50 Years of M*A*S*H: “Requiem For A Lightweight” (Repeat)

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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) [Repeat]
Airdate: Sunday, December 31st, 1972
Written By: Robert Klane
Directed By: Hy Averback
Nielsen Rank: Unknown

The very first network prime time repeat of M*A*S*H aired 50 years ago today. CBS rebroadcast “Requiem for a Lightweight” on Sunday, December 31st, 1972 on CBS. Why did the network decide to repeat the third episode rather than the first episode? I don’t know.

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” marked the first appearance of William Christopher as Father Mulcahy. It was also 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.

This was the very last episode of M*A*S*H to air in 1972.

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

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