Synopsis: Hogan (Bob Crane) needs to radio important information to London. However, the radio he normally uses is out of commission. Needing to still get word to London, he recruits Newkirk (Richard Dawson) to pretend to turn traitor so he can get on a Nazi propaganda radio show that airs in England. Only, Newkirk, who is a loyal to his country and afraid of what his friends and family might believe if they hear him, isn’t overly thrilled with the idea.
Hogan’s Heroes Episode Review: “Is There a Traitor in the House”
A review of the season 5 television episode that first aired in December 1969
Guest stars include Antoinette Bower and Victoria Carroll
Not as Predictable as I Thought
Much like many other episodes from this series, Hogan’s great plan is revealed early on. And, because of that, I did expect this episode to be very predictable. However, as it turns out, it was actually a better episode than I was expecting it to be.
There were a couple of reasons for this. The first was the fact it wasn’t as simple as having Newkirk volunteer to be on the radio broadcast. The other prisoners had to sell it to make it believable. This included everything from Hogan pretending not to know about it and the prisoners staging a fight when they “learned” of his betrayal.
And, on top of it, his broadcast needed to include vital information while still sounding normal enough to avoid tipping off the Gestapo. I was definitely curious how exactly he was going to pull that off.
I also liked how Berlin Betty (Bower) made every effort to charm Newkirk and make him believe she was a victim in a secret effort to make sure he wasn’t trying to trick her. That was something I did find interesting because it was one of those simple moves that could have jeopardized Hogan’s mission if given a chance, especially since Newkirk wasn’t exactly warm to the idea and there was always a good chance he would ultimately back out on the mission.
As I said before, since we pretty much already knew what the plan was early on in the episode, there was a good chance it would be predictable. This prevented that from happening.
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This episode honestly surprised me a bit. I figured I would get bored with it after a few minutes but, mostly because I was curious about what his on-air statement was going to ultimately sound like; it did keep me interested from start to finish. It’s not one of the best episodes of the series I’ve seen. But, it wasn’t one of the worst either.
My Grade: B