With Henry in Tokyo giving a lecture, Frank turns into Carry Nation. He calls Trapper and Hawkeye alcoholics; his surveys show 57.230% of all military personnel in the Asian theatre have a drinking problem. So Frank declares Prohibition. Fr. Mulcahy is asked to give a temperance lecture and he has a packed house; naturally, he is a bit nervous. He is better with the standards. Klinger suggests a "bracer" that will take the good priest there and back again. When all hell breaks loose, will the 18th Amendment be repealed, for good? Written by
The Bible verse which is repeated by Father Mulcahey is Leviticus 10:9. See more »
Previously, in "Officers Only" Frank brags to Hawkeye and Trapper that he pulled some strings with General Hammond and got the officers club put in while they were away in Tokyo. He's even seen inside with Margaret drinking Shirley Temples. Yet, as soon as Frank is left in charge while Henry is away for a week, he boards up the officers club, takes the still out of the swamp, and essentially bans all alcoholic beverages in camp due to his extreme dislike of drinking. See more »
Anyone caught with an intoxicating beverage will be severely disciplined.
I'll drink to that.
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I guess the message here is that alcoholism is a laughing matter. This series, which will always remain one of my favorites, really glorifies drunkenness. The two doctors who are central here are on the sauce continually. It makes one wonder how they can be so accomplished. I know it's fiction, but there is such a thing as verisimilitude, and the imbibing goes on endlessly. That said, I will keep my moralistic nose out of this. The episode involves Frank once again taking command while Henry is away. He decides to make the camp dry. Radar is forced to take down the still. The guys eventually begin to question their own behavior. The sad thing is that this is seen as silly and unproductive. There are some wonderful moments here involving Father Mulcahy. One is his story about a film about a couple of men who take different paths when it comes to sexual experimentation. The guy who goes to the trailer with the girl has a sorry ending. Later, when he tries to give a temperance sermon, Klinger gives him a triple shot of whiskey to calm his nerves. Imagine the sermon. It's a funny episode but there are some messages that aren't all that healthy if you've ever been there.
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