50 Years of M*A*S*H: “The Ringbanger”

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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: “The Ringbanger” (#16, 1×16)
Airdate: Sunday, January 21st, 1973
Written By: Jerry Mayer
Directed By: Jackie Cooper
Nielsen Rank: 30

The 16th episode of M*A*S*H aired 50 years ago today. “The Ringbanger” aired for the first time on Sunday, January 21st, 1973 on CBS.

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

Hawkeye and Trapper scheme to keep a colonel whose unit suffers a high casualty rate from returning to the front.

“The Ringbanger” 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.

Former child star Jackie Cooper directed this episode, the first of 13 episodes he directed between 1973 and 1974.

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

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