McHale's Navy (1962–1966)
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The Stool Parrot 

After Binghamton forbids their fraternization with the female personnel of the base, McHale and the guys find a secret hideaway where they can bend the rules a bit, with the Nurses. After ... See full summary »


Sam Locke, Joel Rapp


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Episode complete credited cast:
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
Roy Roberts ... Admiral Rogers
Jane Dulo Jane Dulo ... Molly Turner
Linda Foster ... Sue
Maura McGiveney Maura McGiveney ... Judy
Julie Gregg ... Debby


After Binghamton forbids their fraternization with the female personnel of the base, McHale and the guys find a secret hideaway where they can bend the rules a bit, with the Nurses. After The Captain finds them out, with the help of The Crew's new mascot - A parrot with a very interesting vocabulary - McHale and the guys and the girls must quickly whip up a plan to cover themselves. Written by David C. Bohn

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Release Date:

5 January 1965 (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?


Per the title, a stool pigeon (not a parrot) is an informant, informer or snitch who provides details about the activities of others and who was previously deemed trustworthy. See more »


When Binghamton and Carpenter are leaving after getting information from the parrot, Binghamton tells Carpenter to get the bird seed box, which he does. But when they show them walking out of the hut, Carpenter has no bird seed box in his hand. See more »


Molly Turner: Come on, Quint, let's dance.
Lt. Commander Quinton McHale: Oh now, Molly, you know I don't dance.
Molly Turner: That's okay. I'll lead.
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Binghamton finally has a spy on McHale's island.
13 November 2014 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In this episode, the crew of the 73 have collected a pet parrot they have named Sam. It seems that the parrot has an unique, almost TV magical, way to repeat words by just hearing them a few times. Right now his best phrase seems to be 'Binghamton's a jerk'.

Meanwhile, McHale is trying to get his crew and the nurses together for a little party at an old abandon air-raid shelter on the other side of the island. If all goes well they plan to have a small dance with the nurses that evening.

Binghamton goes over to McHale's island and the parrot gives him some small phrases about things overheard. Binghamton knows something is going down but when the bird starts talking in Japanese (words he heard from Fuji) the Captain thinks McHale is in with the enemy. He calls Admiral Parker over to help arrest McHale and his men for treason.

The idea was nice and the show did give some eye-candy in the form of some beautiful nurses but overall the story just really was not that believable. The plot of the story was interesting but it just lack realism in production. Not really a bad show but one that could have used more work.

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