A hurried relocation to a cave is complicated by Hawkeye revealing he has claustrophobia.


(as William Jurgensen)


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Episode cast overview:
O'Malley (as Mark Taylor)
Enid Kent ...
Charles B. Jenkins ...
Private Lovett (as Charles Jenkins)
Jennifer Davis Westmore ...


From the Post Op, it sounds like the 4077 is caught in a cross-fire of 105s (cannons). An idiot at I Corp refuses to move the fighting because the Signal Operating Instructions (SOI) manual Col. Potter is using was superseded; Potter cannot correctly respond to Victor Zulu. So, Col. Potter orders everyone to evacuate to an abandoned cave, 1/2 mile away, which the Koreans once used as an aid station. Hawkeye is uncharacteristically opposed to the new idea and it becomes apparent he suffers from fear of small spaces: claustrophobia. He ventures inside, but he cannot stay for long. Klinger is the blood bank for Pvt. Lovett; he tells Lovett that he (Klinger), Chuckles and Father Mulcahy all have the same blood type: one is bluer and one is purer, than his own. Margaret confesses her worst fear: loud noises. Private Lovett needs surgery that cannot be done in the cave, so Hawkeye and Margaret bring him back to the 4077 OR, where Hawkeye tries to distract his nurse from hysteria with a ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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claustrophobia | cave | See All (2) »


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Release Date:

5 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of this episode (C*A*V*E) follows the same format and punctuation as the title of the show (M*A*S*H)-four capital letters, each separated by an asterisk (*). This is also the same format used for the short-lived, single episode, 25 minute long, spin off show featuring Gary Burghoff as Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly in W*A*L*T*E*R (1984). See more »


This episode centers around Hawkeye's claustrophobia, but there have been numerous episodes showing him dealing with what would be deemed claustrophobic, as well as general issues with routine spaces like the latrine, the shower and his tent. See more »


Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: [calming his patients] We're safe as long as they keep aiming at us.
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References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

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Claustrophobia, the Great Equalizer
12 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Due to friendly fire, shells are falling around the unit. They are forced to leave and find refuge in a cave. It becomes obvious that Hawkeye can't go more than a few feet into the cave. What transpires after we see evidence of his incredible fear, is a series of events leading to a return to the camp in order to assist a patient. There is one of those scenes at the beginning where Potter talks to a smug bureaucratic Major who tells him that there are no bombs falling in their sector. A patient named O'Malley is in grave danger if he isn't near a medical facility. Potter needs to have everyone on board but it does present problems. If you've ever suffered from this malady, it can be devastating.

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