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Season 3 COMBAT! episodes:
[Season 3: Overview]
[Silver Service]
[The Long Walk]
[Mountain Man]
[The Duel]
[Operation Fly Trap]
[The Impostor]
[Losers Cry Deal]
[Point of View]
[Brother, Brother]
[The Hard Way Back]
[The Little Carousel]
[Fly Away Home]
[A Rare Vintage]
[The Enemy]
[A Gift of Hope]
[A Walk with an Eagle]
[Birthday Cake]
[The Cassock]
[The Town that Went Away]
[The Convict]
[The Steeple]
[More than a Soldier]
[The Long Wait]
[The Tree of Moray]
[Cry in the Ruins]
[The Hell Machine]
[Billy the Kid]
[Beneath the Ashes]

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Combat! reviews by Jo Davidsmeyer * Episodes rated from 0 to 4 bayonets 

(096) Odyssey

4 bayonets

Written by Anthony Wilson
Directed by Alan Crosland, Jr.
Produced by Andy White
First aired 20-Apr-1965
Episode 31 of Season 3 


Saunders, trapped behind enemy lines, tries to pass himself off as a shell-shocked German corporal. In his odyssey back to his own lines, Saunders encounters a suspicious Nazi doctor, an inexperienced GI with writing aspirations, and a compassionate German sergeant who takes Saunders under his protection.


Vic Morrow performs brilliantly as Saunders in "Odyssey." A beautiful script by Anthony Wilson takes viewers on a gentle ride through the countryside, slowly picking up pace until the story, by the fouth act, is accelerating on a breakneck roller-coaster ride. A true tragedy in the classic sense, "Odyssey" shows the hero who wins a bitter victory, and the warrior with the fatal flaw that leads to his death.

Tino Pollack is excellent as the tanker who dreams of being a writer and Bert Freed is touching as the German sergeant killed by Saunders.


  • German jeep is really American, painted with German markings.

  • Sasha Hardin, a regular German who was featured in five episodes, plays the evil German lieutenant who suspects Saunders and shoots his own men for cowardice.

  • Saunders spends episode in a one-size-fits-all German uniform removed from a dead German. But it has no bullet holes or blood. It looks not only tailored for Saunders, but freshly pressed.

  • Bert Freed (the friendly German sergeant in the episode) was the first actor to play the role of Lt. Columbo, in a 1960 episode of The Chevy Mystery Show, eight years before Peter Falk.

  • Psychological war paralyses have been called various names: shell-shock (World War I), combat fatigue (World War II), and post-traumatic stress disorder (Vietnam and later).


Vic Morrow as Sgt. Saunders
Rick Jason as Lt. Hanley

Conlan Carter as Doc
Dick Peabody as Littlejohn
Pierre Jalbert as Caje

Special Guests
Bert Freed as Sgt. Weber
Teno Pollick as Pfc. Loring

Peter Coe as Orderly
Sasha Hardin as S.S. Lieutenant
Maurice Marsac as French Peasant
Ivan Triesault as Doctor
Paul Werner as German Teenage Soldier
Bing Russel as Gaines
Larry Billman as Reiter
Marika Monti as French Peasant
Robert Donner as 1st American GI
Otto Reichow as German Guard #2
Vince Barbi as German Guard #1
Eric Forst as German Lineman

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