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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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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8 October 1972 (USA)  »

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In this episode Hawkeye is named as the Chief Surgeon for the unit. In the original movie, MASH (1970), Trapper John was the Chief Surgeon. See more »


At the end of the episode Frank asks Hawkeye for help. Hawkeye proceeds to assist Frank without changing his bloody gloves. See more »


Henry Blake: Burns says the operating room is becoming impossible.
Hawkeye: He's right, I agree. All that blood and everything, and those sick people - it's terrible.
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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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