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Margaret's Marriage 

Pressured by Frank, Margaret decides to marry Colonel Donald Penobscott at the 4077th. When Donald arrives in camp, he is treated to a bachelor party and a practical joke while the nurses give Margaret a bridal shower.


Gene Reynolds


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

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Episode credited cast:
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
Beeson Carroll Beeson Carroll ... Lt. Col. Donald Penobscott
Judy Farrell Judy Farrell ... Nurse Able
Patricia Stevens ... Lt. Baker, RN
Lynne Marie Stewart ... Lt. Clark, RN
Kellye Nakahara ... Lt. Kellye Yamato, RN
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Peters Mary Peters ... Lieutenant Peters


A little wave of jealousy ripples through O.R.: Ferret Face heckles Margaret about her absent fiance and their "no wedding date" engagement. Margaret calls Donald and tells him what Frank said and Lt. Col. Penobscott (Beeson Carroll) rushes to the 4077. He says he wants to talk to Frank. The couple asks Father Mulcahy to marry them and all of the officers are thrilled but, Frank has a case of the runs. The nurses give Margaret a bachelorette party and Klinger crashes, bearing a touching gift. The guys throw Donald's Stag Smoker in The Swamp...all parties are beyond drunk and filled with jocularity. The Swamp Rats want a special surprise for Margaret...but how can they wrap Donald like a present? Margaret is a radiant bride in white, on the arm of Colonel Potter and Klinger is resplendent in lilac; even Hawkeye is clad in his Class A uniform. A helicopter and truck cut the ceremony short. After O.R., the happy couple is put on a helicopter to Tokyo. Margaret is so, so happy, she even ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

15 March 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?


Reported to have been intended as the swan song for the character of Margaret, as she finally got married to the career military man of her dreams, flying off with him to Tokyo, leaving the dead-end affair with Frank Burns behind. However, actress Loretta Swit came back for Season 6 and Larry Linville did not, so Margaret's character continued to be fleshed out and Burns was replaced by Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III. See more »


In the opening sequence in the O.R., when Frank Burns criticizes Major Houlihan's boyfriend Donald Penobscott for his inability to commit to marrying her, he (Burns) says "No ring, no wedding date." However, earlier in the same season, when Margaret returns from Tokyo, she shows Burns the engagement ring that Penobscott had given her. See more »


Bridal Chorus
(From Lohengrin)
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at wedding
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The Last Rites of Frank Burns
22 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

After there is a lot of teasing about Major Houlihan's engagement, Donald Penobscot comes to the camp with the intention of marrying. They have only 48 hours to do the deed. Of course, Frank is a complete ass, but he is also scared to death that Donald is aware of his previous relationship with Margaret. In reality, he asks Frank to be his best man. Hawkeye and BJ decide to give the bridegroom a "smoker." I guess that's what we would call a bachelor party. The nurses do the same for Margaret. All the guys get totally loaded and Donald passes out. While in this condition (on the eve of his wedding) the guys put him in a body cast, claiming he broke both his legs. Finally, the wedding takes place. Donald has to be moved around manually as the vows are taken. Mulcahy does the honors, but just as they are finishing, a number of wounded are brought in. The ending is quite touching.

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