Father Mulcahy and Klinger retrieve some stolen penicillin after a soldier's confession, B.J. deals with a patient's morphine addiction, and British Major Ross demands that Hawkeye release his still-injured soldiers.
Gloucester Regiment, part of the BCFK (British Commonwealth Forces Korea) arrive at the 4077; Colonel Potter calls them nutcakes who never wear helmets. BJ is recognized by a GI, Sgt. Johnson, upon whom BJ operated 8 months earlier; he is wounded and seems to be in severe pain. Klinger has to break it to Col. Potter: their penicillin store has been stolen again. Father Mulcahy tries to be useful, but "no one seems to need Last Rites." Hawkeye rails against the British tradition of giving wounded soldiers tea. For soldiers with abdominal injury, tea may mean peritonitis. Major Derek Ross, (Bernard Fox) the CO of the Gloucester Regiment, annoys the surgeons with his brusque attitude toward his men. A sergeant confesses to Father Mulcahy information about Black Market medicine; Father grabs Klinger and a jeep and Father's info rings a bell. Hawkeye is shocked when he next runs into Maj. Ross in post-op. Hawkeye learns there may be different methods for different COs when it comes to ... Written by
Radar (Gary Burghoff) does not appear in this episode. See more »
At one point a British soldier declares that "Arsenal beat Manchester United two to nothing". No Brit would ever say "two to nothing", which is an Americanism. Always "two nil". It is surprising that Bernard Fox, himself a Brit, did not point this out. See more »
Several things are going on at the unit. A group of wounded British soldiers are in the compound. It seems that they don't use helmets in battle. They also give tea to the wounded soldiers which sometimes leads to peritonitis. There is a soldier who is hooked on morphine who B.J. tries to get through withdrawal. Black marketeers steal all the unit's penicillin and Mulcahy and Klinger, from a tip from the confessional (for which the Father feels guilty), go about finding where the stolen medicine is and risk their lives to get it back. The other issue with the British is a captain who tells the boys to stop whining and get ready to go back into combat. That leads to an interesting conversation.
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