50 Years of M*A*S*H: “Requiem for a Lightweight”

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of M*A*S*H, I’m taking a weekly look back at what episode of M*A*S*H aired five decades ago on CBS.

Episode Title: “Requiem for a Lightweight” (#3, 1×03)
Airdate: Sunday, October 1st, 1972
Written By: Robert Klane
Directed By: Hy Averback
Nielsen Rank: Unknown

The third episode of M*A*S*H aired 50 years ago today. “Requiem for a Lightweight” aired for the first time on Sunday, October 1st, 1972 on CBS. It marked the first appearance of William Christopher as Father Mulcahy.

Here’s the capsule summary from my Episode Spotlight for the episode:

In order to keep Major Houlihan from transferring a pretty nurse, Trapper agrees to enter a boxing competition with Hawkeye as his trainer.

“Requiem for a Lightweight” was the first of six episodes guest starring Marcia Strassman as Nurse Margie Cutler and the first of two episodes featuring Sorrell Booke as General Barker. It was one of 20 episodes included in The Hallmark Channel’s “M*A*S*H Bash 2007,” hosted by Wayne Rogers. The 12-hour marathon aired Monday, January 1st, 2007.

MeTV aired “Requiem for a Lightweight” in January 2016 as part of a tribute to Wayne Rogers, who died December 31st, 2015.

A suite composed by Johnny Mandel for this episode is included in a soundtrack collection released by Kritzerland Records in April 2018.

Check back next week for the next installment of 50 Years of M*A*S*H.

One Reply to “50 Years of M*A*S*H: “Requiem for a Lightweight””

  1. I was just watching this episode. Right before the fight, Father Mulcahy was picking several things off of the mat. Anyone know what he was doing? At first I thought he was putting something down but reran it. Just found it curious.

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