M*A*S*H: Season 7, Episode 9

Baby, It's Cold Outside (13 Nov. 1978)

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The 4077th is forced to use extreme measures to save a group of soldiers suffering from hypothermia, while Klinger suffers temporary deafness after a mine explosion on his watch.



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Episode cast overview:
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Terry Wills ...
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David Cramer ...


When the temperature falls to new lows, the camp suffers. The wounded come in with low temperatures and frostbite. Winchester gets a winter suit from his parents and generously gives the gloves to Margaret, a gesture he immediately regrets and tries to undo. Written by Kathy Hofmann

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Comedy | Drama | War





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13 November 1978 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the song "Baby, It's Cold Outside" with words and music by Frank Loesser. See more »


The explosions which cause Klinger's hearing loss are (according to Col. Potter) land mines which are triggered by the cold. But the few explosions that we see take place next to tents or otherwise close to the camp - a highly unlikely location to place a mine field. See more »


Features Sun Valley Serenade (1941) See more »


I Hear Music
Music by Burton Lane
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Performed by Jamie Farr
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Hamming it up
6 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While I enjoyed some aspects of this episode; especially Father Francis Mulcahy, and Colonel Potter. But this episode suffers from poor direction. In my opinion this cast tended to think they were acting on Broadway or in opera where over acting is necessary to make sure people in the back rows get the idea. But since this television it just looks silly some times. In this story line the actors are supposed to be suffer in the cold in Korea where it can get exceedingly cold. I was part of MASH unit in Germany, and spent two winters living in tents in northern Germany, and along the Checkoslovakian border. The actors endless going on, and silly fretting about the cold was tedious. Yes, you have to work at staying warm, but this cast, and director, don't seem to know how to do it in a convincing way. Also the sub plot about Charles coat was just plain irritating to watch. Not because of Charles, but because of the way the other characters reactions were written in close knit units like MASH units this kind of constant bickering about things that another has found or been sent to keep warm. It's my experience most are glad to see at least someone got lucky. That's not to say that item might not disappear if not watched over. My whole point is this cast including writers and directors frequently damage and otherwise good story by hammy over the top performances. One of the few cast members to almost never to fall into this behavior is William Christopher.

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