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
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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