The Flying Nun (1967–1970)
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When Generations Gap 

Sister Bertrille gets into a fender bender, caused by her running a red light. She can't really remember what happened, and is willing to accept responsibility for the accident if it was ... See full summary »


Leon Benson


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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
Shelley Morrison ... Sister Sixto
Linda Dangcil Linda Dangcil ... Sister Ana
Tommy Boyce ... Himself
Bobby Hart ... Himself
A.G. Vitanza A.G. Vitanza ... Ramon
Ernest Sarracino ... Alfonso T. Gomez
Miguel Ángel Landa Miguel Ángel Landa ... TV Commentator (as Miguel Landa)
Eugene Iglesias ... Policeman
Michael Gray ... Young Man


Sister Bertrille gets into a fender bender, caused by her running a red light. She can't really remember what happened, and is willing to accept responsibility for the accident if it was her fault. However, Alfonso T. Gomez, a witness, states that it was not Sister Bertrille's fault. The occupants of the other car are hippies, namely Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart of the singing group, The Paper Balloon, who happen to be appearing at Carlos' casino. Sister Bertrille just wants to forget the incident, but it becomes a big media story about subversive hippies against an innocent nun, a story which ruins business at the Paper Balloon's show at Carlos' casino. When Boyce and Hart jog the sister's memory, she does realize it was the station wagon's loose brakes that caused her to run the red light. She goes to Gomez to double check what happened, he who admits it was her fault, the reason for his false story being the fact that the convent could use the insurance money from that of rich, ... Written by Huggo

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20 March 1970 (USA) See more »

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Screen Gems See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The title uses the 1960's term the generation gap which described differences between people of a younger generation and their elders. See more »


Sister Sixto: Reverend Mother wants to see you on the triple.
Sister Bertrille: I think you mean 'on the double'.
Sister Sixto: Oh maybe I do, but she called you three times.
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Popping the "Paper Balloon"
25 October 2018 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

While taking the station wagon to be serviced, Sister Bertrille gets into an accident at an intersection, injuring her neck. The car she hit was occupied by "Paper Balloon" duo Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (as themselves). A starstruck Sister Bertrille claims responsibility at the scene, but later realizes it may only be half her fault as the light was turning as she went through. Senior Alfonso T. Gomez (Ernest Sarracino) is leery of the hippies and tells the officer (Eugene Iglesias in his last role) that he witnessed the accident. He insists Boyce and Hart ran the red light. It leads to a TV news report slamming the duo and only two people showing up to their opening night at the casino. After talking with the agitated musicians Sister Bertrille once again thinks the accident is her fault, with the station wagon's brakes sticking. She talks with Senior Gomez who admits that it was her fault, but the musicians can afford it and the convent could use the money. The newspaper reports the truthful confession, but the TV news continues its crusade against the hippies. Sister Bertrille schemes for a solution.

This episode marks the third of three a TV appearances by Boyce and Hart on Columbia-owned Screen Gems productions, along with "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeannie". An aside, Bobby Hart while touring on his own in 1979 may have had flashbacks to the empty venue in this episode when reportedly only one person bought a ticket.

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