The 4077 receives a patient who is a bumbler at the front but regular gourmet in the mess tent. The surgical staff try and convince Potter to keep him but he flatly refuses. He has enough trouble as it is, his marriage is in danger.
The senior staff's attempt to help a nurse enter medical school to become a doctor is complicated by her unwanted romantic advances towards Father Mulcahy. Only Charles is unaffected by a drought and water shortage.
When soldier needs an aorta or else he could be paralyzed. And when another soldier is brain dead but still alive, they have to decide if they should remove his aorta to save the other and they only have 20 minutes to decide.
Resigned to staying for his term of service, Klinger writes home about his job, which includes appeasing the officers' eccentricities. A home-bound patient says goodbye to the slow-witted buddy who saved his life in battle.
During a lull in casualties, friction occurs when Charles and B.J. try to write an article for a prestigious journal on a procedure they'd performed. Margaret discovers more about herself through a visit from Scully.
Everyone at the 4077 is so cranky, cold and bored, BJ decides the only way to uplift spirits is to "borrow" Hawkeye's birthday. Hawkeye is not amused. Captain Anthony Borelli (Robert Alda) visits the 4077 to lecture about peripheral nerve grafting to replace entire segments of skin. Borelli has always really annoyed Hawkeye. When the surgeon is injured at the Battalion Aid Station, Hawkeye rushes to volunteer for duty, just to avoid Borelli. But Borelli insists on accompanying him--so Hawkeye "borrows" BJ's wedding anniversary to substitute for his birthday. After ...
Pierce is upset by the fact that civilian doctors are making a lot of money off the war, and decides to bill the army for all his work. Meanwhile, Winchester is reluctantly showing 3 Korean doctors American medical techniques, putting them down all the while, until he is on the receiving end of their expertise.