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Bananas, Crackers and Nuts 

Hawkeye feigns insanity to prove he needs a leave.



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After hours of surgery with no break, Hawkeye and Trapper yearn for some R&R and come up with an ingenious plan to get some by Hawkeye feigning mental illness. Unfortunately, the plan backfires when the psychiatrist assigned to examine Hawkeye, who also happens to be one of Margaret's former lovers, decides that Hawkeye should be sent to Tokyo immediately for 48 hours of psychiatric evaluation. However, Hawkeye and Trapper soon come up with a plan that will not only save Hawk from the loony bin, but get even with Hot Lips. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Release Date:

5 November 1972 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stuart Margolin, who plays psychiatrist Captain Phillip G. Sherman in this episode, reappears in the second season as plastic surgeon Major Stanley 'Stosh' Robbins. In both episodes, he plays a man who sexually assaults Major Margaret Houlihan. See more »


Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: [Trapper slaps him] I don't think I needed that.
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My Blue Heaven
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by George Whiting
Played over the loudspeaker
Briefly sung by Alan Alda and Wayne Rogers
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They'll Do Anything
21 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't cross these guys. If a group of doctors did what these guys do, it would test the mettle of anyone. Hawkeye is at the breaking point, but Henry takes off, leaving Frank in charge. Of course, R & R is going to be almost impossible and Frank becomes the usual tyrant, incompetently mishandling things. Hawkeye decides to bring in the heavy artillery. He chews out a beautiful nurse after she sort of propositions him, he pretends he is eating a North Korean's liver, and on and on. Instead of giving in, Frank and Margaret call in a psychiatrist (Stuart Margolin) to check on him. He is a cold fish but has a thing for Major Houlihan. He decides to actually have Hawkeye committed to a mental hospital. Now the fun really starts. One of many episodes where Hawkeye deals with authority figures for whom he has no respect.

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