M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Chief Surgeon Who? 

When Hawkeye is appointed Chief Surgeon over Frank Burns, Burns and Houlihan go over Col. Blake's head to a general to protest the decision.



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Episode cast overview:
Timothy Brown ...
Linda Meiklejohn ...
Pvt. Lorenzo Boone (as Bob Gooden)
Odessa Cleveland ...


The Swamp Rats make fun of Frank as he types a form newsletter to his patients in Indiana called "What's Up Front, Doc?" Hawkeye invents the perfect martini: drink 6 jiggers of gin while staring at a photo of Lorenzo Schwartz, inventor of vermouth as Trapper soaks his feet in bedpans. In the O.R., Frank is humiliated; every doctor, nurse and orderly asks Hawkeye for help and advice and never asks Frank. Henry resolves this touchy issue by appointing Hawkeye Chief Surgeon. But, Frank's typewriter never runs out of ribbon; and General Barker receives a letter from Frank and Hotlips complaining about Hawkeye's promotion. It does not help, when Barker arrives, Hawkeye and Trapper are playing poker, Henry is playing with worms and Spearchucker is playing strip domino with Ginger. Could things possibly get worse? With Klinger on Guard Duty, anything is possible. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

8 October 1972 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first appearance of Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger. See more »


Sorrell Booke plays an Army General in Class A dress uniform and says he is a Doctor but there is no Medical insignia on his uniform. See more »


Gen. Wilson Spaulding Barker: This place is a madhouse, Henry! A nut farm!
Henry Blake: Gee whiz, that's a bit strong, sir.
Gen. Wilson Spaulding Barker: Do you realize you've a man on guard duty who's wearing a skirt?
Henry Blake: Luckily he's got the legs for it.
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Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Helen Deutsch
Played on the phonograph
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No Playing by the Rules
21 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Henry Blake is given the task of finding a chief surgeon. Frank assumes it will be him because he outranks the others. Henry picks Hawkeye because he is far and away the most competent, even though he's a Captain. Of course, this sets Frank and Margaret's wheels in motion as they go over Henry's head to a General. When the General arrives they are throwing a big boozy party for Hawkeye in recognition of his new position. The camp seems to be in total chaos and the General is furious. This is a classic, recurring plot where everything is nuts until the chips are down. Of course, the show is outrageous and pushes the limits of credibility, but the writing is so good and the characters so complex that we are willing to let that go.

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