Series: Hogan's Heroes
Episode: Request Permission to Escape
Original Airdate: April 29, 1966
Production Number: 5784-32
Written by: Laurence Marks
Directed by: Edward H. Feldman
Produced by: Edward H. Feldman & Bernard Fein

Regular Edit

Prisoners Edit

Camp Personnel Edit

Semi-Regulars Edit

Guest Stars Edit

Synopsis Edit

Carter asks Hogan if he can escape and get back to his girlfriend, when she writes him a Dear John letter.

Story Notes Edit

  • This is both the thirty-second produced episode of the series and the thirty-second episode to be shown on television. It is also the last episode of the First Season.
  • This episode is the last appearance of Helga in the series. Cynthia Lynn would later appear as a guest star in a future episode. In real life, Lynn left the series because, according to her own autobiography, she had been having an affair with actor Bob Crane and was trying to save her marriage. She and her husband eventually divorced.
  • Kinch receives a letter from the draft board stating that he is classified 4F despite having already seen action and is now in a prison camp.
  • It was Hogan himself who picked up Carter when the latter arrived to join our heroes at Stalag 13. In the pilot episode The Informer, where Carter's character was just another downed airman passing through, he was picked up by Olsen.
  • Carter had planned to propose to Mary Jane after the end of the war.
  • Additional POWs mentioned during mail call are Adams, Abrams, Addison, Barker, Beauchamp, Belknap and Bartoli. Addison also is called during roll call in The Big Dish.

Timeline Notes and SpeculationsEdit

  • This is one the few episodes for which we can get an exact date. Hogan references the famous "Black Thursday" bombing raid on Schweinfurt, which happened on the night of October 14, 1943. This episode takes place in the week leading up to that raid.
  • In this episode we learn our heroes have been conducting their operations at Stalag 13 for about a year. This also happened to be how long the series had been in production up to that point.
  • Most series fans explain Kinch's draft rejection letter by claiming that he enlisted in the Army under one name while being listed at the draft board under another. According to this theory, it would have allowed him to get around the 4F classification he knew he would receive. There is some support for this theory in the series itself. Kinch's first name is given as James in this episode (draft board letter) and as Ivan (actor Ivan Dixon's first name) in others. This leads to the real question: Why would Kinch, a former boxer in presumably good physical shape, get a 4F rating?

Quotes Edit

  • Sergeant Schultz - "Women are like war. There's always another coming around."

Bloopers Edit

External links Edit

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The Flame Grows Higher
Next episode:
Hogan Gives a Birthday Party

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