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Return of the Fighting 69th
Season 1, Episode 8
Return of the Fighting 69th title card.jpg
Air date October 25, 1979
Written by David Carren
Directed by Philip Leacock
Episode guide
The Plot to Kill a City, Part II
Unchained Woman

"Return of the Fighting 69th" is the eighth episode of the 1st season of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.


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Gun runners named Roxanne Trent and Commander Corliss plan to kill Wilma as part of their revenge for her capturing them years earlier, during which their ship had caught fire and disfigured them both. Their plans involve the use of captured 20th century nerve gas, which is still potent enough to destroy all life on Earth. As commander of the Defense squadron, Wilma must find a way to locate and destroy the gas, which is hidden at the gun runner's hideout inside an asteroid belt. She discovers that the only one who has knowledge of how to traverse the belt is Major Noah Cooper, an old friend of Wilma's father, and the elderly leader of a retired squadron, the Fighting 69th. Although the pilot is willing to lead his old pilots through the asteroids, Wilma does not know whether or not she should ask him, believing that the age of his squadron may be too great to complete the mission.




Episode Cast[]

  • Gil Gerard as Capt. William "Buck" Rogers
  • Erin Gray as Col. Wilma Deering
  • Tim O'Connor as Dr. Elias Huer
  • Peter Graves as Major Noah Cooper
  • Elizabeth Allen as Roxanne Trent
  • Robert Quarry as Commander Corliss
  • Woody Strode as Sgt. "Big Red" MacMurphy
  • Eddie Firestone as Corporal M.K. Schultz
  • K.T. Stevens as Lt. Harriet Twain
  • Felix Silla as Twiki
  • Mel Blanc as Voice of Twiki
  • Katherine Wiberg as Alicia
  • Robert Hardy as Clayton
  • Duncan McKenzie as Westlake
  • Clifford Turknett as War Technician
  • Dan Sturkie as Eli Twain
  • William Conrad as Voice of Narrator (uncredited)
  • Eric Server as Voice of Dr. Theopolis (uncredited)

Episode Crew[]

  • Directed by Philip Leacock
  • Written by David Carren
  • Produced by Jock Gaynor, Medora Heilbron, Bruce Lansbury, Glen A. Larson, David J. O'Connell and David G. Phinney
  • Music by Johnny Harris
  • Cinematography by Ben Colman
  • Film Editor - Michael Berman
  • Casting - Phil Benjamin
  • Art Director - Fred Luff, III
  • Set Decorator - Frank Lombardo
  • Costume Designer - Sal Anthony

Production Management[]

  • Harker Wade - Unit Production Manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director[]

  • Bob Bender - First Assistant Director
  • Gerald T. Olson - Second Assistant Director

Art Department[]

  • Jerry Allen - Model Builder
  • Ted Wilson - Carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department[]

  • Earl Crain, Jr. - Sound
  • Dick Wahrman - Sound Effects Editor

Special Effects[]

  • Chuck Arrigo - Special Effects Coordinator (uncredited)

Visual Effects[]

  • Peter Anderson - Visual Effects Supervisor: Universal Hartland
  • David M. Garber - Miniature Effects
  • Wayne Smith - Miniature Effects

Camera and Electrical Department[]

  • Gary Armstrong - Assistant Camera
  • Kenneth Hale - First Assistant Camera

Music Department[]

  • Glen A. Larson - Composer: Theme Music
  • Herbert D. Woods - Music Editor
  • Johnny Harris - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)
  • Stu Phillips - Composer: Theme Music (uncredited)

Transportation Department[]

  • Chris Haynes - Driver (uncredited)

Additional Crew[]

  • Alan Brennert - Story Editor
  • Anne Collins - Story Consultant


External link[]

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century - Season 1
Awakening I Planet of the Slave Girls I Vegas in Space I The Plot to Kill a City, Part I I The Plot to Kill a City, Part II I Return of the Fighting 69th I Unchained Woman I Planet of the Amazon Women I Cosmic Whiz Kid I Escape from Wedded Bliss I Cruise Ship to the Stars I Space Vampire I Happy Birthday, Buck I A Blast for Buck I Ardala Returns I Twiki is Missing I Olympiad I A Dream of Jennifer I Space Rockers I Buck's Duel to the Death I Flight of the War Witch