M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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A Holy Mess 

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.






Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pvt. Nick Gillis
Lt. Spears
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





Release Date:

1 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Hawkeye and B.J. are announcing the plans to have breakfast outdoors, Charles and Margaret are seen walking up behind the crowd twice. 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
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Performed by William Christopher and Cyril O'Reilly
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Eggs and Sanctuary
28 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are two things going on here. The one important plot involves a private who has gone AWOL after finding out that his fiancée back in the states has given birth. The kicker is that he has been in Korea for a year. He has lost his will and wants to go home. Mulcahy performs his services in the mess tent but the soldier comes and asks for sanctuary. A lieutenant is waiting to arrest him. Even though JAG says that he hasn't this right, it continues. Meanwhile the camp is in an uproar. For the first time in a year, some real eggs have been given to the camp. The fact that the mess tent is in use is keeping them from enjoying their breakfast. Tension is running high. The Father does all he can to keep this guy safe. It's an interesting problem with a lot of implications.

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