M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 18

Dear Dad, Again (4 Feb. 1973)

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Hawkeye pens another letter to his father, detailing the day-to-day insanity of living in the camp, including a bet with Trapper that nobody will notice if Hawkeye dines naked. A new ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
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Captain Casey
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Hawkeye pens another letter to his father, detailing the day-to-day insanity of living in the camp, including a bet with Trapper that nobody will notice if Hawkeye dines naked. A new surgeon, Captain Casey, does brilliant work but has dubious credentials. Written by N R

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Comedy | Drama | War





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4 February 1973 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Frank got his nickname "Ferret Face", not from Hawkeye, but from his brother as a child. He confesses this to Hawkeye after getting drunk on gin from the Swamp's still. See more »


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Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: A white wedding gown?
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One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Larry Linville
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23 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hawkeye writes his father again and again we see the day to day activities of the 4077 MASH. Hawkeye is so caught up in the boredom and complacency of the unit, that he bets Trapper that he can walk naked into the mess tent without being noticed. The second main plot involves a man who is an incredible surgeon. He has been an amazing help to the unit as Hawkeye points out what a step up he is from Frank Burns. It turns out this guy is not legally a doctor which brings about some moral decisions. While this is going on, Radar has been doing a correspondence course to get his high school diploma. He tries to sneak some paperwork by Henry Blake which leads to a hilarious scene. Gary Burghoff and McLean Stevenson had great comedic timing and it works well here.

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