M*A*S*H: Season 3, Episode 11

Adam's Ribs (26 Nov. 1974)

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After literally being fed up with mess hall food, Hawkeye goes on a desperate quest to order barbecue spare ribs from his favorite restaurant, Adam's Ribs, at Dearborn Station in Chicago.



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Episode cast overview:
Major Margaret Houlihan (credit only)
Joseph Stern ...
Master Sgt. Tarola
Major Pfiefer
Jeff Maxwell ...


Hawkeye leads a Mess mutiny against a river of liver and an ocean of fish; Henry gives him a semi-private chewing out for the mess in Mess. As Hawkeye idly plays with the office skeleton, Henry uses the word "rib." A light bulb illuminates and leads to some of the most complicated, precision maneuvers since WWII and Operation Overlord. Everyone has had a "taste" for a particular food or meal that cannot be satisfied by anything less than the actual food... and it is usually requires some effort. But, Hawkeye's craving is 20,000 miles away! Will Hawkeye get his special meal, and his special sauce? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





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26 November 1974 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mildred seems to be a "running name" on M*A*S*H. Henry's wife was originally called Mildred. Potter's wife was Mildred. In this episode, Trapper's old fling (who they call to pickup the package) was named Mildred. See more »


During Hawkeye's mess-tent rebellion, a patch of blue "sky" from the interior set can be seen in the upper-right-hand corner of the picture, as part of the tent has been pulled aside to accommodate the camera crew. See more »


[about his uncle]
Klinger: He'd kill for me. He'd kill for you. For $100, he'd kill for anyone.
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References Adam's Rib (1949) See more »

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A Rib, A Rib, My Kingdom for a Rib
6 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've probably seen this episode fifteen times and that "river of liver and an ocean of fish" line is pretty memorable. If you put that aside, the whole thing is a bit ludicrous. If it weren't for a series of really benevolent people, few of whom share in the spoils, it could not happen. The former girlfriend of Trapper who gets the stuff on a plane for them deserves a medal. Why should she go through all this trouble. There are times when Trapper and, especially Hawkeye, are like spoiled children. Granted, they are portrayed as amazingly skilled surgeons, but they frequently lust after things that others routinely do without. Hawkeye is tired of the food and wants ribs. But it has to be "the" ribs. There are probably ribs in Tokyo or other nearby places that he could have dined on. But they need to come from Chicago. Anyway, they do present the usual army snafus that prevent a normal operation. Still, there is a back and forth with this camp where one day they seem to have all they could need and the next, they need so much. The writers are often inconsistent in how they portray the camp setting and the needs.

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