M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
1 user

Tea and Empathy 

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.



, (developed for television by)

On Disc

at Amazon



Episode cast overview:
Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Maj. Charles Winchester
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly (credit only)
Corporal Benny Bryant
Neil Thompson ...
Neil Hunt ...
Chris Winfield ...
Jay Pirelli ...


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 LA-Lawyer

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

17 January 1978 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Father Francis Mulcahy: Klinger, I know where we may be able to find some penicillin.
Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: Oh yeah? Where?
Father Francis Mulcahy: Well, I can't tell you that.
Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: Then how are we gonna get there?
Father Francis Mulcahy: Oh, yes... well, I better drive.
Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: Then what do you need me for?
Father Francis Mulcahy: I can't divulge that either.
Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: Ok, I've been on blind dates before.
See more »


References Tea and Sympathy (1956) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Multiple Plots--Good Episode
8 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page