M*A*S*H: Season 2, Episode 9

Dear Dad... Three (10 Nov. 1973)

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Hawkeye pens another letter to his father during a 'typical' day at the 4077th.

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The crew at 4077 is so bored, Frank and Trapper play cards together, as Hawkeye writes his dad. A patient, Conway, who is also an ignorant bigot, wants "the right color" of blood used in his transfusion. A soldier comes into OR with a live grenade that was shot into his body; both patient and doctor survive. Margaret may be a royal pain, but she is always there to assist in the tough cases. At Happy Hour, Henry tells Father Mulcahy how he came to be drafted. The drunken duo decide to add some "color" to Conway's recovery. In Henry's office, Radar screens Blake home movies for Henry, Trapper and Hawkeye. Father Mulcahy boxes a few rounds as Hotlips and Frank practice some strange mating rituals. The 4077 monthly officers' meetings are an ongoing disaster, until they officially end the war. Conway gets a lesson about Dr. Charles Drew and he leaves the 4077 with a lot to think about. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Avec Plaisir is French for 'With Pleasure'. See more »

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Hawkeye and Trapper tell a racist white patient that Dr. Charles Drew, who invented the process to store blood, bled to death after a car crash because he was black and a "whites only" hospital refused to admit him. While Dr. Drew did in fact invent a way to store blood, and died in a car crash, the story surrounding the "whites only" hospital is not true according to his biography. See more »

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Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: [in letter to dad] We just heard General Eisenhower is going to run for president. What some people will do to get out of the Army.
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Makin' Whoopee
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Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
On phonogaph in the Swamp and partially sung by Alan Alda
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Better Letter!
26 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Vignettes of what happens in the compound are what Hawkeye's letters to his dad are all about. In this one we have several unrelated incidents. First of all, a huge grenade is seen in the body of a patient (could this really happen?). Hawkeye must surgically remove it, facing the possibility that it may explode. Another patient tells Hawkeye that the blood he is about to receive must be "white" blood (since Ginger, who is black, is standing nearby). The boys decide to darken his skin while he sleeps so he can face what it would be like to be mistreated because of his color. Henry receives a movie from his wife. It is a birthday party for his little girl. There is also some pretty funny stuff with Henry and his neighbors at a gathering. There is also a hilarious staff meeting. Why Hawkeye and Trapper are on the staff but not the other ranking officers, I don't know. I realize that they are stars, but it seems a bit odd. I guess if we want to compare it with Star Trek (in any of its incarnations) it was always the same five or six people that made all the decisions). Just saying.


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