After 11 days of no casualties, the Swamp Rats are so bored, they invent "Cranko," a game mixing chess, poker and checkers (over gin) in one game. Radar purloins Boston's turntable to play the new platters the 4077 received; Colonel Potter believes it will alleviate boredom. Klinger teaches Radar how to be a disc jockey and talk the talk to spin platters. Suddenly, the OR gets beyond crazy, Col. Potter encourages Radar to keep the tunes a-coming. The wounded soon overflow into the Mess Tent, Officers' Club and The Swamp as adjunct hospitals. Klinger is scrounging for blood--especially the AB- blood one wounded GI desperately needs. The medical staff is forced to use plasma; everyone is on automatic pilot. Radar becomes a cool cat; his confidence over the air grows quickly. Colonel Potter continues to request the same version of "Sentimental Journey" sung by Doris Day (23 times). Can a drunk bomb disposal expert with AB - blood save the day? Is there any presence more comforting than a... Written by
Ronny Graham - who plays Sgt. Gribble in this episode - also served as a story consultant during this season of M*A*S*H. See more »
Colonel Potter mentions the fact that he met Doris Day "a dozen or so years back". He would have met her no later than 1940, which would have made her no older than 16. Even if the story is true, it's highly unlikely he'd have known who she was until much later. See more »
[concerning his dislike of needles]
I can't stand those things, they... they make me feel... ooogy.
I know how he feels, I get that way from peanut butter.
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Radar "borrows" Major Winchester's phonograph in order to play music throughout the camp. At first he is shy, knowing that what he says is being listened to. Soon the wounded start arriving and Radar is left to do a disc jockey gig. Soon patients are scattered all over the camp, including the officer's club and the swamp. There is also a shortage of blood. Hence, many of the regulars are displaced. Eventually, Potter requests "Sentimental Journey" because it reminds him of someone he fell in love with who turned out to be Doris Day. A blood donor finally shows up, but he is totally drunk and refuses to give because he can't stand the sight of blood. But they finally manage to get enough to save a soldier. Radar's radio station eventually gets shut down.
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