The Flying Nun (1967–1970)
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A Gift for El Charro 

Pablo Cortina stops by the convent looking for work, and agrees to do handyman work in exchange for English lessons. To Carlos, Pablo looks a lot like El Charro, a famous bullfighter from ... 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
Shelley Morrison ... Sister Sixto
Ben Archibek Ben Archibek ... Pablo
Corinne Camacho ... Theresa
Harvey Jason ... Fernando Morales
Lloyd Battista ... Ramon Esteban (as Lloyd Batista)
Gregory Sierra ... Raoul
Alfred Dennis ... Chef
Roberto Zalaya Roberto Zalaya ... Dishwasher (as Roberto Zelaya)
Michael Barbera ... Juan


Pablo Cortina stops by the convent looking for work, and agrees to do handyman work in exchange for English lessons. To Carlos, Pablo looks a lot like El Charro, a famous bullfighter from Madrid. They all discover that Pablo is indeed El Charro - his father was previously an orphan at the convent, and El Charro thought it would be the only place he could disappear from the media spotlight while he learned English. When a newspaperman comes snooping around the convent hearing that someone matching El Charro's description was hired as the convent handyman, Carlos pretends to be said handyman. This causes problems for Carlos, who is reported to be learning to read and write English. He can't convince some close to him that he's not illiterate, including new serious girlfriend Theresa, as he currently can't read anything since the opthamologist put pupil dilating drops in his eyes. Using a fake name, Theresa asks Sister Bertrille, who protects El Charro and implies Carlos is the one ... Written by Huggo

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13 March 1970 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Carlos, the illiterate
25 October 2018 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

A man named Pablo arrives at the convent in search of handyman work in exchange for being taught to read and write in English. He takes his place in class among the convent's children. Meanwhile Carlos has fallen in love with Theresa (Corinne Camacho), who he feels may finally be the one. Carlos brings donations and finds that Pablo looks like the famous bullfighter El Charro from Madrid. Ramon Esteban (Lloyd Battista), manager of El Charro, arrives at the casino after the bullfighter disappeared in the middle of the season and was traced to San Tanco. Carlos talks to Pablo to learn he is El Charro and came to the convent because his father was raised there and it is the only place he knows he will be safe while he learns English. Ramon won't allow it during the season and arrives with newspaperman Fernando Morales (Harvey Jason) after suspecting El Charro is there. Carlos pretends to be the handyman, leading to the newspaper gossip column writing "what local casino owner is learning to read and write at the Convent San Tanco?" The situation leads to comical situations with those close to Carlos. Carlos' love life is now in jeopardy.

At long last an episode that maximizes its comedic potential. A rare, well done offering from the series.

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