PAUL BRYAN'S JOURNAL
From the diary about this episode:
Papeete - en route to Tokyo
Thursday - Friday, June 2 - 3
We arrived early in the morning, and I made a few calls, to Katie and to Marcella. Kate claimed to be more comfortable, but I was reading the sound of her voice as much as hearing her words.
Marcella said she'd gotten a call from Johnny that the wedding was off, but I was more than welcome to join him in Kyoto. Nothing else urgent, so I took advantage of a morning departure for Tokyo.
The many hours on this long flight across the Pacific, I've been thinking a lot about Korea …. that night in Tokyo we'd first used the mugs to celebrate Mike's return, and Janet's shocking announcement that she was going to marry him.
She was the first woman I'd felt interested in after Eileen's letter saying she'd met someone in Paris. Suppose that's when I started noticing Janet, but by the time I'd gotten up courage to try and take our flirtation a little farther, she'd become Mike's girl.
The war, the missions, my responsibilities as flight leader, pining over Eileen dominated my life, but there was always Janet here or there. She came to me so naturally, so warmly when Mike was shot down and moved to that specialist hospital in Hawaii.
I never dreamed she had any serious feelings about him, and had truly committed to her - but the affair lasted no more than a month. That very day Mike came back, she accepted his marriage proposal.
With a fickleness so pronounced - the way Janet started up with me just like that, and went back to Mike as quickly, I never thought they'd stay married. And yet they have.
If only I'd met Kate at that stage of my life. She would have been at Smith while I was in Korea, as good as gone forever from San Francisco, but even if we had chanced to meet before Korea, all my thoughts had centered around Bumble.
Feeling the lack of Eileen in my life in some way or another all the intervening years, not to mention how burned I was by Janet, it's no wonder why I stayed single so long.
Mary …. two years together, but never feeling that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with her. No wonder she left.
Lisa had seemed to be everything I wanted. Surely, I was nearly there when she gave up on me, but look back on our not marrying with a sense of relief now.
When I saw her at the Court House during the Brode trial, she'd given me the briefest smile, all her minions from the Prosecutor's Office trailing behind her. Interesting that she never married either.
But Gwenie, I'll only feel a sense of regret that things didn't work out for us. She looked wonderful when I saw her in April, and sent such a nice letter to me about the support I'd given her father. If she wasn't married, and there was no Kate ….. I think something could easily have started again between us.
But the rest, even the relationships that went on for months, as so many did, are just a blur now. But Janet - never. What a hard bitch she was.
She was right about Mike, though. He had lost his confidence as a flyer. Those evasions of fulfilling a mission - supposed flame outs, radio trouble and the lot. He put all our lives in jeopardy with those shenanigans.
Because of Janet I bent over backwards to be fair to Mike when he finally admitted his fears. Told him it was just fatigue. The CO had left the whole thing up to me, but I knew that grounding Mike would ruin his career.
Remember talking it over with Johnny, and asking what he'd do if put in my position. He reminded me that the same thing HAD happened, and Johnny had to ground his mate. But Mike being a career man made the situation completely different.
That wretched meeting we had, Mike admitting the truth, about the deliberate abort, but begging me to let him fly the next day, so he could overcome his fear by flying. And if I hadn't? Maybe I'd have died in a POW camp.
PAUL'S REVERIES ARE INTERRUPTED WHEN HE ARRIVES IN TOKYO, AND EXPERIENCES THE ADVENTURES OF "Baby, the World's on Fire
" AFTER WHICH HE GOES TO MEET HIS AIR FORCE COMRADES
Sunday, June 5
This afternoon, after a little roam around, going to see who shows up to claim the Abel Flight mugs.
Morgan remembered me when I turned up for the reunion, and though it looked like I was going to be the only one of us to show, Mike and Janet materialized just as I was about to leave with the mugs.
They appear to be happily married, despite the bad start, and have three daughters. Mike seemed so keen on getting the mugs that I called against myself with Morgan's trick coin to let him win them.
Mike appears to be on the rise in the Air Force, and I was right that the bit of fear after the crash that injured him was a passing thing, or else he wouldn't have risen to Colonel, and probably higher soon.
The Greens were keen to meet this evening for dinner, and though I agreed, told Morgan to give them my excuses. Despite all the changes in the city, I was able to find my way to an old tea house and garden, and spent the rest of the day there.
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Paul's flying squadron in Korea made a date to meet again in 15 years, and he has arrived at the appointed location in Tokyo with the hope that the others will show up. Morgan the bartender remembers Paul, and even the four personalized mugs the airmen left in his keeping.
As Paul drinks from his old mug, memories of Korea flood back to the night when the mugs were initiated to celebrate the return of their comrade Mike Green who had been shot down and hospitalised.
After toasting the occasion Mike announces his engagement to his long-time sweetheart Janet Ford. Paul asks if he may dance with the bride to be.
On the dance floor, Paul challenges Janet. He is in obvious pain over her decision, and she tells him that Mike proposed that morning and she accepted.
As they dance, it becomes evident that the two had become lovers during the month Mike was in the hospital, but though she no longer loves Mike, Janet insists that she intends to marry him.
She tells Paul that she must live up to her obligation to Mike and go through with the wedding since he is only beginning to get his confidence back after being shot down. She withdraws suddenly from Paul's arms and leaves the dance floor, but her attitude towards him is as hardened as her determination to go through with the marriage to Mike. When Paul and Janet return to the table the idea of a reunion is proposed, and they decide to leave the mugs at Morgan's to retrieve them in 15 years when they all promise to meet again and share what has happened in their lives.
On their mission the next morning, Mike's first back, he apparently has radio trouble and an engine flame out, and returns to the base while the rest of the squadron is under heavy attack from land and four MIGs from the air, but nevertheless the remaining four return to base safely. Later Paul speaks to their maintenance man who says that he found nothing wrong with Mike's plane, but points out that it's not uncommon for the aircraft not to show evidence of a flame out. When Fred, another member of the team, overhears the conversation, he challenges Paul that he is trying to pin something on Mike.
Paul consults his commanding officer, and asks for guidance about a “hypothetical” situation involving a wing man who deliberately aborted a mission, saying that turning him in would ruin his career, but also might save his life.
Major Conway replies that the mission they are going on tomorrow morning will face up to the deadliest and most accurate ground fire the North Koreans have. Paul says that helps, and goes to see Mike whose first words are that there was no flame out or warning light.
He wants to know whether Paul is going to turn him in, and he asks what Mike himself would do. Mike says that, since his crash, he has been overwhelmed by fear. Paul replies that it's just fatigue.
When Mike says it's genuine fear, and Paul asks why he didn't tell him, Mike replies that Paul would ground him, but what he really needs is to face up to the fear and overcome it by flying.
They tussle back and forth over the issue, and in the end Paul tells Mike to be at the flight briefing in the morning.
The mission the next day turns out to be very dangerous and demanding, with two of the four fliers shot down, one being Paul. But both are rescued with the help of their comrades in the sky eliminating the people on the ground shooting at them. When Paul comes out of his reverie he tells Morgan to wrap up the mugs, having decided that none of the others are coming. “What's your hurry?” asks Morgan, and Paul realizes that he's looking behind him. There stand Mike and Janet.
Paul shakes hands with Mike and embraces Janet, who asks him if he's married.
They mention cards written but never sent. Janet tells Paul that she and Mike have three daughters, and shows him pictures while Mike goes to answer a phone call. Paul says that he looks at her and sees a happy woman, and she replies, “you wouldn't believe how happy I've been.” Mike returns, and they decide to flip a coin to decide who takes all four mugs. Paul uses Morgan's trick coin, but calls against himself, and Mike takes great pleasure in winning the set. He then suggests meeting for dinner that evening at Morgan's, and Paul agrees, but when they're gone, Paul tells Morgan to say that he wasn't able to make the date after all.
Notes & Comments:
The use of flashbacks and combat scenes give Rendezvous in Tokyo quite a change of pace from the usual Run For Your Life episodes.
Jo Swerling Jr
Director of Photography
John L. Russell A.S.C.
Howard E. Johnson
Hilton A. Green
John McCartey &
James M. Walters
Earl Crain Sr.
Color by Technicolor
Editorial Dept. Head
Costumes by Grady Hunt
Assistant to Executive Producer