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Rally 'Round the Flagg, Boys 

A patient accuses Hawkeye of being a Communist sympathizer when he operates on a Korean soldier ahead of an American. As a result, Colonel Flagg attempts to recruit Winchester to spy on Hawkeye.


Harry Morgan


Mitch Markowitz, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

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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
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Edward Winter ... Col. Samuel Flagg
Neil Thompson Neil Thompson ... Cpl. Basgall
James Carroll ... MP (as James Lough)
Jerry Fujikawa ... Hung Pak
Bob Okazaki Bob Okazaki ... Doo Pak
Roy Goldman ... Roy Goldman


The 4077's favorite undercover Section 8, Colonel Sam Flagg (Edward Winter) makes one of his counterintelligence visits. The episode starts with a game of bridge; Hawkeye is not as adept a bidder as he is a surgeon. Hawkeye treats a wounded North Korean officer before he treats an American GI because the enemy was almost dead. Col. Flagg appears in Potter' office, indignant when Col. Potter readily admits an enemy officer is recuperating in Post Op: did Flagg work over an informant just for fun? Radar swears they reported it; Flagg has written authorization to speak to Hawkeye and the enemy officer. His "talk" with Hawkeye goes queerly. Col. Flagg is Technicolor tripping: Hawkeye operated on "a yellow Red before a white American, which is pretty pinko." BJ thinks Hawkeye is much too hot-headed when he yells at a crazed patient, but BJ learns to walk in his pal's boots when that same patient tries to clobber Hawkeye. Chuckles did not agree with Hawkeye over the original triage order so... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

14 February 1979 (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?


This was the last appearance of Col. Flagg (Edward Winter), but he did return as Col. Flagg on After M.A.S.H. (Season 2 Episode 4). See more »


When Flagg finishes talking to Charles from the trashcan, he is forced to hide by the approach of a soldier from the mess hall. After he lowers the lid on the can he is supposedly hiding in, the can is rocking back and forth and continue to do so up to when the soldier empties his tray into the can. If the can had a bottom and something as heavy as a man were in it, it wouldn't rock back and forth. The weight would anchor the can. See more »


Colonel Flagg: Nobody leaves till I do and I never do.
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References Going My Way (1944) See more »


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Harry Morgan's Finest Epiosde!!
25 August 2008 | by elliselSee all my reviews

"Rally 'Round The Flagg, Boys" had the introduction of four people playing bridge in Colonel Potter's tent. Hung Pak and Doo Pak were about to win big with a grand slam run in the tent. All choppers and ambulances were coming to the 4077th for another round of surgery. Captain Pierece was telling Private Basgall that the Chinese Prisoner Of War patient had a subdural hematoma. Major Winchester was furious at Captain Pierce having surgery on a Chinese soldier instead of an American soldier. Private Basgall was shocked and confused about the snafu.

Private Basgall was undergoing surgery at Captain Hunicutt's table. He mouthed off at Captain Pierce for his actions. Captain Pierce was about to clamp his mouth shut for his smart mouth in Act One of the episode. Major Flagg was ready to nail Captain Pierce for operating a Chinese solider instead of American soldier in surgery; he wanted him nailed for his misdeed. Captain Pierce gave him the finger.

Major Winchester was surprised at Colonel Flagg's presence at camp. He was hiding inside a trash can outside the mess tent. A proposition was useful for Major Winchester; his hope was heading home to Boston upon successfully nailing Captain Pierce and Colonel Potter in association with a "spy ring." How Dubious But Intriguing!! After some coaxing, Major Winchester -- with reluctance -- decided to help Colonel Flagg find the participants in this "game."

Private Basgall entered "The Swamp" to deal with Captain Pierce. He was about to injure Captain Pierce with his cane; he demanded that he and his friend be evacuated the same day. Captain Pierce told him to head back to the post-operation tent before he would regret his childish acts. Captain Hunnicutt was about to break Basgall's neck after his tirade at Captain Pierce. Only then did Captain Hunnicutt notice his injuries to his shoulders; he was sorry for not being aware of his situation. Practicing what one preached was the rule in the script.

Towards the end of Act Two, Major Winchester, Colonel Flagg, and his officers were ready to destroy this "spy ring" in his tent. Major Winchester and Colonel Flagg had arrested the involved participants in his tent. Colonel Potter -- in his obvious manner -- found out that "Mr. X" and Mr. Y" were actually Hung Pak and Doo Pak in the bridge game. In all actuality, Major Winchester set up Colonel Flagg for his own fall. The former was a head of police in Uijongbu; the latter was an actual mayor of Uijongbu. A Brilliant 16!! Enjoy!!

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