26 September 2007 | wes-connors
Would Flipper Eat Specimen No. 303?
Ricks (Brian Kelly) decides to allow Sandy (Luke Halpin) and Bud (Tommy Norden) make an important shipment to Frank Schofield (as Dr. Koeing), since he's dismissed his regular gofer Jon Cypher (as Jim Lorman). The kids set sail for Schofield's island laboratory, with Flipper swimming along. Meanwhile, the dismissed Cypher steals Dr. Koeing's most prized possession - a fish named "Specimen No. 303". When Flipper gets into the fish tank, Schofield declares the dolphin has, "just eaten the most valuable marine specimen in the world!" To retrieve the fish, Flipper must be cut open within a half hour!
While the story is obviously far-fetched, it's the poorly executed kidnapping sequence involving Sandy, Bud, and Cypher that really brings this episode down (not that there aren't other problems). Frank Schofield is yet another "Flipper" guest star who later became a "Dark Shadows" TV regular; he played fisherman Bill Malloy, and his ghost.
** Countdown for Flipper (11/7/64) Herman Hoffman ~ Brian Kelly, Luke Halpin, Tommy Norden