The Flying Nun (1967–1970)
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No Tears for Mrs. Thomas 

Thomas Martinez, Carlos' uncle, is planning his own funeral to be held next week, this funeral despite him not being ill. He admits to Sister Bertrille that he has witnessed what he calls ... See full summary »


Jon C. Andersen (as Jon Andersen)


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Episode cast overview:
Sally Field ... Sister Bertrille
Marge Redmond ... Sister Jacqueline
Madeleine Sherwood ... Reverend Mother Superior Placido
Alejandro Rey ... Carlos Ramirez
Frank Silvera ... Thomas
Shelley Morrison ... Sister Sixto
Penny Santon Penny Santon ... Mrs. Montero
Booth Colman Booth Colman ... Priest
Don Diamond ... Dr. Escovito
Larry Gelman ... Mendoza


Thomas Martinez, Carlos' uncle, is planning his own funeral to be held next week, this funeral despite him not being ill. He admits to Sister Bertrille that he has witnessed what he calls the Martinez Sign, that which generations of his male ancestors have seen and have passed away exactly seven days following. However he has not stated what the sign is. The funeral is getting out of hand - he is charging everything to the convent as the convent is the beneficiary to his life insurance money which will pay for the funeral. And those invited to the funeral, including his lady companion Luisa Montero, are crying on the sisters and Carlos' shoulders. Finally, Martinez tells them the sign: a big white bird flying around overhead. Martinez' sign was Sister Bertrille in flight. Instead of telling him, Sister Bertrille and Carlos figure it would be better to show him that it was really Sister Bertrille. When Martinez sees Sister Bertrille in the air, he thinks he has seen The Sign once again... Written by Huggo

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3 April 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Martinez Sign
26 October 2018 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

The final episode of the series begins with happy-go-lucky fisherman Thomas Martinez (Frank Silvera) arriving at the convent with a fresh catch- and to excitedly arrange his own funeral. He states that he is to pass away the following Wednesday. Sister Bertrille goes to Carlos, who is Thomas' nephew, with puzzled concern. They visit his doctor, Dr. Escovito (Don Diamond, "F Troop") who says Thomas is in great health. Thomas reveals it is because of seeing the "Martinez Sign". Seven days to the minute of the sighting it claimed his father and a long line of his grandfathers. While trying on suits and posing as if he is in a coffin he is seen by Louisa Montero (Penny Santon) who once turned down his marriage proposal. She is upset by the sighting and visits Sister Bertrille distraught over turning down the man's happiness. She begins spending time with him as he continues to prepare for his funeral- charging everything to the convent. He justifies this as naming them his beneficiary. The sign is explained to be a white bird flying in a circle three times, but it was actually Sister Bertrille who must find a way to explain it to him. He is unwilling to listen as he lay on his deathbed attended to by Louisa. A priest (Booth Colman) is summoned, but his duty may be different than expected.

Reflecting upon the series after recently watching each episode, "The Flying Nun" was a ludicrous sitcom in an era of ludicrous sitcoms. Unfortunately, it was nowhere as sophisticated as "Bewitched", as endearing as "I Dream of Jeannie", as affable as "Mister Ed", or even matching the entertaining level of "Gilligan's Island". "The Flying Nun" was a series continually searching for its identity, reformatted each season. It struggled to find the balance between heart and laughs, but the rare times it did was very enjoyable. Plot lines were often dry and predictable, and at times completely misguided. Episodes excelled when it combined an engaging plot, clever dialogue, the warmness of the convent's heartfelt work, and well-placed comedy. Some of the best were feel-good offerings and those focused on being touchingly dramatic, especially "Antonio's Mother".

I felt it was easy to see that Sally Field was struggling to get into her role as Sister Bertrille early in Season One. But when she did embrace it audiences were rewarded with the warm, good-natured personality they came to admire in her similar character of "Gidget". Sister Bertrille serves as a great role model for everyone, hopefully inspiring them to be a better, more caring person. She had nice chemistry with Alejandro Rey, helping make Carlos' exasperated character relatable. Madeleine Sherwood played her sage, straight-laced superior very well as a figure who adhered to policies but made every effort to do the right thing. Emmy-nominated Marge Redmond sets up situations nicely through narration and as a sounding board for Sister Bertrille. Shelley Morrison's Sister Sixto was the most dependable source of comedy with her mispronoucation of the English language giving whole new meaning to situations. Vito Scotti's Police Captain Fomento was the focus of Season Two's new slapstick approach, but it was often too forceful and strained.

"The Flying Nun" would have perhaps been better served as an uplifting dramatic series in the vein of "Touched by an Angel".

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