[7.4/10] A fun Teddy episode. It’s nice getting to see him and Linda paired in an A-story. Linda trying to help Teddy get over a rough nickname and some teasing from his days in the Navy powers the story well. The humor of Linda egging him on to “win” in the face of his former fellow sailors, while Teddy is so anxious he doesn’t even want to be there, clicks into place nicely.
The episode finds a good escalation in the narrative when Linda and Louise steal the deck bell in order to get Teddy a better souvenir than his counterparts, that ends up causing no end of ruckus and trouble. It’s this silly sort of low-stakes nonsense that often spurs the show to its best heights.
The resolution, where Teddy’s colleagues only teased him because they saw him as a friend, and even looked up to him, is very sweet. It’s always nice to see Teddy get a win. And watching him be calm and commanding in action, rescuing a fellow old Navyman who fell off the boat much like he did when he earned the nickname “Double Dip” is a nice win for him as well.
The comic relief B-story of Bob sucking at knot-tying is amusing enough for what it is. Bob’s frustration and determination, matched with the kids’ and the instructor’s disbelief that he can’t master the easiest knot, are good for a laugh. Bob eventually tying the knot in crunchtime to help Teddy is a nice moment of triumph for him too.
Overall, an enjoyable episode that pairs Teddy and Linda to good ends and has a solid comic subplot for Bob.
My ship didn't get scuttled, it was sold to the Mexican Navy and is still in operation over 20 years later. It was commissioned in 1969.
USS Gertrude Stein was a good one.