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Name That Episode III #94

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Note: I will have limited Internet access this week and may not be able to confirm the correct answer or offer a hint until next week.

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Name That Episode III #93

The Name That Episode game is played Tuesdays and Thursdays, with images posted randomly between 12PM and 6PM Eastern. Players can participate as often as they like. An archive of past rounds can be found here. Today’s image can be found below. Can you name the episode it’s from? Feel free to post guesses in the comments section. As always, the winner gets bragging rights.

Note: I will have limited Internet access this week and may not be able to confirm the correct answer or offer a hint until next week.

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Episode Spotlight: Hawkeye Get Your Gun

Every Monday, I spotlight a random episode of M*A*S*H, providing a brief review and asking readers to offer their thoughts.

“Hawkeye Get Your Gun” (#106, 5×10)
Originally Broadcast: Tuesday, November 30th, 1976
Teleplay by Jay Folb
Story by Gene Reynolds & Jay Folb
Directed by William Jurgensen

Capsule Summary: Colonel Potter and Hawkeye head to a Korean Army hospital to deliver supplies and lend a hand in surgery.

I suppose, given the title of this episode, I can be forgiven for thinking “Hawkeye Get Your Gun” was the episode with Hawkeye’s famous “I will not carry a gun” speech, which was actually delivered during “Officer of the Day” in Season 3. Once Hawkeye and Colonel Potter were in their foxhole, I was certain the speech was right around the corner. I was wrong.

Hawkeye not wanting to take his sidearm along on the trip was certainly in character. He didn’t even like touching it. B.J. didn’t have the same reservations, however. Aside from the brief mention in this episode to basic training, I don’t believe we ever really learn anything about what sort of military training the doctors received after being drafted.

Presumably they all had at least rudimentary training with firearms, even Hawkeye. He didn’t seem to know how to handle his pistol in the foxhole, although to be fair he was drunk and probably didn’t pay much attention during basic training.

The highlight of the episode is without a doubt Colonel Potter and Hawkeye talking after surgery at the Korean Army hospital. Watch Harry Morgan’s facial expressions during reaction shots while Hawkeye is trying to get him to fall asleep by saying the word sleep three times.

I can’t be the only one who finds it unrealistic that Potter and Hawkeye would get drunk during the ride back to the 4077th? Ignoring the fact that drinking and driving is dangerous under the best circumstances, they’re driving through unfamiliar and dangerous terrain. They were told by MPs that the area isn’t secured. A man with Colonel Potter’s experience would know definitely better and even Hawkeye would probably think twice before drinking.

What’s with Frank’s bizarre preoccupation with Colonel Potter’s age? I think it would have worked a little better during the early part of Season 4 when Potter was first introduced. But in Season 5? Why would Frank suddenly decide to start worrying about Potter’s age after working with him for so long? Nevertheless, it is amusing.

Klinger’s king of the gypsies act is a particularly good one and his total commitment to the Zoltan persona was admirable, with the one exception of his total surprise after drawing a straight while reading the future in cards with B.J.

Hawkeye really hates guns

Neither Radar nor Father Mulcahy appear in this episode. Radar’s absence is mentioned in the episode: he has a four-day pass and left an annoyed Klinger as temporary company clerk.

Why didn’t Colonel Potter and Hawkeye go with the U.S. Army patrol that came upon their foxhole? Even if it was going in the wrong direction they were safer with the soldiers than stumbling around on their own.

Mako made his second of four appearances on M*A*S*H in this episode as Major Choi, who is familiar with the work of old Ferret Face.

Fans of Arrested Development may get a chuckle out of Hawkeye and Major Choi saying “annyeong” (the captions have it spelled “anan-nyung”) when Hawkeye and Potter drove away from the Korean hospital. It means both hello and goodbye.

Name That Episode III #92

The Name That Episode game is played Tuesdays and Thursdays, with images posted randomly between 12PM and 6PM Eastern. Players can participate as often as they like. An archive of past rounds can be found here. Today’s image can be found below. Can you name the episode it’s from? Feel free to post guesses in the comments section. As always, the winner gets bragging rights.

And the Winner Is: Nobody! This is from “Back Pay” from Season 8.

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Name That Episode III #91

The Name That Episode game is played Tuesdays and Thursdays, with images posted randomly between 12PM and 6PM Eastern. Players can participate as often as they like. An archive of past rounds can be found here. Today’s image can be found below. Can you name the episode it’s from? Feel free to post guesses in the comments section. As always, the winner gets bragging rights.

And the Winner Is: converse_craig, who correctly identified “Dear Sis” from Season 7.

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Episode Spotlight: Your Hit Parade

Every Monday, I spotlight a random episode of M*A*S*H, providing a brief review and asking readers to offer their thoughts.

“Your Hit Parade” (#139, 6×19)
Originally Broadcast: Monday, January 30th, 1978
Written by Ronny Graham
Directed by George Tyne

Capsule Summary: Radar learns to spin vinyl to keep up morale during a deluge.

I think I know at least one regular visitor to this site who really likes this episode, or at least Radar’s DJ persona of Big Daddy O’Reilly. And with good reason. This is an excellent episode with a lot to praise and very little to criticize. It’s may not be laugh out loud funny from start to finish but everybody has a role to play plus it features Double Cranko.

Parts of this episode are vaguely reminiscent of Season 2’s “Crisis” in which many characters were forced to bunk together due to supply lines being cut. That’s about as far as the similarities go, however. “Your Hit Parade” doesn’t dwell as much on sleeping arrangements, with the obvious exception of poor Charles. There are four distinct plot lines, including Radar the DJ, the drunk bomb disposal sergeant, Charles looking for a place to sleep, and Colonel Potter’s sentimental journey.

I’ve made comments in the past about feeling uncomfortable watching certain episodes in which Radar is depicted as particularly naive or innocent. This isn’t one of those episodes. His evolution over the course of just 25 minutes from a confused company clerk trying to raise morale by playing records to a cool cat disc jockey is hilarious.

Watching Charles wander the compound dragging around his cot trying to find a place to sleep is likewise enjoyable. I particularly like how he dropped his cot across Hawkeye and B.J.’s cots in Colonel Potter’s tent only to leave in a huff when they put their feet over him. We never learn if he finds a place to bunk down for the night. He’s not seen again once he leaves Margaret’s tent.

Big Daddy O’Reilly

This episode is notable because the writer, Ronny Graham, also made a guest appearance as the drunk Sergeant Gribble. Graham also served as Program Consultant during Season 6 so he actually receives three different credits in this episode. I wonder if there’s a good story about how he got a role in the episode. This was the first of seven episodes Graham wrote. During Season 7 he became Story Consultant and he remained with the series in that role until halfway through Season 8.

Interestingly, despite hearing “Sentimental Journey” three different times during this episode, we never once actually hear Doris Day singing, only the orchestra playing.

Name That Episode III #90

The Name That Episode game is played Tuesdays and Thursdays, with images posted randomly between 12PM and 6PM Eastern. Players can participate as often as they like. An archive of past rounds can be found here. Today’s image can be found below. Can you name the episode it’s from? Feel free to post guesses in the comments section. As always, the winner gets bragging rights.

And the Winner Is: Nobody! This is from “Where There’s a Will, There’s a War” from Season 10.

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Name That Episode III #89

The Name That Episode game is played Tuesdays and Thursdays, with images posted randomly between 12PM and 6PM Eastern. Players can participate as often as they like. An archive of past rounds can be found here. Today’s image can be found below. Can you name the episode it’s from? Feel free to post guesses in the comments section. As always, the winner gets bragging rights.

And the Winner Is: converse_craig, who correctly identified “Dear Dad 3″ from Season 2.

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Episode Spotlight: No Sweat

Every Monday, I spotlight a random episode of M*A*S*H, providing a brief review and asking readers to offer their thoughts.

“No Sweat” (#205, 9×11)
Originally Broadcast: Monday, February 2nd, 1981
Written by John Rappaport
Directed by Burt Metcalfe

Capsule Summary: The 4077th is in the middle of a heat wave and nobody can sleep except Colonel Potter, whose blissful slumber keeps being interrupted.

I really do not like hot weather and feeling hot, especially after becoming accustomed to air conditioning, so I can totally sympathize with everyone in this episode. Several years ago I spent a hot summer without air conditioning and it was unpleasant to say the least. Maybe that allows me to appreciate the episode more. At the very least, I think it makes it easier for me to give all the characters a pass for being so grumpy.

Take B.J.’s plotline, for example. Sometimes his frustration, anger, and worry about being so far away from his family feels a little repetitive. It’s understandable but the writers may have gone to that well a few times too many over the years. Not in this episode. He’s hot and sweaty and hasn’t slept for who knows how many days. B.J. can be forgiven for overreacting to the news that the gutters back home are clogged.

Hawkeye’s reaction to B.J.’s overreaction is likewise understandable. He also is hot and sweat, hasn’t been sleeping, and has watched B.J. read and re-read the same letter countless times without being told what it contains. When he finally finds out what’s going on, it seems so inconsequential that he just can’t believe it. Things only get worse when they’re in surgery and B.J. has somehow decided that Peg doesn’t need him anymore. Hawkeye’s response is perfect: “You are a complete idiot! No wonder Peg is leaving you!”

With the exception of Father Mulcahy, all of the other characters also have relatively decent plot points tied to the heat. Klinger is taking apart the P.A. system to learn how to repair TVs, Margaret is dealing with a case of prickly heat, and Charles is sorting through three years of tax and financial documents in the mess tent. Father Mulcahy, however, just seems bored and rather than work on a sermon or read a book he decides to bother Charles.

I often suggest that dropping a particular plotline from an episode may have improved it overall but in this case I’m not so sure. Even though I don’t think Father Mulcahy added much to the episode, cutting him out would have meant lengthening one of the other plotlines and I don’t think any of them would have benefited from being longer.

B.J. worries about the handyman

Colonel Potter says Klinger is “totin’ around a permanent vicuna coat” that makes him even more susceptible to heat. I had to look that up. The vicuna is a South American animal related to the llama, known for its fine and expensive wool.

I’ve never taken a sleeping pill so I don’t know how realistic it is that Colonel Potter would be so confused and out of it after being woken up time and time again.

I feel like I’ve said this before but Igor’s conversation with Charles may be the most he had to say in a single episode.

Given how little Hawkeye has to do in this episode, until I went back and checked I thought perhaps Alan Alda directed this episode.

Name That Episode III #88

The Name That Episode game is played Tuesdays and Thursdays, with images posted randomly between 12PM and 6PM Eastern. Players can participate as often as they like. An archive of past rounds can be found here. Today’s image can be found below. Can you name the episode it’s from? Feel free to post guesses in the comments section. As always, the winner gets bragging rights.

And the Winner Is: converse_craig, who correctly identified “Tea & Empathy” from Season 6.

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