The Flying Nun (1967–1970)
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The Boyfriend 

While on a retreat with Sister Jacqueline, Sister Bertrille runs into one of her old boyfriends, Randy Putnam. Randy is currently a toy maker at a business convention. Randy and Sister ... See full summary »


Jerome Courtland


Michael Morris, Tere Rios (novel) | 1 more credit »


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Episode credited cast:
Sally Field ... Sister Bertrille
Marge Redmond ... Sister Jacqueline
Shelley Morrison ... Sister Sixto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dante Andreas Dante Andreas ... Bishop Diaz
Bob Hastings ... Tom Grant
Dwayne Hickman ... Randy Putnam
Cynthia Pepper ... Liz Martin


While on a retreat with Sister Jacqueline, Sister Bertrille runs into one of her old boyfriends, Randy Putnam. Randy is currently a toy maker at a business convention. Randy and Sister Bertrille remember their relationship in slightly different ways, each seeing him/herself as the dominant personality in the relationship. Randy is shocked to see Elsie as Sister Bertrille and feels that he had something to do with her becoming a nun. Randy, who is also in psychotherapy, sees Sister Bertrille fly, which further confuses him. To ease the guilt he feels for her becoming a nun, he showers her with lavish gifts, despite the fact that he is engaged. His fiancée, Liz Martin, is not so understanding of Randy's behavior. It isn't until Sister Bertrille assures Liz that he had nothing to do with her entering the convent that they can begin to help Randy get over this guilt and get back to a committed relationship with Liz. Written by Huggo

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13 February 1969 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Hotel Calamar's pool area was actually a backlot set, frequently appearing in 1960's sitcoms, such as Bewitched: We're in for a Bad Spell (1965) and Bewitched: Divided He Falls (1966). See more »

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Sister Bertrille's Former Boyfriend
3 September 2018 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

Sister Bertrille is suffering from exhaustion after covering for everyone at the convent stricken by the 48-hour virus. Reverend Mother Placido arranges with the manager of the Hotel Calamar, a generous patron of the convent, for Sister Bertrille to spend a relaxing weekend at the property. Sister Jacqueline accompanies her. From afar, toy manufacturer Randy Putnam (Dwayne Hickman, the title character in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis") recognizes Sister Bertrille in her former life as Elsie, a former girlfriend. They both recall themselves as the suave leader of the relationship. He is attending a convention at the hotel with his business associate Tom Grant (Bob Hastings, "McHale's Navy"). When Randy broke up with her she mentioned becoming a nun to get over it, and seeing her as a nun he feels guilty, sending her many expensive gifts at the convent. His fiancee Liz Martin (Cynthia Pepper, the title character in "Margie") arrives and is upset by what is going on. Randy calls off the engagement after he sees Sister Bertrille fly, fracturing his mental health that has been in analysis for two years. Liz has a heart-to-heart with Sister Bertrille who once again recalls the past differently.

The episode is a nice change of pace, as we see Sisters Bertrille and Jacqueline interacting in an entirely new setting. It's somewhat surprising to see them in bathing suits, with Field's character reminiscent of her previous series, "Gidget". The storyline and flashbacks indeed have a Gidget feel. Not a lot of comedy, but a nice story that allows us to know someone from Sister Bertrille's past.

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