McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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The Wacky WAC 

After Binghamton arrests an AWOL WAC Corporal and jails her on suspicion of espionage, Parker must play the part of a WAC MP, as part of McHale's plan to free her, and reunite her with her ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale
Joe Flynn ... Captain Wallace B. Binghamton
Tim Conway ... Ensign Charles Parker
Carl Ballantine ... Lester Gruber
Bob Hastings ... Lt. Elroy Carpenter
Gary Vinson ... George Christopher
Billy Sands ... 'Tinker' Bell
Edson Stroll ... Virgil Edwards
John Wright John Wright ... Willy Moss
Yoshio Yoda Yoshio Yoda ... Fuji Kobiaji
Joan Staley ... Sally Murdock
Henry Beckman ... Colonel Harrigan
Janice Carroll Janice Carroll ... The 1st Wac
Jackie Joseph ... The 2nd Wac
Don Stewart ... Sgt. Clancy


After Binghamton arrests an AWOL WAC Corporal and jails her on suspicion of espionage, Parker must play the part of a WAC MP, as part of McHale's plan to free her, and reunite her with her boyfriend, before her unit ships out to North Africa. Written by David C. Bohn

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Comedy | War







Release Date:

18 January 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sto-Rev-Co Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title references the The Women's Army Corps that was established in 1942 to provide needed manpower and an organization in which patriotic women could join the Army. The corps was disbanded in 1978 when all soldiers male or female became soldiers in the United States' Army. See more »


After Binghamton takes Sally away from the lecture, the next scene is McHale and the crew in their wine cellar. McHale is in the large chair with one leg on a coffee table. He starts talking and removes the leg from table. But when the camera angle changes his leg is back on the table. See more »

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An AWOL WAC arrives at McHale's base.
23 November 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

This episode begins when a WAC Corporal comes staggering into McHale's camp wanting to see a soldier named Clancy. It seems that the WAC officer, Sally Murdock, is stationed about fifty miles from McHale's tents and has went AWOL just to see her sweetheart, Clancy, before her unit is shipped out. McHale reluctantly agrees to help the woman find her sweetheart.

Sgt. Clancy is a driver for Colonel Harrigan. So McHale asks Harrigan to come to his base and give a lecture. But at the lecture Binghamton is spying around the camp and notices the female in the bushes. He thinks the female is a German agent and arrests her. McHale still does not give up. With Sally under arrest, he is still bound to help her before Binghamton finds out that she is AWOL. Even if it means Parker has to dress up like a WAC to get the job done.

This actually turned out to be a nice episode. When the writers had Parker dress up like a female, this is usually the time the story takes a left turn. But to my surprise, Tim Conway did not go overboard in the character and it made for a more satisfying show. Was happy to see this story turn out so well. Good watch.

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