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Riverboat: The Quota

An Army sergeant illegally shanghais an Enterprise crewman. When Grey confronts him, the sergeant has no choice but to shanghai him as well... and break him until he agrees to serve.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x9
Airdate: Monday November 28th, 1960

  • Currently 8/10
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Starring Roles
Dick Wessel
As Carney Kohler
Jack Lambert (1)
As Joshua MacGregor

Co-Guest Stars
Jack Mather (1)
As Mr. Latimer
Gene Evans
As Sgt. Dan Phillips
James Griffith (1)
As Corporal Sam Giler
Ron Hagerthy
As Phelan
Tom Gilleran
As Joe Rogers
Stuart Randall (1)
As General Winfield Scott
Jackie Searl
As Trooper (as Jack Searl)
James Nusser
As Wilkins (as Jim Nusser)
Vince Williams
As Lieutenant
Robin Blake
As Mary Latimer
Nan Adams
As Miss Owens

Kermit Maynard
As Trooper
Main Cast
Darren McGavin
As Grey Holden
Noah Beery, Jr.
As Bill Blake


In River Point, LA, Sgt. Dan Phillips and Corporal Sam Giler are at a local saloon trying to recruit riverboat man Joe Rogers. They want to fill in a new company in time for a visit by General Winfield Scott and claim they only have room for three more men. Phillips offers a toast to the general just as the riverboat whistle sounds. Joe thanks them for the drinks but says he has to unload cargo. Phillips and Giler offer to make sure he gets there, but as soon as get him into an alleyway, they knock him out. Giler worries that they're taking too big a risk but Phillips figures that nobody will miss him. Once he gets two more recruits, he'll meet his quota...

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Episode Quotes
Grey: Are you telling me that he got drunk and you're trying to protect him?
Sgt. Dan Phillips: Yes, sir.
Grey: First time you saw him, you wanted to break his head.
Sgt. Dan Phillips: That was before he bought me a drink. We got to be pretty good buddies before he passed out.
Grey: Liquor doesn't seem to affect you any.
Sgt. Dan Phillips: Captain, if I couldn't hold my liquor better then that man of yours, I'd have lost these stripes a long time ago.Grey:

Sgt. Dan Phillips: Listen. What's so wrong with the Army, anyway? It's a good life. You get food and clothing, and a place to sleep. And you got friends. When I was a kid, I got kicked from pillar to post. Nobody wanted me. I never had a home before I got in the Army. It's good for a man, it gives him a purpose.

Sgt. Dan Phillips: Well? Learn anything out there in that sun?
Grey: Yeah, I learned something.
Sgt. Dan Phillips: What?
Grey: I learned that if I hold out long enough, I can beat you.
Sgt. Dan Phillips: You know, you'd make a good soldier, mister. Good as me.
Grey: Better.

Joshua: You think he's got anything?
Bill: Who?
Joshua: Captain Holden. You think he'll have a cargo waiting in the dock?
Bill: Huh, he'll have a cargo, don't you worry about him. Only the good lord knows what it'll be.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerBoris Kaplan
MusicGerald Fried
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upLeo Lotito, Jr.
Set DecoratorJames M. Walters, Sr.  |  John McCarthy, Jr.
Director of PhotographyBud Thackery
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorLee Huntington
SoundMelvin M. Metcalfe, Sr.
Assistant DirectorWilliam Dorfman (2)
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
Warning: Riverboat season 2 episode 9 guide may contain spoilers
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