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The Army Show

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by Russell Wodell

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aired from: Sep 1998 to: Dec 1998 13 eps WB 30 min stereo closed captioned

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"In the middle of the 'Redneck Riviera,' you'll find Fort Bendix -- the military base the Army forgot about. The misfit recruits, led by Master Sgt. Dave Higgins, enjoy a plush life of saunas, luaus and P.T. boat races along the southern Gulf Coast. But when the Pentagon gets wind of the goings-on, they send in Lt. Handy to sort things out. Now the base faces its first battle as they try to stop the real Army from invading their little paradise."
(WB promotional materials)

This was one of the first casualties of the 1998-99 television season. A blurred third-generation copy of The Phil Silver Show (a.k.a. Sergeant Bilko), it is of interest only to remind viewers how very, very good the original was. The data below is taken from the Library of Congress records.


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    1st Season 1998

    Production credits:
    Castle Rock Entertainment, Floating Cork Productions
    Executive producers: J. J. Wall, David Anthony Higgins, Marc Flanagan
    Produced by Mary Ellen Jones & Maryanne Melloan


  1. "Pilot"

    Newly arrived Private John Caesar, a convicted computer hacker forced to enlist rather than serve hard time, discovers a Club Med existence at the forgotten Army base of Ft. Bendix, complete with monogrammed bathrobes, saunas and boat races. Led by ringleader Master Sergeant Dave Hopkins, this band of misfits, including Corporal Rusty Link and Private "Smart Eddie" Mitterand have Army life wired and play every angle to their advantage. That is, until Pentagon brass catch wind of the less-than-regulation activities and send a by-the-book officer, Lieutenant Branford Handy, to restore military protocol.

    b: 13 Sep 98 pc: 245010 w: J.J. Wall d: Rob Schiller
  2. "The New Captain"

    With the impending arrival of a new commanding officer, Colonel John Henchy, Lieutenant Handy aims to swiftly clean house, ordering Master Sergeant Dave Hopkins to requality all the troops. Meanwhile, in a more serious crisis, the gang's annual Septemberfest celebration is eminent and the sausage truckers in Germany are on strike.

    b: 20 Sep 98 pc: 245101 w: J.J. Wall d: Rob Schiller
  3. "Fantasy Camp"

    Dave's money-making scheme of turning white-collar civilians into weekend warriors at "Sergeant Dave's Military Fantasy Camp" hits a snag when a belt-tightening Congressman pays a surprise inspection visit to Fort Bendix. When the Congressman's teenage son joins in the fantasy and takes a tank for an unscheduled test drive, Dave, John, Lieutenant Handy and Rusty give chase across town.

    b: 27 Sep 98 pc: 245103 w: Chris Henchy d: Rob Schiller
  4. "Shipping Out"
    gs: Ed McMahon [ Himself ]

    When civil war breaks out on the Caribbean island of Maricado, the troops learn that they may actually face combat, despite John's attempts to alter Fort Bendix's status in the Pentagon's computer system. Fears are put to rest when everyone is declared unfit to fight, except Eddie who seeks comfort from Chaplain Flaherty.

    b: 4 Oct 98 pc: 245102 w: J.J. Wall d: Rob Schiller
  5. "The Military Ball"
    gs: James Castle Stevens [ Chance Thibideaux ]

    Rusty falls for the daughter of the town's wealthiest family, but their first date results in a bar brawl involving half the town. Dave decides to smooth things over by holding a formal military ball, and John provides a crash course in social graces to prepare Rusty and the troops for their big night.

    b: 11 Oct 98 pc: 245104 w: David Raether d: Rob Schiller
  6. "I'll See Your Five and Raise You an Eddie"

    It's time for the annual war games against Fort Arnold, and Colonel Henchy threatens to start training the men every morning at dawn if they don't win this year. When Lana gambles away Eddie, their secret weapon, in a poker game, Dave, John and Rusty resort to desperate measures to win him back and insure their victory.

    b: 18 Oct 98 pc: 245105 w: Caroline Case d: Rob Schiller
  7. "Have I Got a Deal for You"
    gs: Bobcat Goldthwait [ Car Salesman ]

    rc: Ozzie

    When Ozzie gets stuck with a lemon of used car, Colonel Henchy gives an unofficial order for Dave and Lieutenant Handy to team up and avenge every so ldier who has been ripped off by a fast talking shyster. While Dave schemes to lure the crook with a car that's too good of a deal to pass up--the Colonel's classic Chassis--John leads the battalion charges with keeping Henchy well diverted.

    b: 25 Oct 98 pc: 245107 w: Joe Keyes d: Brian K. Roberts
  8. "Area 52"

    When a misfired rocket is mistaken for a U.F.O., Dave and John seize upon the opportunity to make money off of the curious townspeople, but Rusty's acting debut as an extraterrestrial gets him more attention than he bargained for. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Handy's super-secret mission to recover the rocket backfires.

    b: 1 Nov 98 pc: 245106 w: Maryanne Melloan d: Rob Schiller
  9. "Eddie Goes to College"

    An Army recruiting trip to the local college leaves the guys in a school daze. Dave and Rusty pursue future dates rather than soldiers; Eddie signs up for a college class with a eye towards meeting co-eds; and John is hailed as the second coming when he pledges a fraternity. Back at the base, a love-struck Eddie risks a court martial when he leads a group of campus demonstrators protesting the Army's careless polluting of the Bendix swamp who chain themselves to Colonel Henchy's desk.

    b: 8 Nov 98 pc: 245108 w: Caroline Case d: Brian K. Roberts
  10. "An Officer & A Gentleman"
    gs:

    Lana puts a curse on Lt. Handy and Col. Henchy recommends that Dave might make a good officer.

    b: 15 Nov 98 pc: 245109 w: ______________ d: ______________
  11. "J. Paul Caesar"

    When Dave discovers that John has a huge trust fund just waiting to be spent, Dave launches a campaign to convince John's father that his son is ready to handle the responsibility of wealth. Meanwhile, Colonel Henchy, furious that Ft. Bendix ranks near the bottom of all bases in the U.S. in efficiency, puts Lt. Handy on the warpath to streamline operations and with the help of Eddie's new scheme to align all motion with the Earth's rotation, things certainly start moving.

    b: 22 Nov 98 pc: 245110 w: Peter Aronson & Chris Henchy d: John Ferraro
  12. "The Visitor"
    gs: Marcia Rodd [ Visiting General ]

    Missing equipment may cause problems for Dave when he learns that a tough Pentagon general is coming for a inventory inspection.

    b: 6 Dec 98 pc: 245111 w: ______________ d: ______________
  13. "Paymaster"
    gs:

    Dave uses his winnings from a lucky streak to enter a poker tournament. Meanwhile Lana reports that she's being overpaid. As a result, the Army decides to promote her, which will help her with her possible romance with Rusty.

    b: 13 Dec 98 pc: 245112 w: ______________ d: ______________

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