Hogan's Heroes Episode Review: "Man's Best Friend is Not His Dog"

by StevenHelmer

A review of the season 4 episode that first aired in November, 1968.

Synopsis: Hogan (Bob Crane) and his crew adopt a stray dog and Hogan seems like a genius when he hides photos of a new German tank in the dog's bone. However, things become complicated when their new friend buries the bone somewhere in camp, forcing the prisoners to follow the animal around in the hopes of figuring out his hiding spot.

Guest Stars

Guest stars include Katherine Henryk, Dick Wilson and Chet Stratton.

A Pleasant and Funny Episode

I wasn't sure if I was going to get a chance to or not, with my kids being home from school and everything. However, I had an opportunity to watch an episode of "Hogan's Heroes" when I was home for lunch today and was glad when it was this particular one.

This was my first time seeing this episode and I wasn't really sure if it was one I would enjoy. But, as it turns out, it was actually quite a bit funnier than I expected it to be.

One of the things I really liked about this episode was the fact it wasn't as predictable as many of the others from the series. Usually, Hogan ends up with some plan and we know exactly what it is long before he pulls it off with no surprises. In this case, he really doesn't have a plan because his crew didn't see where the dog buried the film and following the dog around camp, while very funny (especially when they are running as a group), wasn't getting them anywhere.

The fact their contact was in camp at that moment waiting to pick up the film was also a nice touch, both because we weren't told who exactly they were supposed to give it to and because he had nothing to give that person even when he did finally learn who.

And, while the dog finally revealing the hiding place at the last possible second was a little convenient, I did like his quick thinking that allowed the film to get out of camp and, at the same time, allowed the dog to have a home. it's exactly the type of ending I wish more episodes from this series had.

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Final Opinion

As I mentioned before, I did have some serious doubts about this episode when I started watching it. However, it quickly became one of my favorites from the series and is an episode I would recommend as a result.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 12/02/2016, StevenHelmer
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DerdriuMarriner on 02/02/2022

StevenHelmer, Thank you for product lines, pretty pictures and practical information.
Bones chewed even by small dogs are so much bigger, heavier and obviouser than turkey wishbones. How were they going to transfer the stray dog's chewed-up bone to their contact without getting caught or looking suspicious?

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