Hawkeye writes his dad, describing the antics of the 4077th.



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Episode cast overview:
Buck Young ...
Odessa Cleveland ...
Bonnie Jones ...
Lizabeth Deen ...
P.F.C. (as Bill Katt)
Gary Van Ormand ...
Corporal (as Gary Van Orman)


Just like in the pilot, Hawkeye directs a few words to his father in Maine; this time, in keeping with Christmas spirit, Hawkeye writes them down. Hawkeye describes his first Christmas in Korea: the good Father is giving the camp a Yuletide look...and also helping Klinger make one of his first fashion statements. Trapper is delivering smiles, lollipops and a bouncing baby calf; Radar is delivering a jeep (and a gigantic hernia) to Ottumwa, Iowa. Henry is a much superior friend than superior officer; his lectures on sex are legend because, even with diagrams, no one can figure out how Part A inserts into Person B. The Captains inject Major romantic chaos into "date night" while Hawkeye gets Major bliss from free samples. Trapper has the heart of Santa Claus, but for once, Hawkeye has his red suit. A helicopter is like a noisy sleigh without reindeer... swinging from a rough, rope ladder, SantaHawk and his medical bag are a sight for sore GIs. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Release Date:

17 December 1972 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hawkeye's letter home to his father mentions winter in Vermont. In the novel by Richard Hooker Hawkeye's family is from Maine. A sequel to the novel is titled M*A*S*H goes to Maine. See more »


Father Mulcahy calls Klinger "Goldman" when telling him to flee after striking Major Burns in Post-Op. See more »


Hawkeye: Frank, you are ten of the most boring people I know.
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Featured in M*A*S*H: Abyssinia, Henry (1975) See more »


Jingle Bells
Music by James Pierpont
Played over the loudspeaker
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Just a Bit Too Much
22 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to agree with the previous reviewer. The Dear Dad concept is a fun way to bring vignettes of the various characters into play. Up until the Santa Claus trip things were OK. but there are times when it gets beyond belief. When Hawkey (Santa Claus) is able to drop into a bunker to perform surgery, wouldn't it have made more sense for the helicopter, which obviously was hovering and in just as much danger with or without Hawkey, to be used to airlift the patient out of that bunker? The other stories were less than great but OK. We have Klinger going toe to toe with Frank Burns and wanting to blow him up with a grenade. We have Hawkeye's big smooch with Margaret. And then there's Radar trying to send a jeep home, piece by piece. Oh, well, they didn't always strike gold.

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