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 When all hell breaks loose, will the 18th Amendment be repealed, for good?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
McLean Stevenson ( LTC Henry Blake) does not appear in this episode. See more »
(at around 6 mins) When Father Mulcahy is praying, the set is visible in the background above the tent at the top left hand side of the screen. The light shining down onto Mulcahy is obviously from a spot light as well. See more »
There's just no question. You're alcoholics! You drink constantly!
All right, we drink. We drink so we can get through these lousy, stinking, 48-hour days.
We're cold, filthy, lonely.
Scared, bored, tired.
Frightened and very drowsy.
And on top of that, Alice Faye goes to the big city and loses her voice!
We need a drink!
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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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