Trapper John's ulcer flares up and could provide grounds for a medical discharge from the Army.



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Enlisted men will fall into the Mess Tent to receive their physicals while officers will examine themselves and vice versa in private. When it comes to the cream of American military womanhood, doctors can do nothing while alone with them but give them a good going-over. Or so says the new Army regulation. (Go, JAG!) Hotlips gets to play doctor with Hawkeye; as Henry examines the devil's slipcover. Trapper will not allow anyone to examine him...he is worried. Trapper has a million dollar hole in his belly, a real, live duodenal ulcer. Henry and Hawkeye say it is his ticket out of Korea. There's a huge bash planned to send Trapper on his way and Hotlips is a little snoggered. But, those wacky Army regulations... How on earth will Hawkeye (and Hotlips) ever stand it without Trapper? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

22 October 1974 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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When Hawkeye is giving Margaret her physical he puts the cuff of the blood pressure gage around her forearm. The cuff must be around one's upper arm to take an accurate blood pressure. See more »


Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: [They both think Trapper is going home] Thanks, Trap.
Captain John McIntyre: What?
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: You made it bearable. I was lucky. You were honest, and open. You let me lean on you.
Captain John McIntyre: No charge.
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References Gojira (1954) See more »


(I've Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Music by Harry Warren
Portion sung by Gary Burghoff
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He Almost Escaped
5 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Somebody mentioned sexual harassment. One thing this show didn't do a very good job of (at least in the early years) is treat women as equals. Hawkeye and Trapper are always using and abusing women, particularly Margaret. Drinking and having sex with nurses is a sport in these shows. This is really obvious now. The talk is really demeaning. That aside, this episode focuses on Trapper. He is not feeling well and all the symptoms point to a duodenal ulcer. In Hawkeye's view, this is a one way ticket home. As usual, he jumps to conclusions and assumes things that are not final. A big party is planned where everyone gets hammered. I think the issue of alcoholism is addressed in the future, but it certainly dominates their lives. They drink in the morning and before they go to bed and whenever they are tired. That still would be producing pure grain alcohol.

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