M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Joker Is Wild 

It's another M*A*S*H prankathon. This time, Hawkeye appears to be the marked man after menial practical jokes happen to everyone in camp, but him. Will they get him too? Or is Hawkeye already the victim of an even larger practical joke?

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Burt Metcalfe
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Cast

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
Jamie Farr ... Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Clyde Kusatsu ... Capt. Paul Yamato
David Haid David Haid ... Pvt. Leightman
Jeff Maxwell ... Igor Straminsky
Jin-Taek Yi Jin-Taek Yi ... Korean Soldier
Terry Moyer Terry Moyer ... Nurse
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Storyline

It's time for another annual M*A*S*H prankathon. B.J. starts by nailing Hawkeye's shoes to the floor so when trying to put them on, Pierce takes a header. He felt that to be a stupid, childish prank. At dinner, B.J. swears he will pull the ultimate prank on everybody. Hawkeye wasn't afraid, until menial practical jokes happen to everybody around him: Father Mulcahy's food had been spiked, Klinger's file explodes, Charles finds a snake in his bed, the back of Margaret's robe had been cut out, and something other than toothpaste was occupying Colonel Potter's toothpaste tube. Hawkeye fears he has become a marked man for a prank even bigger than those what befell his friends. When and where will it happen? Or...Has it already happened? Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Final series appearance of Clyde Kusatsu, whose other three appearances include a guest star role as suicidal soldier Michael Yee, and two episodes playing Kwang Duk, the sarcastic bartender in the Officer's Club. See more »

Goofs

When Hawkeye is in the mess tent asking about the carrots and peas or beans, he jerks Igor's hand, spilling a significant amount of peas into the beans. A moment later (after a scene cut) the peas are gone. See more »

Quotes

Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III: Hunnicut, if there is a God, there will be a time in your life when you are in dire straits and in desperate need of a wealthy, influential friend. When that time comes, I pray you will turn to me so I can laugh in your face.
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Connections

References The Joker Is Wild (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

You're the Top
(uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Portion sung by Alan Alda on the mess tent table
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The Joke's the Thing!
3 May 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a fine episode. There is talk one morning that Trapper John was the best of the best when it came to practical jokes. B. J. tells the gang that a great joke would be to get each of them in a 24 hour period. Soon things begin to happen. Charles has a snake in his bed, Potter's toothpaste becomes shaving cream, Mulcahy chokes on his pepper filled food, and Margaret has a piece of her robe cut out in the back. Pierce has said that under no circumstances will he get pranked. He goes into a defensive stance, peeking around corners, refusing to eat or drink, hiding, tearing the Swamp apart. He even builds a bed, surrounded by barbed wire, out in the compound. The conclusion is second only to the April Fools episode in its like mindedness. Excellent.


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