M*A*S*H: Season 8, Episode 25

April Fools (24 Mar. 1980)

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Spit and polish Colonel Tucker visits the camp at the worst time during April Fool's Day. Klinger, egged on by Sergeant Rizzo, uses reverse psychology to try to get out of the Army.



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Episode cast overview:
Colonel Daniel Webster Tucker
Roy Goldman ...
Jennifer Davis Westmore ...


Spit and polish Colonel Tucker visits the camp at the worst time during April Fool's Day. Klinger, egged on by Sergeant Rizzo, uses reverse psychology to try to get out of the Army.

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Comedy | Drama | War





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24 March 1980 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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The title is based on April Fools' Day or All Fools' Day which is celebrated on April 1 and is marked by the commission of hoaxes and other practical jokes of varying sophistication on friends, family members, enemies, and neighbors. See more »


In the opening scene, Potter is seen slipping on his left boot while Winchester is sitting with his arms folded. After switching to a different camera angle, Potter is seen slipping his left boot on again while Winchester is holding is hands in front of himself. See more »


Col. Sherman T. Potter: HOLY HEMOSTAT!
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References Cleopatra (1934) See more »


The Dream Melody (Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life)
Music by Victor Herbert
Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young
Performed by Alan Alda
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Up to Their Old Tricks
20 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This will always remain my favorite episode of MASH. For those that have never seen it, I will not do anything to spoil it. Suffice it to say that I was totally taken in by it and I still enjoy seeing it every year or so. It's around April 1 and the children are restless. They begin to play juvenile tricks on one another. Potter becomes concerned because a take- no-prisoners Colonel is coming to camp. He is known as the ultimate butt kicker and for having no sense of humor. He also can hold the future of surgical teams in his hands. The gang gets into a pillow fight after Margaret's tent has been stolen, and who should show up just at that time but this Colonel. He immediately has it in for everyone and has no respect for their actions in the operating room. This episode is intricately crafted and delivers the goods. Love it.

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