Tour of Duty

Season 1 Episode 5

Sitting Ducks

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Oct 29, 1987 on CBS
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Sitting Ducks
The platoon is moved to an area where an irrigation project is underway, and they have been given the "cushy" job of providing security for engineers working there. The irrigation project is part of the "Redevelopment Program" to bring modern technology to the peasants of Vietnam. Bravo Co arrives to relieve, only to find that the CO was killed while taking out a patrol. It seems that the VC know the American's every move. Before the old outfit leaves, they introduce Goldman and Anderson to their Kit Carson scout -- an ex-VC, named Tran. Tran advises more patrols to counter the problem, and Goldman agrees. But everytime the Americans leave the village they are ambushed. Meanwhile, Horn has become fascinated with the Buddhists. During his visits with the priest in his search for understanding, Horn accidentally discovers how the GI's are being set up: it is the monks, using their temple bell.moreless

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    Stephen Caffrey

    Stephen Caffrey

    Lt. Myron Goldman

    Kim Delaney

    Kim Delaney

    Alex Devlin

    John Dye

    John Dye

    Private Francis 'Doc Hock' Hockinberry

    Alan Scarfe

    Alan Scarfe

    Col. Stringer

    Terence Knox

    Terence Knox

    Sgt. Zeke Anderson

    Eric Bruskotter

    Eric Bruskotter

    Pvt. Scott Baker

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Poem found on infiltrator:

        "If you are to be a flower, then be one that always faces the sun.
        If you want to be a rock, then try to be a precious stone.
        And if it is a bird that inspires you, then by all means be a white dove.
        But if you are to be a real human being, then you must become a revolutionary."

      • "From 1963 to 1967, more than 20 Buddhist monks committed ritual suicide to protest political oppression in South Vietnam."

    • NOTES (1)

      • Music in this episode
        * Louie, Louie - The Kingsmen. The squad sings this as they are riding in the truck to Ben Tuey, then the soundtrack segues to the Kingsmen's version.
        * A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum. Plays while Anderson and the men are moving through the jungle on their first patrol after getting to the village of Ben Tuey.

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