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

Dear Dad, Again (4 Feb. 1973)

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Hawkeye is bored and tired, the best time to pen another missive to his father. He describes Klinger's sheer white wedding gown, which does little to hide his white boxer shorts but is ... See full summary »


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Hawkeye is bored and tired, the best time to pen another missive to his father. He describes Klinger's sheer white wedding gown, which does little to hide his white boxer shorts but is better than Hawkeye's naked dining fiasco. There is more fun to be had over Hotlips' recent tiff with Frank; he got drunk on gin and confided that his own brother used to call him Ferret Face. Radar is now a real, honest to goodness mail order graduate. But, Captain Casey, the new boy genius of their surgical team, is not really a doctor; Hawkeye's failure to throw the book at him causes Casey to reassess his career choices: and an R.C. priest named Schwartz is born. Henry conducts the doctors playing and Hotlips singing "My Blue Heaven" but no one is listening. Hotlips is really selling it, but it is hard to get the Army behind any color but olive drab, Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





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4 February 1973 (USA)  »

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(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 »


During the song "My Blue Heaven" Radar begins playing his drum kit with brushes. In the next shot he now is playing with sticks. When the song finishes he is playing with the brushes again. See more »


Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: [writing a letter to his dad] It's very quiet at the moment, Dad. The only man in sight is Radar O'Reilly, an amazing kid. I've never put much stock in E.S.P. but if it is possible for one person to read another person's mind Radar has that ability, the little fink.
[Radar passes by]
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Is that a nice thing to say?
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References A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) See more »


Maple Leaf Rag
Music by Scott Joplin
Played on piano by William Christopher
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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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