M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 8

Cowboy (12 Nov. 1972)

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A wounded cowboy is itching to get back to the states to keep his marriage intact, but his request is denied. Henry becomes the target of a mad bomber.



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Episode cast overview:
Major Margaret Houlihan (credit only)
John 'Cowboy' Hodges
John Orchard ...
Patrick Adiarte ...
Joe Corey ...
Goldstein (as Joseph Corey)
Mike Robelo ...
Jean Powell ...


Henry is in an incredibly crotchety mood; neither Trapper nor Hawkeye can kid him out of it. When one of the chopper pilots, Cowboy, is wounded for the umpteenth time, it is not very serious, but Hawkeye sympathizes with him. Cowboy has been expecting a letter from his wife that is long overdue; Hawkeye tries to talk Henry into allowing Cowboy a short leave. Henry is not himself: he sides with Frank, refusing to allow Trapper borrow his jeep, he snaps at Radar and he denies Cowboy's leave. Strange incidents begin to befall Henry (i.e. the latrine blows up with Henry in it). It is driving the entire camp crazy trying to avoid being part of Henry's next accident. Everyone wants their CO to take a trip, for his safety and their sanity. But, will Henry really be safer away from the 4077? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





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12 November 1972 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Hometowns: HAWKEYE: Crabapple Cove, Maine; BJ: Mill Valley, California; MARGARET: Fort Ord, California; POTTER: Hannibal, Missouri; RADAR: Ottumwa, Iowa; KLINGER: Toledo. Ohio; CHARLES: Boston, Massachusetts; BURNS: Fort Wayne, Indiana; HENRY: Bloomington, Illinois; TRAPPER John: Boston, Massachusetts; MULCAHY: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; NURSE KELLYE: Honolulu, Hawaii; SGT RIZZO: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Cowboy: Reno, Nevada. See more »


When Cowboy and Henry are flying around in the helicopter, high tension wires are visible in the background. There were no high tension wires in Korea between 1950-1953. See more »


Henry Blake: Jeep crash. Tent... boom... crash... kill.
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Land Mine Blake
21 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When a guy named "Cowboy," is wounded, he becomes paranoid about what is going on with his wife back home. He requests a leave. The guy is a heroic rescue helicopter pilot with an incredible record. Henry, normally a pushover, denies the leave. At that point, bad things start to happen to Henry. He is shot at while playing golf, a jeep runs through his tent while he is sleeping, and a bomb goes off when he is in the latrine. He suspects Hawkeye and Trapper, but even though they are upset with him, they truly have nothing to do with it. Suddenly, the camp begins to move away from Henry. When he sits down to lunch, all the people at the table leave. Radar sends memos from an outer office, using fishing line and a reel. I don't know if the perpetrator is ever a mystery here, but this is pretty good episode.

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