Baa Baa Black Sheep: Season 1

Universal Studios (1976)

Comedy, Drama, War
USA / English / 580 mins
IMDb 7.7

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Director
Alex Beaton
Jackie Cooper
Robert Conrad
Russ Mayberry
Dana Elcar
Lawrence Doheny
Writer Stephen J. Cannell, Rod Baker, Philip Deguere Jr., Gregory H. Boyington
Producer Alex Beaton, Stephen J. Cannell, Donald P. Bellisario, Donald P. Bellisario
Musician Pete Carpenter, Mike Post

Plot

Loosely based on the memoirs of Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington who led one of the most famous Marine Corps fighter squadron of World War 2: Fighting Squadron 214, nicknamed the "Black Sheep" squadron. Based in the South Pacific, the rag-tag Corsair flying misfits is led by "Pappy" Boyington, played by Robert Conrad. The opening credits read: In World War II Marine Corps Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington commanded a squadron of fighter pilots. They were a collection of misfits and screwballs who became the terrors of the South Pacific. They were known as the Black Sheep

Episodes

Episode 1: Flying Misfits - Pilot

60 min Sep 21, 1976
Major Greg Boyington, upset with his new desk job, goes against regulations and forms a fighter squadron using pilots thrown out of other squadrons for disciplinary reasons.
Director: Russ Mayberry
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell

Episode 2: Best Three Out of Five

60 min Sep 21, 1976
Pappy continues cutting corners to find a home base for his new squadron, absconding with a bunch of planes due for repairs that can barely fly.
Director: Russ Mayberry, Larry Doheny
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
Guest starring: Charles Napier, Noel Conlon

Episode 3: Small War

60 min Sep 23, 1976
Col. Lard cuts off supplies to the 214th making it impossible for the squadron to fly any missions. He flat out tells Boyington that a squadron that stands down for too many days can be decommisioned. Unfotunately General Moore is stateside and is not there to pull rank on Lard. Pappy gets the idea to put his squadron on R and R so that they cannot be cited for standing down. Lard takes this opportunity to put Major Red Buell back in command of the squadron along with his men. This is the same unit that Pappy conned to get their planes in order to start the 214th. While relaxing on a native island the Pappy gets word that the 214th has been reassigned to Buell. When he and his men return to Vella La Cava they find Buell and his men there and they have taken over the camp. They have been unable to fly any missions because before he left, Pappy had Hutch take the points out of all the Corsairs. Boyington plans to replace the parts and continue flying with his unit. To usurp this p
Director: Walter Doniger, Larry Doheny
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Philip DeGuere
Guest starring: Charles Napier, Noel Conlon

Episode 4: High Jinx

60 min Sep 28, 1976
During a dogfight, TJ accidently shoots down Pappy's plane. Pappy is able to parachute from his plane, but he is over an enemy island. The squadron returns to Vella La Cava where Capt. Gutterman does not hold much hope for Greg's rescue. He tells the men that they'd better start worrying about all those courtmartials they have waiting for them. Meanwhile on the island, Greg is found by an Austrailian navy man, Lt. Hooper, who has been on the island since his boat went down a few months previous. He has found a way to exist on the island unbeknownst to the Japanese that inhabit it. Greg immediately makes plans to try to get off the island but his companion is in no hurry to get back to the war. On Vella La Cava the moral of the squadron gets lower everyday. Many men refuse to fly and Jim Gutterman does nothing to motivate them. Their mission go unflown drawing attention from General Moore. Pappy has found an old Japanese plane that was wrecked on the island and steals parts from t
Director: Walter Doniger, John Peyser
Writer: Philip DeGuere, Ken Pettus
Guest starring: Rene Auberjonois, Lloyd Kino, Hatsuo Uda, Dale Ishimoto, Jill Jaress

Episode 5: Prisoners of War

60 min Oct 05, 1976
Greg and Larry go to Espritos for a special briefing. Greg learns that the Japanese have a new kind of zero that is more difficult to shoot down. He and other squadron leaders are advised to not engage the enemy until a viable defense can be found. Greg can't believe that they are being told not to fight. After the meeting he goes to find Larry. He is in the middle of a poker game with several other officers. Greg watches them finish one hand then tells Casey that it is time to go. Before they leave one of the other players stands up and introduces himself to Greg as Doug Rafferty. When they are alone Larry tells Greg that Doug is Admiral Rafferty's son, and Boyington quickly deducts that Doug would come in handy as a contact if he was to be in the 214th. Pulling a few strings he has Rafferty assigned to the Black Sheep Squadron. When Doug arrives at Vella La Cava and deplanes, a mechanic tells Jim Gutterman that he won't believe who got off the transport...Doug Rafferty. Jim l
Director: Jackie Cooper, John Peyser
Writer: Ken Pettus
Guest starring: Donald Petrie, Richard Rasof, Phil Simms, Frank Parker, Walt Davis, Tim Haldeman

Episode 6: Presumed Dead

60 min Oct 12, 1976
An enemy plane is shot down as it flies over Vella La Cava during an attack by the Japanese. The pilot is taken prisoner and a strange device is found on his plane. Through a series of mistakes, word of the prisoner never makes it to the brass at Espritos. It turns out the Japanese pilot was born and raised in the US but still felt enough allegiance to Japan to fight on that side. The Black Sheep befriend the pilot who also plays a mean game of ping pong. The sheep set up a ping pong match with the Seabees and expect their star player, TJ, to clean up during the match, but when TJ is injured, ""Rocky"" as the squadron nick named him steps in to play. TJ and Rocky have a talk about what it is like being a fighter pilot and Rocky admits to TJ that he still gets scared everytime he goes up. TJ is grateful that Rocky wants to talk about this becuase no one else wants to discuss the issue with him. The form an awkward friendship becuase the enemies have so much in common. ""Rocky"" is unwil
Director: Jackie Cooper, Lawrence Doheny
Writer: Philip DeGuere, Ken Pettus, Milt Rosen
Guest starring: Dennis Robertson, Jerry Hardin, Rob Clotworthy, Terry Hinz, Michael J. McDonough, Keith Walker, Elaine Pepparde, Clyde Kusatsu

Episode 7: The Meatball Circus

60 min Oct 26, 1976
Captain Charlie Dobson,a naval flyer, has been shot done and presumed lost at sea. He has actually been picked by the Japanese and put through an intensive brainwashing program. He is taken by submarine to just off Vella La Cava. The Japanese tell him they are planting a val bag on the beach with explosives and timers for him to use at a later time. He is then placed in an infatable raft at sea near Vella La Cava. Gutterman and Anderson are flying towards a photo recon mission when they spot Dobson and call for the air-sea rescue to pick him up. They continue on to their target, a supposably deserted island with an old Japanese airstrip. When they approach to shoot the pictures, they come under heavy fire from ground artillery. Meanwhile, Dobson has been rescued and brought to Vella La Cava. The flight surgeon, Dr. Jerry Corgney, asks Pappy and the Black Sheep to meet Dobson. Pappy knows Dobson from their time in flight school and thinks that Dobson is acting strangely, althoug
Director: Lawrence Doheny
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Philip DeGuere, Milt Rosen
Guest starring: Kent McCord, James Hong, Jeff David, Norman Burton, Eric Server, Robert Kino

Episode 8: Up for Grabs

60 min Nov 09, 1976
Pappy leads the Black Sheep on a mission to destroy a Japanese aircraft carrier in a squadron composed of captured Japanese planes.
Director: Ivan Dixon, Alex Beaton
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell
Guest starring: James Saito

Episode 9: Anyone for Suicide?

60 min Nov 16, 1976
Vella la Cava is taken over by the Japanese, in anticipation of a surprise visit from General MacArthur. The morning starts out as TJ and Casey go fishing before the camp is taken over. The rest of the camp sleeps, except for Anderson and Hutch. They hear Meatball making noises in the jungle and go to investigate. The noise wakes Pappy, but it's too late. Everyone is awakened by the Japanese soldiers and herded into the sheep pen. Pappy does what he can to warn TJ and Casey by turning the squadron flag upside down and playing reveille. As TJ and Casey return to camp, they discover the Japanese. TJ overhears their plans to capture General MacArthur and creates a diversion so Casey can get to his plane and try to warn the general. He makes it into the air and tries to send a message, but it's garbled and MacArthur's plane can't read him. Soon after, Casey is attacked by zero's and has to jump before the message was delivered. On the ground, the Japanese commando in charge grabs G
Director: Ivan Dixon, Alex Beaton, Jackie Cooper
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Ken Pettus
Guest starring: James Saito

Episode 10: New Georgia on My Mind

60 min Nov 23, 1976
Everyone thinks that Pappy's bout with malaria has caused him to go insane when he proposes a suicide mission starting with a dead-stick landing on a Japanese-held island.
Director: Jeannot Szwarc, Jackie Cooper
Writer: Ken Pettus
Guest starring: Ed Gilbert, Dale Ishimoto

Episode 11: The Cats Whiskers

60 min Nov 30, 1976
The Black Sheep are ousted from their quarters when a Marine paratroop battalion takes over their island to use as a training area for an upcoming strike.
Director: Jeannot Szwarc, Russ Mayberry
Writer: Ken Pettus, Milt Rosen
Guest starring: James Luisi, William Lucking, John Davey, Muni Zano, Ken Lesco, Dennis Madalone

Episode 12: Love and War

60 min Dec 07, 1976
Pappy decides to make an unauthorized attack against a semingly impregnable Japanese radar station in order to generate good PR, which can be used to avoid his impending court martial.
Director: William Wiard, Russ Mayberry
Writer: Philip DeGuere, Milt Rosen
Guest starring: Michael Talbott, Jeffrey Reese, Steven Hood, Thomas H. Middleton, Frank Maxwell, Jill Jaress

Episode 13: The War Biz Warrior

60 min Dec 14, 1976
The squadron is granted a few days of rest and relaxation at Espritos Marcos. There Jerry Bragg runs into Annie, an old acquaintance from his home town. She is a nurse that has just been stationed in the South Pacific. He introduces her to the rest of the guys and she seems to have the eye for Larry. An air raid alarm goes of and while trying to find shelter, Jerry and Annie find themselves drenched by sprinklers. Annie takes Jerry back to her quarters so that they can get dried off. They kiss and Jerry asks to see her again the next night. Annie only agrees to the date if he can find a date for her friend and she suggests Larry. Bragg reluctantly agrees and manages to convince Larry to join him in this double date.
Director: William Wiard, Lawrence Doheny
Writer: Gordon Dawson, Philip DeGuere
Guest starring: Leslie Charleson, Sharon Ulrick, Jeannie Fitzsimmons-Cowan, George Marhsall Ruge

Episode 14: The Deadliest Enemy of All (1)

60 min Jan 04, 1977
A Hollywood actor, Rod Towers, is sent to the South Pacific on a media tour to boost morale and polish his image of a strong hero type. He is stationed with the Black Sheep, most of whom are thrilled to have a star among them. But the thrill soon wears off as he is given 'command' of the squadron, though be it mostly ceremonial. And he takes credit for fighting action when he's actually watching it from a safe distance away.
Director: Barry Shear, Lawrence Doheny
Writer: Gordon Dawson, Philip DeGuere
Guest starring: James Darren, Robert Gooden, Ford Rainey, John Haymer

Episode 15: The Deadliest Enemy of All (2)

60 min Jan 11, 1977
Pappy suffers severe burns after pulling a pilot from a burning plane. While recovering he falls for the nurse who is taking care of him.
Director: Barry Shear
Writer: Philip DeGuere
Guest starring: Linda Scruggs, Nancy Conrad, Anne Francis

Episode 16: Devil in the Slot

60 min Jan 18, 1977
While recovering from severe burns, Pappy has fallen for the nurse who is taking care of him, but then discovers that she is married and her husband is missing in action in Europe.
Director: Barry Shear, Edward Dein
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Philip DeGuere
Guest starring: Linda Scruggs, Nancy Conrad, Anne Francis

Episode 17: Five the Hard Way

60 min Jan 25, 1977
Gutterman suffers battle shock after he is shot down by a Japanese ace pilot. Sgt. Micklin becomes the Black Sheep's new mechanic, making Pappy's life as difficult on the ground as the Japanese ace is making it in the sky.
Director: Jackie Cooper, Edward Dein
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Ken Pettus
Guest starring: Rollin Moriyama, Johnny Fain, Byron Chung

Episode 18: The Last Mission Over Sengai

60 min Feb 01, 1977
Squadron member Don French is surprised at all the press coverage he receives after he chalks up his fourth air victory, making him one shy of the five it takes to become an ace. The pressurre is turned up higher when his father arrives, hoping to be present when his son turns ace. A troubled father/son relationship is revealed as the elder French's visit continues.
Director: Jackie Cooper
Writer: Philip DeGuere, Ken Pettus
Guest starring: Kenneth Mars, Frederick Herrick, Douglas Dirkson, James Gallanti

Episode 19: Trouble at Fort Apache

60 min Feb 08, 1977
A new pilot whose family has military connections alleges that Pappy ordered an attack against American troops, leaving Pappy facing a court martial.
Director: Jackie Cooper, Edward Dein
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Philip DeGuere
Guest starring: Frederick Herrick, Mills Watson, Dennis Fimple, Booth Colman, Fred Sadoff1, Alex Henteloff, Richard Doyle, Jeff Sampson, Hal Bokar, Michael Bandoni

Episode 20: Poor Little Lambs

60 min Feb 15, 1977
Gen. Moore orders the Black Sheep to escort a squadron of experimental bombers, something the bomber squadron's commander refuses to let them do.
Director: Jackie Cooper, Edward Dein
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Ken Pettus
Guest starring: Joel Fabiani, James Keach, Les Lannom, Brianne Leary, Ron Kuhlman, Tim Haldeman

Episode 21: WASPS

60 min Feb 22, 1977
Returning from Espritos on a 'borrowed' plane Pappy, Anderson and Boyle run into trouble. Boyle pilots the plane as Pappy and Anderson nap in the back and wakes them to tell them they must be lost. They've been in the air too long and should have reached Vella La Cava. Turns out the needle on the compass was stuck and now they are lost and running out of fuel. They spot an island and turn towards it. They are forced to parachute out. All three land on the island, but they become separated and do not know the status of the others. The island is Japanese occupied. Hearing the plane come down and seeing the parachutes, the Japanese send troups to investigate. Pappy lands very close to the enemy and they surround him as he is trying to get free of his chute. They are interupted by a jeep driving through and Pappy uses the opportunity to escape into the jungle. As the Japanese scoure the area to find the three men, Anderson and Boyle find each other and wonder about Pappy. Anderso
Director: Jackie Cooper, Dana Elcar
Writer: Philip DeGuere, Ken Pettus
Guest starring: Lilyan Chauvin, Sorrell Booke, Bob Neill, Soon-Teck Oh, Jesse Dizon, Jim Ishida, George Cheung

Episode 22: Last One for Hutch

60 min Mar 01, 1977
Women's Air Service Pilots who arrive on the island to ferry bombers aren't supposed to fraternize with the Black Sheep, but a battle of the sexes ensues anyway.
Director: Dana Elcar
Writer: Rod Baker, Philip DeGuere, Glen Olson, James S. Crocker
Guest starring: Kin Shriner

Episode 23: The Fastest Gun

60 min Mar 08, 1977
After an enemy attack destroys their base and kills their mechanic, the Black Sheep Squadron is broken up and the men assigned to desk jobs in other units.
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Rod Baker, Philip DeGuere, Glen Olson, James S. Crocker

Episode 24: The Fastest Gun

60 min Mar 22, 1977
Pappy faces attack on three fronts: a Pentagon efficiency expert who is poking his nose into everything, a maintenance chief who's angry enough to kill him, and a Japanese ace who challenges him to a one-to-one dogfight.
Writer: Stephen J. Cannell, Philip DeGuere

Editions

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025192777028 1 2005-05-24
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5050582364729 2 2005-09-27 Volume 1
5050582443882 2 2006-08-10
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