M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Dear Uncle Abdul 

Resigned to staying for his term of service, Klinger writes home about his job, which includes appeasing the officers' eccentricities. A home-bound patient says goodbye to the slow-witted buddy who saved his life in battle.


(as William Jurgensen)


Airs Thu. Aug. 31, 7:36 PM on TVLAND



Episode cast overview:
Alexander Petale ...
Cpl. Hank Fleming


All the 4077 love to write home; this time, Klinger writes to Uncle Abdul. In OR, Potter mentions the difference between the World Wars and the Korean "police action." There are no snappy slogans and no "Over There." Hawkeye gets a letter from his father with a joke which he claims is the world's funniest clean joke. BJ says he is not impressed. Father Mulcahy writes a Korean War song--the ditty needs work. Hawkeye gets really ticked off when BJ has the entire camp laughing over his father's joke. BJ claims he tells it better. A mentally "slow" GI, Eddie, is looking for Cpl. Hank Fleming, his friend and mentor. The doctors are amazed that the U.S. Army would allow a private like Eddie in a combat zone; but, according to Dave, a member of his unit, Eddie is a very good soldier as long as he is not left alone. It was Eddie who bandaged Hank and then carried him to safety, saving Hank's life. Buddies like that are hard to find. Poor Margaret: her foot locker has a busted lock. She wants ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

3 December 1979 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: I'm writing my Uncle Abdul about what it's like over here-doctors, nurses, saving lives. Well, I got a commanding officer who dresses me up in his clothes and sits me on a horse named Sophie so he can paint his own picture. There's a priest writing war ditties. And a snooty major who pays me twenty bucks to go out into the woods with him and watch him blow up a pigeon with a land mine. And if that doesn't beat all, I got a head nurse who shoots unarmed luggage. All you guys do is tell jokes. ...
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The "Joke"
17 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As Klinger writes to his uncle, there are some interesting goings on going on. The first has to do with a joke that Hawkeye tells B.J. It involves a guy in a circus who can fly. It isn't really all that funny but the episode tells us it is. B. J. doesn't react to the joke but then later tells it himself. People are in stitches. This leads to a kind of Joke-off where the results really aren't conclusive. Other events involve a slow thinking soldier who has always depended on another soldier to take care of him. The guy is going to be shipped home after a throat injury and the kid is really worried. Potter uses Klinger to pose for a painting. Charles gets a new shotgun and used Klinger as a bird dog. There are other things, but it's the usual letter-home plot with different vignettes.

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