It's Christmas time in Korea, and everybody's depressed--especially Father Mulcahy, who is concerned that he isn't making a difference to anyone.



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Episode cast overview:
Lawrason Driscoll ...
Jeff Maxwell ...
Patrick Driscoll ...
Perren Page ...
Driver (as W. Perren Page)
Jo Ann Thompson ...


Christmas is coming; this time, Father Mulcahy is the one writing home to his sister the Sister. Francis feels like he is not doing enough. As he collects money to buy toys and candy for the orphans at St. Theresa's, Chuckles rebuffs Father horribly. Radar asks Father to bless the O'Reilly's pregnant cow, Edna. Klinger is blue, he misses Packo's hot dogs, Toledo and Laverne; Margaret is blue: she was married to a skunk. Father has to punch Lt. Forrester to keep him still when he tangles with Margaret in triage; Father is devastated when the officer gets nasty with him. Francis tells Hawkeye he feels like he hangs around on the edge of effectiveness. The Christmas blues infect all of the officers and Col. Potter says: "If you ain't where you are, you're no place." BJ plays Santa; eggnog and gifts flow in the mess tent. For once, Chuckles is near tears and his eyes are aglow: Father saves him by a simple act of kindness. The gang sings "Dona Nobis Pacem" as casualties arrive. Francis ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

18 December 1978 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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In the beginning of the episode, the surgeons have just finished a long surgery session and are sitting together, exhausted. Radar comes and asks Father Mulcahy to come to the phone quickly, as Radar's cow in Iowa is giving birth, and his mother is on the phone. They run to Radar's office, where Winchester is there, miffed that Radar's call is getting through before his call will. Winchester was there in the post-op with all the other exhausted surgeons. He managed to shower, dress and get to Radar's office well before Radar and Mulcahy, who are running, arrive. See more »


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The Misuse of a Good Father
11 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This continues a common plot. A letter home. It's Christmas and Father Mulcahy is overcome with sadness over his lack of importance in the camp. No one goes to his services. He does menial jobs in the camp, including bartending. No one wants to go to confession. He tries to do what he can to help wherever possible. One night a group of wounded soldiers comes in. One of them gets violent and slugs the Father. In anger, he slugs the guy back, but it sets off a series of repercussions (by the way, the guy probably had it coming). He goes into a state of deep depression. He is not alone because everyone else is sad and lonely, thinking about what Christmas used to be. This has one of my favorite conclusions of all the MASH episodes.

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