Space: Above and Beyond

Season 1 Episode 6

Ray Butts

Aired Sunday 7:00 PM Oct 22, 1995 on FOX
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Ray Butts
The Saratoga receives a mysterious new passenger: a battle-scarred special-forces commando whose classified mission directives put the 58th at his disposal, even if it means leading them to certain disaster.

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  • Stand alone Episode

    WOW this episode was very well written a star episode in my opinion.

    "Ray Butts" starts out really mysterious and gloomy. The character is portrayed so richly by Steve Rankin.

    The episode is just a great epic show in the sense that Ray Butts is such a well written character who really steals (In more than one way) the show from the entire cast of SAaB. it's fun and the wondeful soundtrack in the background of Johnny Cash's "I Walk The Line" really makes the show feel like an old western and Ray Butts an old cowboy!

    Those fans that love westerns or just a great fun show this would be the one. Not much more to it really good plot and leaves you guessing till the end! but for the most part the show is "easy as eatin' pancakes"


    -nuff saidmoreless
  • Worst episode of the season.

    I'm a huge fan of SAAB but IMO this was the worst episode. I didn't like the character of Ray Butts as he was the stereotypical 'brave hero with a hard and mysterious past'. They sacrificed air time for the main characters to build him up only for him to be killed at the end of the episode (bravly saving everyone else of course!)

    Probably would rank as a good episode for many other shows but from the standard we have come to expect from SAAB, it was mediocre.moreless
  • Shows different leadership styles.

    Starts off very fast paced gets slow around the middle and good ending. What this episode can do without is the country music. The person that the episode is titled after is one mean marine. I enjoyed when he was training the wildcards onboard the ship. He showed them there were no rules to killing and to stick up for each other. While not moving the plot forward in terms of the war and such. It does show every little mission is a must. This episode is good action sci fi entertainment was average at best. At least there was a space battle in it, albeit brief. Better than most of the episodes so far but not much more that that.moreless
  • Easy as eating pancakes!

    I think this is perhaps one of the highlights on the season.

    Ray Butts is a hard nosed lifer, with his own way of doing things an a mean streak that covers his tormented soul. Initially the 58th view him as a arrogant and possibly borderline crazy officer. This is mainly because as the episode progresses he puts them through several tests, that either they find humiliating or pointless. Gradually though, we do start to see the benefit of the training.

    He has several show downs with McQueen, who has up until now been arguably the 'toughest' character around. He takes over command of the 58th for a mission, to many all round complaints, then when they arrive at the mission goal, he changes the mission, almost causing a mutiny among the 58 who don't really trust him yet.

    We discover the reason for the mission, and the reason he acts the way he does, and things start to make a lot more sense. Towards the end, we have a feeling of empathy and respect for the character, witch makes his final sacrifice all the more significant.

    There are several supreme sets of dialogue in this episode, some hilarious jokes, and some good action scenes. This is a SAaB you do not want to miss! Its as easy as eating pancakes.

James Morrison

James Morrison

Lt. Col. Tyrus Cassius McQueen

Kristen Cloke

Kristen Cloke

1st Lt. Shane Vansen

Morgan Weisser

Morgan Weisser

1st Lt. Nathan West

Rodney Rowland

Rodney Rowland

1st Lt. Cooper Hawkes

Lanai Chapman

Lanai Chapman

1st Lt. Vanessa Damphousse

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

1st Lt. Paul Wang

Steve Rankin

Steve Rankin

Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Thomas Butts

Guest Star

David Prudhomme

David Prudhomme


Guest Star

John Voldstad

John Voldstad


Guest Star

Tucker Smallwood

Tucker Smallwood

Commodore Glen van Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: During the close quarter training scene, when Damphousse is shot in the back, you can see the square pad on her back where the paintball hits her. The pad probably served two purposes- to make sure the paintball exploded properly, as well as protecting the actress from bruising.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Ray Butts: Easier than eatin' pancakes.

    • (the 58th land from a high altitude parachute drop)
      West: Come on Wang, let's go. What are you doing?
      Wang: I'm waiting for my testicles; they should be dropping in any second.

    • McQueen: I know they're not my children; they're marines, life takers and heart breakers. And I know we're at war, and people die. But if any of MY people die because of YOU, all your recon skills and black ops training won't be worth a damn. I'll find you.

    • Vansen: What would you die for? Sir, I know you'd kill for us... Would you die for us?
      Ray Butts: I'm already dead, Vansen.

    • Vansen: What do you think about in the dark?
      Ray Butts: I think about the first man I ever killed.
      Vansen: What about him?
      Ray Butts: I wonder what he's doing now, and if he got the better end of the deal.

    • Hawkes: We don't want him, we want you.
      McQueen: This isn't a dating service!

    • Hawkes: I'm in a squad where I'd rather shoot the CO than the enemy!
      McQueen: Knock it off.
      Hawkes: You know what I'm saying sir. I mean, I never felt like shooting you.
      McQueen: Stop it Hawkes, you're making me all misty.

    • McQueen: You are gone, I don't care if you turn out to be the Commodore's bestest golf buddy and you bleed scarlet and gold, YOU ARE GONE! I will pull every string to get you away from my people, and off this bucket, and back to the slime pit you crawled out of!
      Ray Butts: Well, maybe you can pull every string. But I pull the rope.

    • Wang: (after Butts turns off a movie they were watching) May I speak freely, Colonel?
      Ray Butts: Speak.
      Wang: You don't care if we see this; you're just messing with our heads. And being at war, this could be the last time I hear Shakespeare, and you took that from me. And if you weren't wearing those oak leaves SIR, I'd be kicking your ass up between your shoulder blades!

    • Hawkes: How come you just can't punch a senior officer? I mean, like if he's got it coming?
      Damphousse: Butts couldn't have made Lt. Colonel if he was just some long gone hard charger.
      West: No man, that guy is one Colonel semper psycho!
      Wang: 'Phousse is right, you guys are overdoing it just because he gave you a jalapeno enema.

    • McQueen: We're two lifers, you got nothing to hide.
      Ray Butts: Forget the butter, McQueen. Maybe we do have the same amount of time in, maybe we wear the same ribbons from our nipples when we put on the dress blues, but don't you think for one second that we are equals, TANK!

    • Deck Crewman: (nudges Ray Butts) He's dead.
      (Ray Butts jerks awake and attacks all the people surrounding him)
      McQueen: Kind of a bummer getting your butt kicked by a dead guy.

  • NOTES (1)