Combat! reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer
Episodes rated from 0 to 4 bayonets
(122) Ask Me No Questions
RATING: 2-1/2 bayonets
by Edward J. Lakso
Directed by Alan Crosland, Jr.
First aired 08-Feb-1966
Episode 22 of Season 4
Star: Claude Akins
Akins and Vic Morrow.
Copyright ABC Television)
A German Lieutenant posing as an American Sergeant
(Sergeant Mastin) is placed among arriving American prisoners, including Saunders. He
learns locations of key American units. As Saunders is transported away, the deception is
revealed by a prisoner who served with the real Sergeant Mastin. Saunders engineers his
escape and his re-capture to make sure the infiltrator makes no use of the information.
In "Ask Me No Questions,"
Saunders is again a prisoner. He was captured after (again) losing a superior officer in
the field. In the P.O.W. camp, Saunders (again) encounters a German masquerading perfectly
as a G.I.
Though the elements in this episode are familiar to Combat! fans, the cliches
are packaged nicely. The fun in the episode is waiting for Saunders to catch on that he
has been feeding information to a German spy, and then to watch our hero as he tries to
set everything right. Morrow's look at the end of act one, when he realizes he has been
duped, is pure Saunders the Saunders you don't want to meet in a dark alley.
NOTES, ODDITIES, AND BLOOPERS:
· Morrow takes on Claude Akins in a fist-fight and wins?
Akins has at least thirty pounds on him and his character is well-fed and rested. My money
would be on Akins.
· During the final barrage, the
fleeing American POWs battle across a raised wooden bridge. But after they safely cross
it, a different bridge (the one form a "Bridge At Chalons") is shown blowing up.
· Claude Akins appears twice in
the fifth season: in "Ollie Joe" and
"Nightmare on the Red
· Again, a well-timed artillery
barrage is the device that resolves this episode.
Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley [does not appear]
Claude Akins as Mastin
Ed Peck as Pvt. Coker
Carl Reindel as Pvt. Murray
Craig Curtis as Pvt. Beecher
Curt Lowens as Capt. Haus
Charles Maxwell as Corp. Giles
Vic Dana as Pvt. James
Henry Evens as Corp. Rogers
Ted Jordan as Pvt. Brand
Barry Ford as First German Sentry
John Siegfried as 2nd German Sentry
Mark Tobin as 1st German Sentry
Ivan Henry Fairbanks as 2nd German Soldier