton leads Parker and The Crew to think that McHale has been re-assigned. But, when Parker and the guys find out that they've been duped, they must quickly come up with a plan to keep their Crew together.
Urulu – Inspired by a gangster movie he’s recently seen – Refuses to sign the treaty allowing The Navy to use the island that McHale and his Crew call home. So, McHale and The Boys play their own gangster game, and, with the help of Binghamton, Carpenter, and even Admiral Rogers, try to get Urulu to change his mind.moreless
The 73 gets a new crew member, who turns out to be a trouble-maker. McHale and the 73 crew cook up a wild plan to get rid of him, but, when their plan backfires, they find themselves in hot water again. So, they turn to their new Crewman, and use his special physical qualities to their advantage.moreless
A Combat Photographer comes to Taratupa, to film a P.T. crew in action. But trouble erupts, when Gruber swipes the Photographer's movie camera, for a little private enterprise. McHale and the 73 crew then have to scheme, to cover their own behinds, as well as the Photographer's.
During the town's anniversary festival, Binghamton schemes to have an Army Psychiatrist declare the 73 Crew unfit for duty. But, the town's new 'King Of The Festival' comes up with his own scheme, to keep his Crew together.
Binghamton and McHale have been sent to negotiate the oil rights to the oil-rich island nation of Durani. But The Shah of Durani refuses to sign the agreement without an Admiral present. Admiral Rogers is not available, So, much to Binghamton's dismay, Parker – As a reward for rescuing The Shah's Daughter from an attempted mugging – Is temporarily promoted to Admiral, until the treaty has been signed.moreless
Some local natives – Who depend on McHale and his men for their income – Are up in arms over Binghamton's having made their village off-limits to McHale and his Crew. But Binghamton must re-establish good relations with them, for the upcoming inspection tour of The Undersecretary Of The Navy.
While out on maneuvers with McHale and the 73 Crew, Binghamton discovers what he thinks is The Fountain Of Youth. But McHale and the boys know what really causes that youthful feeling, in one who drinks from it, and must scheme to keep it a secret.
When McHale and his men are assigned the duty of averting a Japanese attack on a US convoy, they use the soundtracks of movies starring John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, and Errol Flynn to confuse the enemy.
McHale tries to figure out a way for Christy and his true love, Lt. Gloria Winters, to get married, even though it is against regulations for an officer to marry an enlisted man. But the lovebirds have even more problems: Binghamton schedules maneuvers on the evening of the wedding, and the Japanese schedule an all-out battle.moreless
After finding that a thieving chimpanzee is at the bottom of the theft of some important documents, Binghamton arrests McHale and Parker, thinking that they are all part of a spy ring, operating in Voltafiore.
A Photo Journalist for the Office of War Information – An extremely unpleasant person, with whom McHale is familiar – Is sent to Taratupa to do a story on PT Boats and their Crews. Through a case of mistaken identity, McHale and the boys are stuck with her, and must scheme to try to get rid of her.moreless
McHale decides that what Ensign Parker really needs is a girl friend. He convinces Parker that he is suffering from an advanced case of battle fatigue so that he can be sent to the hospital, where McHale hopes that he will find Nurse Casey Brown to his liking.
After Binghamton sets out to enforce The General's 'No fraternization' rule, McHale and the Crew try to help Mr. Parker stay out of trouble, after he becomes involved with a pretty young female, who is in a family way.
Binghamton thinks he’s got the goods on the McHale and the 73 Crew, when he gets hold of Parker’s diary – A detailed day-to-day journal of life on McHale’s island, including all of the shady activities of the guys.
A plane with the Singing Tyler Sisters aboard is forced down with engine trouble on a deserted island. McHale and The 73 Crew are sent to pick them up, with more than their rescue on their minds, but wind up being quite disappointed.
Binghamton's reputation as a ‘desk jockey' brings on a desire for some real combat experience, so, while McHale is away at New Caledonia, he assumes command of the 73, and goes out looking for action, with disappointing results.
An ultra-efficient WAVE Ensign helps McHale and the guys in a plan to raise some money, by bringing in some shapely lady Sailors for a beauty contest, inadvertently taking out a German U-boat, in the process.
Gruber does some shady trading with Chief Urulu involving Navy property, and McHale is arrested, and threatened with court martial. But Binghamton drops the charges, when he finds he needs help from Urulu and his tribe.
The Navy is negotiating for the purchase of a nearby island, for the construction of a new Supply Depot. But complications arise, when the lovely Daughter of the owner of the island stows away on the 73, so that she can be near Virgil.
After his South Pacific PT Boat Base is destroyed in a Japanese raid, a Navy Commander is reluctant to risk the lives of a handful of survivors, when a Navy Lieutenant is sent to make the base operational again.
McHale and the boys transport Binghamton to a staff meeting in New Caledonia, and, to keep them out of trouble, Binghamton confines them to the boat. But McHale grants the boys 3 hours unauthorized liberty, during which, they all get in trouble – Including McHale – And are thrown in jail. But their troubles double, when – During their incarceration – The 73 gets ‘borrowed'.moreless
Willy is devastated when he gets a letter from his best girl – Back home, in the hills of Tennessee – Informing him that she's marrying another man. So, McHale and the 73 Crew go all out to pick up his spirits. But Captain Binghamton wants everyone on their best behavior for the upcoming inspection tour of a certain budget-conscious V.I.P.moreless
The 73 Crew investigates the crash site of a Japanese transport plane, which is loaded with 4 million dollars' worth of American currency. McHale convinces the boys that the bills are counterfeit, and, later, Gruber trades the supposedly phony money to Urulu, for some island trinkets. But when they find out that the money is real, McHale and The Crew must scheme to get it back.moreless
The spoiled-brat playboy Son of Binghamton’s stateside employer pressures Binghamton into keeping him on, permanently, at Taratupa, and Binghamton joins forces with McHale and The Boys, in a plan to scare him away.
A priceless, antique tea pot – Stolen by the Japanese, from a Philippine museum, and mistaken for a cheap trinket, by Gruber – Winds up as a wedding present, for an Admiral’s Daughter, and McHale and The Boys must get it back.
McHale and the Crew go into the movie business, and Parker becomes the great Italian filmmaker 'Frederico Parkini', as part of a plan to help Binghamton get out of a tough situation with a visiting U.S. Congresswoman.
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