M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Trapper writes a letter to his daughter, Shirley Temple dances, and the 4077th tries to take a mental break from GIs suffering from hypothermia and post-op bleeding by throwing a benefit picnic for the orphanage.


Alan Alda

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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Wayne Rogers ... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
McLean Stevenson ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
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
Patricia Stevens ... Lt. Brown, RN
Kellye Nakahara ... Lt. Charlie, RN
Johnny Haymer ... Sgt. Zelmo Zale


Henry Blake will tell everything he knows about sex. Actually, he speaks on birth control; all 18 of the UN peace-keeping forces are cautioning their men not to "litter" Korea. Margaret asks Frank for a loan to help her sister and he refuses. Trapper writes his 7-year old, Becky, about his life in Korea. He describes Dr. Pierce as a good egg, but grumpy in the a.m.; Dr. Burns is "sort of like a substitute teacher that stays all year." Trapper tells Becky about a case of hypothermia Frank pronounced dead without first checking the carotid artery. Not even Shirley Temple can keep Klinger and Zale from fighting. Poor Henry loses a patient and he is upset. The guys want him to unwind with the 4077 at the 1st annual Polly Adler B'day cookout, picnic and BBQ with proceeds to Sr. Theresa's Korean orphans. All booths are doing well except for Klinger's gypsy $1.00 per kiss booth: you would not believe what the nurses expect for a dollar! But Henry is not having fun. Hotlips is frosty to Frank... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

14 January 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It is revealed that Margaret has a younger sister who is getting married. See more »


Surgeons using disposable latex gloves. These were not developed until the late 1960s. See more »


Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: [Trapper and Hawkeye are talking during the movie] Will you sirs kindly mind? It's Shirley Temple!
Trapper: She's not really a kid, Radar.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Her mother stunted her growth - made her sleep in a short bed and smoke. She's 42 years old.
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Frank the Cheapskate
6 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Once again vignettes of events taking place in the camp. Trapper is the reporter this time. Margaret wants to buy a gift for her sister's wedding and needs to borrow some money from Frank. He refuses to loan it to her, and she ignores him the rest of the episode. Much of the episode involves a picnic for the orphans with the usual relay races, sack races, an, of course, the tug of war. There is no great direction here other than the fact that the loan is still in question. Frank acquiesces but insists on five percent interest. One of the mysteries of this series is why Margaret keeps going back to this guy. He offers her nothing.

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