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Season 01, Episode 01 New Recruits

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Sep 20, 1955
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New Recruits Sep 20, 1955 During a poker game the other sergeant's cheat and clean Bilko out of his bankroll so he has to look around for some more money. Just when it looks like he will miss out a new squad of rookies arrive for basic training. With a new source of cash the platoon think he can get back into the game but Bilko's conscience will not let him.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Empty Store

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Sep 27, 1955
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Empty Store Sep 27, 1955 Bilko is still broke and can't find a way back into the big poker game. When the three sergeant's win again, by beating one of the new recruits, Bilko decides to get even by renting an empty store and getting the sergeant's to invest in it

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Season 01, Episode 03 The WAC

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Oct 4, 1955
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The WAC Oct 4, 1955 A job comes up for a sergeant that has a jeep allocated Bilko applies for it only to find that he is beaten by a Sgt Joan Hogan. (1st appearance by Elisabeth Fraser As Joan Hogan)

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Season 01, Episode 04 The Horse

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Oct 11, 1955
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The Horse Oct 11, 1955 Bilko loses the platoon welfare money on a horse only to find out that it is suffering from a minor leg injury, with the last of the platoon's money he buys the horse and has to keep it on the post until it is fit to run Then a visiting general comes on a surprise visit

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Season 01, Episode 05 AWOL

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Oct 18, 1955
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AWOL Oct 18, 1955 Pvt Steve Nagy goes awol so Bilko has to go and fetch him back only to find himself caught up in the middle of a family feud

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Season 01, Episode 06 The Boxer

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Oct 25, 1955
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The Boxer Oct 25, 1955 Bilko discovers that one of the platoon Claude Dillingham is a boxing champ so Bilko enters him for the interplatoon championship only to learn that Dillingham refuses to fight

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Season 01, Episode 07 The Hoodlum

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Nov 1, 1955
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The Hoodlum Nov 1, 1955 After several transfers a young tough guy is moved to the motor pool platoon and it is left to the Bilko to cut him down to size. Meanwhile Bilko is after the ' Soldier of the Month' competition. Little does he know that the tough guy will spring a surprise.

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Season 01, Episode 08 Mardi Gras

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Nov 8, 1955
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Mardi Gras Nov 8, 1955 When the platoon ask local socialite Miss Joy Landers to be their Mardi Gras queen she laughs and turns them down flat, so Bilko finds a way to change her mind.

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Season 01, Episode 09 The Eating Contest

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Nov 15, 1955
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The Eating Contest Nov 15, 1955 In an eating contest between the platoons Bilko puts his money on a new member of the platoon nicknamed 'The Stomach' only to find that he can only eat when he is depressed

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Season 01, Episode 10 The Centennial

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Nov 22, 1955
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The Centennial Nov 22, 1955 Bilko organises a pageant to celebrate 100 years of Camp Baxter but after some investigation finds that it does not show the camp in a very good light

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Season 01, Episode 11 Bivouac

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Nov 29, 1955
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Bivouac Nov 29, 1955 When maneuvers come round again the Colonel is interested in which illness Bilko has in order to miss out on the joys of marching through the countryside. In order to make him go the colonel uses reverse psychology

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Season 01, Episode 12 The Singing Contest

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Dec 6, 1955
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The Singing Contest Dec 6, 1955 Bilko hears of a singing contest in Miami and to get away from the bitterly cold weather he enters the platoon but on hearing them sing he puts a bet on for them to lose. While he is putting on the bet a new platoon member is found to have a beautiful singing voice

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Season 01, Episode 13 The Twitch

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Dec 13, 1955
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The Twitch Dec 13, 1955 Colonel Hall tells Bilko to provide an audience for a lecture on music. He finds that nobody wants to come until they learn that the lecture will be given by a friend of the Colonel's wife and they can bet on the number of ' twitches' that she will give during the lecture

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Season 01, Episode 14 The Reunion

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Dec 20, 1955
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The Reunion Dec 20, 1955 When Bilko meets up with his old army buddies, he thinks that they are going to be so short of money, that he is going to have to help them out , but it turns out that they have all been very successful.

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Season 01, Episode 15 The Rich Kid

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Dec 27, 1955
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The Rich Kid Dec 27, 1955 Bilko gets an idea to buy the local bar and grill, but he is stumped for cash, until he learns that one of the platoon's new recruits, is heir to a steel fortune. So they play up to him in order to get him to invest in their scheme, but Bilko's conscience wins out in the end.

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Season 01, Episode 16 Hollywood

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Jan 3, 1956
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Hollywood Jan 3, 1956 Hollywood plans a film of the ' Battle of Kabuchi' and they hire Bilko as the technical adviser, but after a couple of days he has taken over the whole production, and the film people want shot of him.

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Season 01, Episode 17 The Investigation

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Jan 10, 1956
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The Investigation Jan 10, 1956 A Congressional committee visit Fort Baxter to investigate waste and high living but Bilko has other ideas, he wants a pay rise instead

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Season 01, Episode 18 Kids In the Trailer

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Jan 17, 1956
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Kids In the Trailer Jan 17, 1956 While babysitting for a member of the platoon Bilko panics when he finds that he can't change the baby's nappy

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Season 01, Episode 19 The Revolutionary War

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Jan 24, 1956
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The Revolutionary War Jan 24, 1956 Bilko's aunt sends him a diary showing him that his great uncle Joshua was on the staff of George Washington so Bilko applies to become an officer but on reading the diary he discovers that Joshua was a traitor so Bilko keeps quiet and withdraws his application

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Season 01, Episode 20 The Transfer

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Jan 31, 1956
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The Transfer Jan 31, 1956 When the Colonel makes life difficult Bilko decides to bluff and puts in a transfer, but the Colonel calls the bluff and Bilko is on his way, but at his new camp life is to easy and Bilko hopes he can find a way to get back to Camp Baxter

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Season 01, Episode 21 The Rest Cure

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Feb 7, 1956
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The Rest Cure Feb 7, 1956 During a heat wave Bilko discovers that the army have a rest centre in the Rockies but the trick is trying to persuade the doctors and the Colonel to let him go there

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Season 01, Episode 22 Dinner at Sowici's

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Feb 14, 1956
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Dinner at Sowici's Feb 14, 1956 When Bilko thinks that Joan is trying to trap him into marriage, he takes her to dinner at Sgt Sowici's to see how bad marriage can be, but they are in for a surprise.

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Season 01, Episode 23 Army Memoirs

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Feb 21, 1956
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Army Memoirs Feb 21, 1956 When Sgt's Pendleton,Grover, and Sowici get Bilko busted to private, he gets his own back by pretending to write a book on his army life

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Season 01, Episode 24 Miss America

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Feb 28, 1956
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Miss America Feb 28, 1956 When Bilko asks for pictures of the platoons girlfriends Pvt Honnagar shows them a photo of a beautiful girl taken years ago. they think it is his girl but they have a surprise in store

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Season 01, Episode 25 The Court Martial

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Mar 6, 1956
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The Court Martial Mar 6, 1956 When Zippo the ape is accidently inducted into the army the only way to get the army off the hook is to get Bilko as defense council and court martial the ape before anybody finds out

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Season 01, Episode 26 Furlough in New York

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Mar 13, 1956
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Furlough in New York Mar 13, 1956 Bilko and Joan Hogan go separately to New York and keep missing each other but when they meet up again at Fort Baxter they find that they have somehow ended up with each others dog tags

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Season 01, Episode 27 The Big Uranium Strike

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Mar 20, 1956
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The Big Uranium Strike Mar 20, 1956 Bilko suspects that there are large deposits of uranium underneath Fort Baxter but he has to get rid of the Colonel before he can start digging

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Season 01, Episode 28 Bilko and the Beast

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Mar 27, 1956
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Bilko and the Beast Mar 27, 1956 When a new drill sergeant known as ' The Beast ' takes over at Fort Baxter Bilko and the platoon come up with a scheme to get rid of him

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Season 01, Episode 29 The Physical Check Up

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Apr 10, 1956
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The Physical Check Up Apr 10, 1956 When Bilko tries to get out of a 20 mile hike the Colonel preempts him and allows him to miss the hike Bilko is so shocked that he thinks the Colonel might be trying to get rid of him

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Season 01, Episode 30 The Recruiting Sergeant

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Apr 17, 1956
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The Recruiting Sergeant Apr 17, 1956 When Bilko gets a tip from a jockey on a horse he persuades the Colonel to take him on a recruiting drive to Topeka so he can get to a bookie and get a bet on

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Season 01, Episode 31 Hair

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Apr 24, 1956
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Hair Apr 24, 1956 Bilko's head is constantly being used by his barber to find a cure for baldness. The other three sergeants know this and while Bilko is asleep decide to play a trick on him, but Bilko has the last laugh

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Season 01, Episode 32 The Con Men

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May 1, 1956
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The Con Men May 1, 1956 When Doberman gets a $500 windfall from an insurance policy, he loses it in a poker game with three con men. Bilko gets it back by conning the con men, but then Doberman loses it again by being conned into buying the hotel from another con man

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Season 01, Episode 33 War Games

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May 8, 1956
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War Games May 8, 1956 Bilko is asked to be best man at a friends wedding but it coincides with a war game battle between the army and the national guard

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Season 01, Episode 34 Bilko on Wall St

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May 15, 1956
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Bilko on Wall St May 15, 1956 Thinking his friend is a big man on Wall Street Bilko goes to stay but when he discovers that his friend is just a clerk, Bilko sets out to get him a better job.

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