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WillTheRealColonelKlink
Series: Hogan's Heroes
Episode: Will the Real Colonel Klink Please Stand Up Against the Wall?
Original Airdate: December 21, 1968
Production Number: 5784-107
Written by: Bill Davenport
Directed by: Richard Kinon
Produced by: Edward H. Feldman & William A. Calihan

Regular Edit

Prisoners Edit

Camp Personnel Edit

Semi-Regulars Edit

Guest Stars Edit

Synopsis Edit

Klink gets a date with the firing squad when Carter, disguised as Klink, is seen at a sabotage site.

Plot Details Edit

General Burkhalter is in a meeting with Major Hochstetter and his new aide, Captain Herber. Using a map, Burkhalter points out to the two Gestapo officers the recent train sabotage that has occured over the past month and in the Hammelburg area. A troop train, a fuel train and a hospital train have all been destroyed. Hochstetter is outraged, especially due to the sabotage of the hospital train, however he is informed that the train was in fact a cover as it was moving a vital shipment of ammunition. Burkhalter gets to the business end of their meeting and informs the two Gestapo that another train is due to pass through Hammelburg containing aircraft engines for the Luftwaffe. At Hochstetter's prompting, Burkhalter informs him that the only people (aside from him) with advance information of the train schedules are the local P.O.W camp kommandants, Braun, Schlessenger and Klink. As Braun and Schlessenger are known to be dedicated and loyal, suspicion naturally falls on Klink, despite Burkhalter's skepticism that Klink is capable of sabotage of this magnitude. Hochstetter nonetheless has worked out a plan to catch Klink (whether guilty or not), namely by having Captain Herber assigned as Klink's aide to spy on him and catch him the moment there is any sign of a sabotage plot. With the plan established, attention turns to how the new train is being disguised. Burkhalter explains that the train will appear to be the Berlin Express, an idea he suggested and which Hochstetter accidentally refers to as every bit as good as the idea for the hospital train, earning Burkhalter's ire.

Meanwhile, the Heroes are in a meeting of their own. Revelling in their success over bombing the hospital train, their attention turns to a message Kinch has received informing them that another train is due to pass by with engine parts. Hogan orders the cleaning job the Heroes are doing on Klink's car be put on hold in case they need to use it again. LeBeau wonders what the train will be disguised as, seeing as they've already used a hospital train, prompting Carter to suggest it might be disguised as a munitions train, earning a look of repoach from the Heroes. Hogan suggests they wait for Klink to receive the train schedule, but Newkirk informs him that he has already received it, prompting Hogan to declare "we have work to do" as they leave.

Klink is on the phone with Burkhalter as Hogan arrives in his office. The Prussian colonel insists that he does not require an aide, but is characteristically cowed upon Burkhalter's order to shut up and accept the extra help. Hogan gets to work on Klink once the call is finished, and informs him that it will take a week to fix his car. Klink is naturally astounded as he only sent it to have it washed, but he is taken in by Hogan's assertion that eight parts have been missing. Blame is first placed on the residents of nearby Hammelburg, prompting Klink to declare "a bigger bunch of thieves never existed" before realising that as he managed to drive back with no problems, the townspeople aren't to blame. Hogan muses that the culprit must be one of the camp guards. Klink tries to pin the blame on Hogan, which doesn't get very far. While Klink thinks it over, Hogan presses the buzzer on Klink's desk to summon Schultz from the outer office. As the heavyset sergeant leaves, Newkirk quickly retrieves the train schedule and takes a photograph. Schultz meanwhile reports to Klink, whom Hogan feeds the idea of "checking into this thing." When Schultz asks what he wants checked into, the exasperated Klink declares that he can't even remember pushing the buzzer, let alone what he wanted.

Later that night, Carter is being fitted with a Luftwaffe colonel's uniform. The Heroes plan is that Carter, under the guise of Colonel Klink, will leave in Klink's staff car to the nearby train station. He will have a package containing a bomb placed on the Berlin Express and return to camp. Carter is concerned that the train station master might put up some resistance, verbal or as Carter predicts, with a gun. Hogan reminds Carter that civilians aren't permitted to wield firearms and Kinch will be accompanying him in any case, assuaging his concerns. The American colonel then gives Carter the directive to park Klink's car on the Hammelburg road, rather than driving it back into camp before Carter leaves.

Klink meanwhile is being escorted to his quarters by Captain Herber (dressed in Luftwaffe uniform). Herber asks if Klink would like his nightly cup of hot milk, and to be woken up as 6:30 as is his custom. Klink wonders how Herber knows about Klink's proceedure, but Herber insists it is simply his duty to know, especially when serving an officer of "such importance" and that same importance is why he was assigned to Klink in the first place. The Prussian colonel is fully taken in by Herber's claims, and muses that prior to Herber, Schultz was his aide, and not much of one. Herber jokes that Schultz isn't much of a sergeant either, to Klink's glee. As Klink dismisses Herber, Schultz appears from Klink's quarters with a glass of hot milk. Despite Klink forgetting to ask, Schultz prepared it for him anyway. Klink guiltily tries to thank Schultz, but the downtrodden sergeant simply replies that it's "all part of being not much of an aide." 

A little later, the disguised Carter enters Klink's staff car, after forcing one of the camp dogs out of it. However, he is seen by Captain Herber, who, believing Carter to be Klink, finally has the evidence he has been looking for.

Hogan and Newkirk are discussing the mission in the colonel's office. Hogan is naturally concerned, but Newkirk waves away Hogan's fears, and tries to assert Carter's reliability. However, he changes his mind and asserts Kinch's reliability instead. LeBeau meets with them and reports that Carter made it out of camp safely before they are interrupted by noise on the coffee pot listening device. Wondering why Klink would be up so late, they listen in. However it is Herber and not Klink who is in the office, and he is making a call to Hochstetter reporting Klink's supposed sabotage act. Hochstetter, happy to have something on Klink, orders Herber to search Klink's office for any more incriminating evidence and to phone the train station master to put "plan B" into effect. With no time to lose, Hogan orders LeBeau to hook up a new phone line to Klink's office (since they had to remove it the last time they had an inspection) while he stalls Herber. Hogan dashes for Klink's office, and under the guise of speaking with Klink, interrupts Herber who is trying to break into Klink's desk. The wily colonel manages to buy several minutes of time, mostly through accusing Herber of ransacking Klink's office and giving him advice on how to do it properly (i.e. closing the curtains first). The Gestapo captain bluffs and claims he had a legitimate reason for being there, before pulling rank by insisting that he has no need to explain himelf to a prisoner of war. Hogan remarks that Herber needs to lose his temper if he is to succeed in the "crook" business before leaving.

Newkirk manages to intercept Herber's call (as LeBeau was successful) and impersonates the train station master. Herber orders the Berlin Express to be changed to the alternate route, which Newkirk acknowledges. The English corporal ends the call just as Hogan and LeBeau arrive in the tunnel. The train has been taken care of, but another problem has presented itself. Klink's "involvement" in the sabotage. LeBeau thinks that Klink could simply say that he was sleeping which would clear him. But Hogan reminds him that Herber believes he saw Klink leave, and that Klink could not prove he was in bed. LeBeau suggests that maybe Schultz or another guard could vouch for him, but this too is shot down as Klink has standing orders not to be disturbed until morning. However, it does give Hogan an idea. 

The American colonel barges past Schultz and into Klink's quarters in order to see Klink, but Schultz reminds Hogan of the "do not disturb" orders. Hogan keeps trying to get into Klink's bedroom, but Schultz is adamant that the Kommandant isn't to be disturbed. Hogan feigns defeat and steps away from Klink's door, but tries to enter it again causing the heavyset sergeant to back into it and accidentally break it down. Klink wakes up immediately, and wielding his boot like a gun, threatens the intruder with it, claiming to be an expert shot. Hogan walks in and turns on the light, prompting the astounded Klink to ask where Schultz is. Schultz who had fallen on the broken door merely replies that he is "guarding the door."

As expected, Klink is arrested by Major Hochstetter for questioning with Burkhalter also gracing the proceedings. Klink tries to have Captain Herber vouch for his whereabouts, but Hochstetter reveals Herber's testimony that Klink left the camp for the railroad station that night. Klink falls back on the story that his car is not in driving condition and is still being repaired. But Hochstetter dismisses the claim, pointing out that the car has been found on the Hammelburg road outside of camp. Klink insists that the car must have been stolen, and puts the blame on his camp guards as Hogan did earlier. Hochstetter doesn't believe a word Klink is saying and they are soon met by Herber who smugly points out that Klink looks rather tired for someone who was sleeping. Klink boldly tries to have the guards and then Burkhalter arrest Herber, before insisting he would do it himself, if someone gave him a gun. Hochstetter however hands Klink a confession and orders him to sign it. Klink in a rare show of bravery, insists he will sign nothing, which suits Hochstetter just fine. The Prussian colonel asserts his innocence, and that he was asleep until awoken by Schultz, before remembering, and informing Hochstetter and Burkhalter that Schultz and Hogan can vouch for him.

Schultz, not knowing why he was summoned immediately declares he knows nothing before being reminded that the case is concerning Klink, not him. Burkhalter addresses Schultz as "sergeant", only to be corrected by Schultz who sadly reveals that he has been demoted to private, as punishment for breaking down Klink's door. The Kommandant, fearing Schultz might hold out on him, restores him to his old rank, claiming his demotion was a joke. Schultz, now bolstered by his return of rank happily testifies that he did see Klink that night. Hogan also testifies that he saw Klink too (but only after manipulating Klink into revoking his punishment of a month without privileges). Schultz goes on to say that the drama occured at 11:03 pm, as he happened to sit on his watch, which stopped at that time. Klink's phone rings, and Hochstetter answers it to hear that the telephone lines to the railroad station have been down all day and thus Herber couldn't have ordered "plan B" as he reported. With such overwhelming evidence clearing Klink, Burkhalter dismisses him, Schultz and Hogan before he and Hochstetter round on Herber. As the three begin to leave, Schultz accidentally hits Klink in the face when he opens he door, prompting the angry Klink to once again demote him to private.

Hogan visits Klink's quarters once more, but the irate Schultz will have none of it and have such a loud argument that it wakes Klink up. The Kommandant demands to know why they are shouting, and Hogan quickly gets to the point of demanding Klink restore his privileges (as Klink once again took them away). Klink remains firm, but Hogan reminds him that it is only his and Schultz' testimony that saved Klink, and it would be all too easy for them to forget should the matter be pursued again. Understanding the threat, Klink restores Hogan's privileges and Schultz' rank of sergeant before openly wondering what the train was carrying that was so important. A loud explosion rents the air and something metallic blasts through Klink's window. Hogan picks it up and with a smile declares "my guess would be airplane parts."

Story Notes Edit

  • This is the one hundred and seventh episode of the series, but is the one hundredth and fifth episode to be shown on television and is the thirteenth episode shown for the Fourth Season.
  • The two officers who replaced Colonels Bormeister and Busse after their flight from Germany ("The Schultz Brigade") were Colonels Braun and Schlessenger.
  • Hochstetter gets his own office set starting with this episode. In earlier episodes, his office had been a redress of an existing set.
  • This episode confirms that not only is Schultz the Sergeant of the Guard at Stalag 13, he is also Klink's personal aide. 
  • LeBeau has to reinstall the phone tap in Klink's office, which was removed before the last camp inspection, according to Newkirk.

Timeline Notes and Speculations Edit

  • This appears to take place in September of 1944. Gruber doesn't seem to be around, so perhaps Burkhalter has temporarily reassigned him to accommodate Hochstedder's scheme.
  • This episode occurs before Hogan, Go Home. This is the first time that Burkhalter makes mention of the Berlin Express being used to haul German war materials. In Hogan, Go Home, this is already an established fact.

Quotes Edit

After Klink discusses with Herber why he was given an aide.

  • Klink: You see up until now all I've had is Sergeant Schultz, he wasn't much of an aide though. 
  • Herber: From what I've seen, he isn't much of a sergeant either. 
  • Klink: (laughing) That's funny, very funny. Sergeant Schultz isn't much of a sergeant. I must remember that.
  • Schultz: (appearing with Klink's nightly hot milk) You didn't call for your hot milk Herr Kommandant, but I fixed it anyway.
  • Klink: (feeling guilty) Thank you Schultz.
  • Schultz: You don't have to thank me Herr Kommandant, this is all part of being not much of an aide.

During his interrogation.

  • Klink: Schultz and Hogan were in my bedroom tonight.
  • Burkhalter: What time was that?
  • Klink: I'm not sure, but you can ask that clumsy oaf... (remembering his earlier insult) that fine, loyal, German fighting machine, Sergeant Schultz.

Regarding Schultz and Hogan vouching for Klink's whereabouts.

  • Hogan: How's your memory Private Schultz.
  • Schultz: Sometimes I remember everything and sometimes I forget everything.

Bloopers Edit

  • Hauptsturmführer (Captain) Herber wears Obersturmbannführer (Lieutenant Colonel) collar tabs and Sturmbannführer (Major) shoulder boards.
  • In addition, in his guise as a Luftwaffe Captain, Herber is wearing a metal breast Eagle. This was a device used only on Dress White tunics, the most formal of all military uniforms. Also, despite his relatively insignificant rank of Hauptmann (Captain), his campaign ribbon bar begins with TWO identical Iron Cross Second Class ribbons - only one was allowed to be worn at any time. In the event of a WWI Iron Cross Second Class recipient receiving an Iron Cross in WWII, a special spange (clasp/military honor device) was affixed to the Iron Cross ribbon. In any case, his campaign ribbon bar is extraordinarily long for his rank, incorrectly out of order and improperly decorated.

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