The Flying Nun (1967–1970)
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The Candid Commercial 

After the convent washing machine breaks down, the sisters are forced to go to a laundromat. When Sister Bertrille goes in to do the convent laundry, little does she know that Harry Madison... See full summary »


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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
Pat Harrington Jr. ... Harry (as Pat Harrington)
Shelley Morrison ... Sister Sixto
Ivor Francis ... Bishop
David M. Frank David M. Frank ... Eddie (as David Frank)
Joyce Peralta Joyce Peralta ... Lady


After the convent washing machine breaks down, the sisters are forced to go to a laundromat. When Sister Bertrille goes in to do the convent laundry, little does she know that Harry Madison and Eddie, a commercial producer and cameraman, are shooting a candid camera commercial for Delight laundry detergent. Sister Bertrille is using Delight, much to their pleasure. She ends up being the perfect spokesperson for the detergent. Part of the compensation for doing the commercial is a new washing machine. The Reverend Mother however refuses to let Sister Bertrille be part of a commercial, even if it does mean not getting the washing machine. It is a bit more difficult for Sister Bertrille to back out of it as she did sign the release form and Harry will not let her out of the contract. When she asks Carlos to help her get out of the contract, Carlos hatches a plan to make Sister Bertrille look crazy by having her talk about flying. She not only appears crazy, but Carlos tells Harry that ... Written by Huggo

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6 March 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title refers to Allen Funt 's long running early reality TV show Candid Camera (1953) . See more »

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Sister Bertrille's commercial
24 October 2018 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

With the convent's washing machine increasingly unreliable Sister Bertrille takes the laundry to a laundromat that's just opened. Inside, Harry Madison (Pat Harrington Jr., "One Day at a Time") tries to get Sister Bertrille to switch from Delight detergent to Rubbadubdub. In reality, he has a hidden camera filming a candid commercial for Delight and is thrilled with her loyalty. He offers her a brand new washing machine and a year's supply of Delight if she signs the release to use her in the commercial. Reverend Mother Placido, however, is angry she signed it, as she doesn't feel it is right for a religious figure to endorse a product. She unwillingly goes to Harry to try and be released from the commercial commitment. He says it is impossible at this stage. Carlos has gotten to know Harry as a customer of the casino and tries to butter him up for the convent, but resorts to trick psychological tactics. But a change of heart may come from an unexpected source.

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