M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 12

Dear Dad (17 Dec. 1972)

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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)


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

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Comedy | Drama | War

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17 December 1972 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Henry Blake: [stammering] Uh, now, uh, the, uh,
[clears throat]
Henry Blake: excuse me, uh, the, uh, union of, uh, figure A, man, and, uh, figure B, uh, the, uh, woman...
[chuckles from lecture audience]
Henry Blake: ...is the most s-sublime expression of, uh, romantic love. However, only in the institution of marriage is it recommended that this expression take place.
Trapper: Uh, sir?
Henry Blake: Mm-hmm?
Trapper: Um, what happens in the event that, um, figure A is attracted to figure B and wants to get married, but figure A is already married to, say, figure C, ...
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References South Pacific (1958) See more »


Joy to the World
Music by Lowell Mason
Played over the loudspeaker
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Come on!!!
24 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Who wrote this? Was this a case of writers block so they threw together a bunch of ideas from a cookie jar. The dear dad concept was used again later to much better effect. And in fairness this review is written on an episode watched on TV so a lot of the plot was cut out for commercials. But the biggest insult to the intelligence is sending a surgeon to fox hole to heart surgery. And he performs this miracle in a full Santa Claus suit. Supposedly he's so rushed he can't even take time to take the pillow padding that supposed to give Santa his physique. Our intrepid Santa is lowered from helicopter dressed in red and white in the middle of fire fight to preform heart surgery with no equipment and no help. A very frustrating story line to watch.

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