A wounded soldier who has been laying in stagnant water is brought into the Mash O/R. The smell is noticed by Hawkeye and seems to strike a personal chord. Afterwards he starts sneezing uncontrollably day and night. When Sydney Freeman is called, they both discover an intense memory from Hawkeye's past about a childhood accident that he has creatively "re-written' to hide an ugly truth. Written by
I put my fishing rod down on this blue... wooden seat in the middle of this boat... and I stood up to get some more bait. Then I went into the water. I remember there was laughing right before I went in, and then I didn't hear anything, and then I couldn't hear anything, I couldn't see anything, there was just... all this water. And I remember, I tried to scream and nothing came out. Then this hand came down, grabbed my collar and yanked me out.
Maj. Sidney Freedman:
But how did you get INTO the water?
I stood up...
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I've always loved this episode, even if it is pretty incredible. The camp is awakened by casualties coming in. The men are in various situations of disrepair. One of them has lice; one other has fallen into a water filled ditch and smells of mold and stagnant water. After finishing in the Operating Room, Hawkeye begins to sneeze. He sneezes uncontrollably all night and into the next day. Everyone tries to help, but nothing works. Soon he begins to think he is going to die. Allergy tests reveal nothing. Finally, he is relieved of surgery until things can be sorted out. Potter decides it's something psychological and sends for Sidney Freedman. The only problem is that this is a half hour show and the results of his visit are pretty remarkable. Still, it is kind of neat how everything gets put back together.
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