The Best Episodes Directed by Sidney Lanfield
#1 - H.M.S. 73
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 26
Binghamton schemes to get McHale chosen for a Liaison Officer's position, in Sydney, Austrailia. But, when McHale finds out that he will be going alone, and for the duration, he and his crew cook up a plan to get him off the hook.
#2 - Portrait of a Peerless Leader
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 28
A Naval Personnel Officer is coming to check out McHale for a stateside training position. Binghamton leads McHale and his crew to believe that the Officer is coming to check out Binghamton for a promotion, and transfer, so they shape up, so that Leadbottom will ship out. But, when McHale finds out the real reason for the Officer's visit, he and his crew cook up a plan, to get him off the hook.
#3 - Alias Captain Binghamton
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 31
The 73 gets a new crew member, who turns out to be a trouble-maker. McHale and the 73 crew cook up a wild plan to get rid of him, but, when their plan backfires, they find themselves in hot water again. So, they turn to their new Crewman, and use his special physical qualities to their advantage.
#4 - The Day They Captured Santa Claus
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 11
Mchale decides for Christmas he and the crew of PT-73 will pay a visit to Sister Monique and the children dressed up in a Santa Claus outfit and elf outfits. Mchale would parachute from a plane first and meet the kids and PT-73 would follow a little while after. Mchale jumps in his Santa outfit but when he lands he finds the island was overtaken by Japanese and was captured. Mchale as usual cons his way through the interrogation and he claims that a new secret weapon is on it's way, just then PT-73 arrives singing Christmas carols and dressed in elf outfits. The Japanese commander becomes scared fearing that this was some kind new of physiological warfare and he surrenders.
#5 - Send Us a Hero
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 14
A U.S. Congresswoman comes to Taratupa, to find a War Hero to take on a Stateside War Bond tour, and Parker and the boys help McHale to get chosen for the job, thinking that they will be going along.
#6 - The Addams Policy
The Addams Family (1964) Season 2 - Episode 28
Morticia has a new flame thrower, which Fester tests, setting their polar bear on fire. They make a claim to their insurance company, infuriating Mr. Henson, the manager, because his clerk, Joe Digby, had forgotten to cancel the Family's coverage.
#8 - Ophelia Finds Romance
The Addams Family (1964) Season 2 - Episode 20
Ophelia needs help with her latest romance, Horatio Bartholomew, whom she met at a Lonely Hearts' Club, but Grandma Frump objects to him, and Gomez and Morticia both think he's a phony, and try to convince Itt to marry Ophelia instead.
#9 - Six Pounds from Paradise
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 21
The Navy has issued a directive stating that all overweight Combat Officers will be shipped out, and, when Binghamton goes all out to see that McHale goes over the weight limit, the boys cook up a plan to keep him with them.
#11 - The Confidence Game
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 20
Parker requests a transfer, when he feels he's not getting the respect he deserves. So, to change his mind, and build up his self-confidence, McHale puts him in charge of an important test mission.
#13 - The Great Treasure Hunt
The Addams Family (1964) Season 2 - Episode 19
In the attic the Family discovers Great-Grandfather Pegleg' s old sea chest, and there's a treasure map in it. Morticia wants to search for the treasure, but half the map is missing, so the search for the second half begins.
#15 - The Addams Family and the Spacemen
The Addams Family (1964) Season 1 - Episode 27
There have been sightings of UFOs, and when Mr. Hinckley and Mr. Gilbert, investigators from the MSO (Mysterious Space Objects), comes across the Family on a moonlight picnic and snail hunt, they think that Lurch and Cousin Itt are aliens.
#16 - Camera, Action, Panic
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 30
A Combat Photographer comes to Taratupa, to film a P.T. crew in action. But trouble erupts, when Gruber swipes the Photographer's movie camera, for a little private enterprise. McHale and the 73 crew then have to scheme, to cover their own behinds, as well as the Photographer's.
#17 - Christmas with the Addams Family
The Addams Family (1964) Season 2 - Episode 15
Uncle Fester is chosen to slide down the chimney dressed as Santa Claus to prove the existence of St. Nick to the children. Fester gets stuck in the chimney, so Gomez, Lurch, Cousin Itt, and even Morticia and Grandmama each don a red suit and appear to the children.
#18 - Three Girls on an Island
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 8
A plane with the Singing Tyler Sisters aboard is forced down with engine trouble on a deserted island. McHale and The 73 Crew are sent to pick them up, with more than their rescue on their minds, but wind up being quite disappointed.
#19 - McHale's Paradise Motel
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 9
Binghamton sends McHale and The 73 Crew on a recon mission to a supposedly deserted island, where they make a â€˜Home away from home' to enjoy themselves, away from the base. But, the U.S. Navy, as well as the Japanese, become suspicious, when they observe unusual activity on the island.
#20 - McHale's Millions
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 33
The 73 Crew investigates the crash site of a Japanese transport plane, which is loaded with 4 million dollars' worth of American currency. McHale convinces the boys that the bills are counterfeit, and, later, Gruber trades the supposedly phony money to Urulu, for some island trinkets. But when they find out that the money is real, McHale and The Crew must scheme to get it back.
#21 - The Addams Family Meet the V.I.P.'s
The Addams Family (1964) Season 1 - Episode 11
Visiting dignitaries from an Iron Curtain country want to see a ""typical"" American family. Mr. Harris, the Government agent, is resistant to the idea. Mr. Haan insists, so they get out the phone book and randomly select a name. They land on the Addams listing.
#23 - The Hillbillies of PT 73
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 34
Willy is devastated when he gets a letter from his best girl “ Back home, in the hills of Tennessee“ Informing him that she's marrying another man. So, McHale and the 73 Crew go all out to pick up his spirits. But Captain Binghamton wants everyone on their best behavior for the upcoming inspection tour of a certain budget-conscious V.I.P.
#25 - McHale and His Schweinhunds
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 3
Parker is feeling somewhat depressed, after getting scared during a chase after a Japanese patrol boat, especially after Binghamton accuses him of cowardice. But Binghamton changes his mind, when Parker – During a test run, on the 73 – Spots a German U-Boat, and goes after it.
#26 - Uncle Admiral
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 36
An Admiral from Naval Operations “ Who just happens to be a ranking member of the Promotions Board“ Is stopping in, briefly, at Taratupa, and Captain Binghamton dreams of Admiral's stars, especially when he learns that the Admiral has a very close relative stationed on Taratupa.
#27 - Nippon Nancy Calling
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 23
When a Japanese radio announcer broadcasts details about Captain Binghamton that only someone close to him would know, Binghamton immediately suspects McHale and The 73 Crew, and enlists Parker's aid in nailing the traitor.
#31 - Morticia's Favorite Charity
The Addams Family (1964) Season 1 - Episode 29
There's a local charity auction being run by Mr Henson, and the Addams Family hears about it. He doesn't want their help, but they insist on donating items to it after Morticia complains that the attic is too full and needs cleaning out.
#32 - Have Kimono, Will Travel
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 6
While trying to prevent McHale and the 73 Crew from putting on a show for the Taratupa personnel, Binghamton winds up in trouble along with McHale and the boys, and has to put on a show, himself, to help get them out of it.
#34 - To Binghamton with Love
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 5
McHale and The Crew are in hot water again, this time, over the mis-use of the 73. But Binghamton drops the charges, when he gets into a bit of hot water, himself, and needs help from McHale and the boys.
#35 - Ophelia Visits Morticia
The Addams Family (1964) Season 2 - Episode 24
Ophelia is still having problems getting a man. As Gomez observes: 'In the school of romance, I'm afraid she's just a drop-out'. Ophelia's latest beau, Montrose, has left her (the sixth this year), for the Peace Corps.
#36 - A Purple Heart for Gruber
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 2
Lester Gruber has been given the job of laundering Captain Binghamton's uniforms. When a Japanese sub fires on the PT 73, the uniforms are destroyed, and Lester's finger is scratched, prompting him to put in for a Purple Heart.
#39 - Fester Goes on a Diet
The Addams Family (1964) Season 2 - Episode 18
Pugsley has been exercising, much to his parents' disapproval, when Fester gets a letter from his French pen-pal, Yvette, who is coming to visit. So he decides he has to get into shape, with the help of TV fitness guru Jack La Grann.
#43 - Scuttlebutt
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 9
Tinker's best girl dumps him for a fighter pilot, so, Gruber, and the rest of the Crew fabricate a tall rumor, to build Tinker up, in the eyes of his sweetheart.
#45 - Cousin Itt's Problem
The Addams Family (1964) Season 2 - Episode 6
Cousin Itt is shedding hair, and the family is worried that he'll lose his great good looks along with his hair. Fester gets out his chemistry set to produce a batch of hair restorer and prevent a disaster.
#47 - Beauty and the Beast
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 12
A Photo Journalist for the Office of War Information â€“ An extremely unpleasant person, with whom McHale is familiar â€“ Is sent to Taratupa to do a story on PT Boats and their Crews. Through a case of mistaken identity, McHale and the boys are stuck with her, and must scheme to try to get rid of her.
#48 - Jolly Wally
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 8
Eager to have a well-known War Correspondent do a story on him, Binghamton makes Parker – Who is the Correspondent’s childhood friend – The Base PR Officer. But Parker’s ideas for good press turn out to be not so good.
#56 - Lurch and His Harpsichord
The Addams Family (1964) Season 1 - Episode 25
Lurch' s harpsichord turns out to be a rare survivor of an extinct make, so Gomez is persuaded to donate it to the local museum. Lurch is left inconsolable, so the Family attempts to get him interested in other pursuits.
#57 - Lurch Learns to Dance
The Addams Family (1964) Season 1 - Episode 13
Gomez and Morticia are concerned when Lurch refuses to go to the annual Butler's Ball. They then learn the reason, Lurch can't dance. The Addams family then tries to help him by teaching him how to dance.
#58 - The August Teahouse of Quint McHale
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 10
Binghamton is stressed out, and long past due for a leave, and McHale and the boys have a special reason to make sure he gets one.
#66 - French Leave for McHale
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 11
McHale and the boys transport Binghamton to a staff meeting in New Caledonia, and to keep them out of trouble, Binghamton confines them to the boat. But McHale grants the boys 3 hours unauthorized liberty, during which they all get in trouble, including McHale, and are thrown in jail. But their troubles double when during their incarceration, the 73 gets “borrowed.”
#67 - Parents Anonymous
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 32
McHale and the 73 crew return from a mission, to find that a young Asian orphan girl has taken up residence on their island. They decide to keep her on the island, and go all out to make a happy home for her, and to keep her a secret from Binghamton. But Binghamton becomes suspicious, when he observes the crew's unusual behavior.
#69 - Fester's Punctured Romance
The Addams Family (1964) Season 1 - Episode 3
Uncle Fester puts an ad in the personals column and when he doesn't get an immediate response he's heartbroken. Later, the Addams family mistakes a cosmetics saleswoman as a respondent to the ad.
#70 - The Winning of Morticia Addams
The Addams Family (1964) Season 1 - Episode 34
Fester reads an article that claims that apparently happy marriages are dangerous, because there is sickness hidden within. Since Gomez and Morticia are so happy, Fester thinks he'd better help out and make them have a few fights for their own good.
#71 - Orange Blossom for McHale
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 15
A new Navy directive ordering all married Officers to be shipped home prompts Binghamton to scheme to get McHale married off to a shady saloon-keeper by the name of Kate O'Hara, an old friend of McHale's. But neither Kate nor McHale want to tie the knot so they join forces to try to thwart Binghamton's plan.
#72 - A Wreath for McHale
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 27
McHale and the 73 Crew are missing, and presumed dead, and Binghamton uses the situation for attention from a visiting War Correspondent.
#73 - The Mothers of PT 73
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 25
Trouble ensues, when Parker inadvertently invites three of the 73 Crew's Mothers â€“ Including his own â€“ To visit Taratupa for Mother's Day.
#74 - The Binghamton Murder Plot
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 2
After laying some unusually harsh punishments on McHale and the 73 Crew, Binghamton mistakenly gets the impression that McHale and his men are out to kill him.
#75 - Today I am a Man!
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 7
Parker requests a transfer, when a cute blonde Nurse he's involved with unintentionally demoralizes him. So, McHale, The Crew, and the Nurse work out a plan to make him feel better about himself.
#76 - The Day the War Stood Still
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 1
During a search for some stolen goods, while McHale and the 73 Crew are out on a recon mission, Binghamton catches Fuji, and holds him as a spy. McHale and the boys then cook up a complicated plan to spring him.
#77 - The Captain's Mission
McHale's Navy Season 1 - Episode 13
Binghamton’s reputation as a “desk jockey” brings on a desire for some real combat experience, so, while McHale is away at New Caledonia, he assumes command of the 73, and goes out looking for action, with disappointing results.
#78 - Creature from McHale's Lagoon
McHale's Navy Season 2 - Episode 16
Gruber and the guys try to make some money with some phony pearl oysters, but their scheme backfires, when a greedy Binghamton takes over their operation. Then, when Chief Urulu muscles in on Binghamton's business, McHale and The Crew put a stop to the whole operation, by taking advantage of an old native superstition, and some Japanese technology.
#79 - Morticia, the Breadwinner
The Addams Family (1964) Season 1 - Episode 26
The stockmarket has collapsed, and thousands of people are going broke. Fester and Morticia think that the Family has lost all its money, so Morticia rallies the Family to make money without telling Gomez, as it would upset him.