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 Potter is using was superseded; Potter cannot correctly respond to Victor Zulu.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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Plot Keywords:

claustrophobia | cave | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama | War





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 (*). 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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Survival At Its Best!!
23 July 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Colonel Potter contacted Sergeant Bartruff about the shelling striking the 4077th. Obviously, Captain Pierce, Captain Hunnicutt, and Corporal Klinger were becoming targets of the surprised shelling near and around the camp. Colonel Potter spoke to Sergeant Bartruff at headquarters over the telephone about the demise ... all to no availability. The Sergeant claimed the Colonel had an outdated SRO Book in reference to the password for official identification.

Captain Hunnicutt and his doctors -- naturally -- helped Private O'Malley move directly to the evacuation bus directly to the cave with the help of a Thomas Splint. Everyone arrived at the cave to avoid the shelling from the North Koreans and the Chinese. Captain Pierce -- much to Colonel Potter's unexpected surprise -- suffered from claustrophobia in the first part of the episode. By the time the shelling became extremely prevalent, Captain Pierce reluctantly entered the cave. Much to his surprise, his patient was not recovering too well from surgery.

Major Houlihan and Captain Pierce took the patient back to the 4077th for a second round of surgery -- all to remove a bleeder inside his body. During the surgery, they played twenty questions -- as a game -- to ignore the shelling that occurred outside the camp. The shelling finally stopped in its entirety towards the end of the episode. The end result: A Fat 10.6!! "A++!!"

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