M*A*S*H: Season 10, Episode 13

A Holy Mess (1 Feb. 1982)

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A special egg breakfast is complicated by a distraught AWOL soldier talking Father Mulcahy into granting him sanctuary in the mess tent during a preceding church service.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pvt. Nick Gillis
Lt. Spears
Roy Goldman ...
Ed Ramirez ...
Wounded G.I.
Bill Snider ...
Dennis Troy ...
Leland Sun ...


An AWOL soldier, Private Nick Gillis, ventures into the 4077th one night with an aim to sneak back home to the states. But, his furious lieutenant and the M.P.'s are after him. That's when Father Mulcahy is persuaded to step up and turn the mess tent into a sanctuary, which protects Gillis from the Army...But for how long? Meanwhile, a farmer they have aided is giving the camp a load of eggs. Real ones, not powdered. It sets the camp's mouthes watering. Unfortunately their eating plans are scrambled because the mess tent is being used as a sanctuary, so where will everybody eat their eggs? It's up to B.J. and Hawkeye to solve that one. It won't be too over-easy. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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Comedy | Drama | War





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1 February 1982 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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When the eggs arrive and the personnel are in the kitchen shouting out their egg orders to the cook, the boom mic can be seen hovering over the cooler. See more »


Pvt. Nick Gillis: [pulls a gun] Move away, Father, I'm getting out of here.
Father Mulcahy: How dare you! You seek refuge in this house of the Lord when it serves your purpose. Then when it's no longer convenient, you desecrate it by pointing a deadly weapon at another human being. Private, a faith of convenience is a hollow faith.
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References Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949) See more »


The Doxology
Written by Thomas Ken
Performed by William Christopher and Cyril O'Reilly
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Special episode.
19 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a great episode. Well written script, compelling story, excellent acting, all rolled up in one half-hour episode. That the writers of a television were able to come up with such a story is remarkable. The chaplain's heroism and the soldier's anguish were aptly portrayed and generated really powerful drama and some strong acting. It's as if the producers of this show had decided that they would try to inject some real drama into the show and explore some topics that some in the audience could find uncomfortable. For this episode deals with questions of ethics and morality that transcend the usual two-dimensional fluff of a Hollywood sitcom and for that reason make this particular episode of MASH special.

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