M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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38 Across 

A fouled radio call for help on a crossword puzzle leads to a senior officer coming to the 4077th to help with a supposed serious medical problem.


Burt Metcalfe


James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell), Everett Greenbaum | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Dick O'Neill ... Admiral Cox
Oliver Clark ... Lt. Tippy Brooks
Ron Kolman Ron Kolman ... Shapiro
Momo Yashima Momo Yashima ... Korean Mother (as Mo Mo Yashima)
Bill Shinkai Bill Shinkai ... Chinese Patient
Rex Knowles Rex Knowles ... American Patient
Gwen Farrell Gwen Farrell ... Anesthetist


The Swamp Rats are bored right out of their skulls; Frank is over the moon to get a gift: a hand-held box game. Get 14 tiny ball bearings into 14 tiny slots located on the body of a scantily clad girl and win. Hawkeye finds a NY Times crossword puzzle. As they try to save the wounded Chinese POWs in the OR, Father calls out clues, letters and word lengths; Margaret and the doctors help Father fill in some of the answers. The only word they cannot get is 38 Across: five letters, beginning with V meaning "bedbug." Hawkeye remembers his old friend, puzzle expert Tippy Brooks, is a doctor on the Carrier Essex in nearby Pusan Harbor. BJ and Hawkeye get Radar to call and leave Tippy a message: they need Tippy desperately and please call them back. Klinger is out, eating a jeep, piece by piece, with 30-W motor oil for dipping sauce. Potter tells Klinger he needs the jeep for a prisoner exchange. Hawkeye chats with Soo Ling, one of his Chinese patients, who thanks him for fixing his scalp ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

11 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Anna Wallis Sue (1900 - 1969), the woman generally associated with the nickname Seoul City Sue, was a Methodist missionary, educator, and North Korean propaganda radio announcer to United States forces during the Korean War. See more »


After consuming "a couple of bolts, a horn button, part of a windshield wiper, and a condenser," Cpl. Klinger would need major surgery just to stay alive. Even if the surgeons let him try to pass all of this foreign matter naturally Klinger certainly would have been in no shape to drive Adm. Cox and Lt. Brooks to another destination the next morning. See more »


B.J.: It's all a misunderstanding.
Col. Potter: Getting an admiral here for a crossword puzzle? You guys are one for the book.
Hawkeye: I'm sorry.
B.J.: He's sorry.
Col. Potter: You were sorry when you gave Major Burns a chocolate-coated lizard.
Hawkeye: It was Easter.
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Fun and Games
19 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Klinger is eating a jeep. Meanwhile, the boys in the swamp are doing the New York Times Crossword Puzzle. They have one word left. The Yiddish name for a bedbug. Hawkeye calls a guy on a ship who is an expert on Crossword Puzzles. He is in surgery so they leave a message that it is urgent they talk to him. Well, he misunderstands and thinks he needs to head for the MASH unit. He also brings an Admiral with him. This, of course, isn't good. While the chips are falling, a couple truckloads of civilians who have been burned in an accident show up. A decent episode with Hawkeye having egg on his face. Klinger ends up in the hospital weighing a few extra pounds.

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