While local orphans attend a Christmas party in the mess tent, Hawkeye, B.J., and Margaret try to save the life of a critically injured solider so that his family won't think of Christmas as the day that their father died.
It's Christmas time again. The surgeons and staff are throwing a Christmas party in the mess tent, and the children from the local orphanage are coming to join in the fun. B.J. donates a box of fudge from Peg and Charles donates some smoked oysters. Everybody in camp thinks Charles is a Scrooge, but, under the cover of darkness that night, Charles generously and anonymously donates packages of chocolate bars from home to the orphanage. The Christmas party takes off without a hitch. Colonel Potter dresses as Santa Claus and the children are having fun, but Hawkeye, B.J., and Margaret miss out on the festivities when a mortally wounded man lands in pre-op. When learning the man is a husband and loving father, B.J. tries with all his might and skill to delay the man's death so his family won't remember this Christmas as they day their daddy died. Will they succeed? Or will they somehow be able to move the hands of time so the man makes it until after Christmas? Written by
Colonel Potter is the third, and final, cast member to play Santa Claus at the 4077th. Hawkeye and B.J. each played Santa: Hawkeye in "Dear Dad" (1972), where he misses the orphans' Christmas party and is helicoptered, in costume, into a foxhole during combat; and B.J. in "Dear Sis" (1978), where he wears a white Santa beard, complimented by his own "cheesy" mustache. See more »
Although it takes place in Christmas in Korea, there is no visible breath when the characters speak (or breathe). See more »
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut:
Come on, Hawk, let's go before they run out of powdered egg nog.
[exits The Swamp wearing glasses and a fake nose]
All right, all right. Don't rush me. I barely had time to put on my face.
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It is Christmas and the supply truck containing dinner has been hit by the enemy. So everyone ponies up with their treats from home to help the orphans celebrate. All except Charles, who gives up a can of smoked oysters. This seems chintzy, but it turns out he follows a tradition. He has large packages of candy that he delivers to the poor on Christmas every year. This is no exception. He drives to the place the kids live to carry this on. Of course, everyone calls him Charles Ebeneezer Winchester because they don't understand what he is doing (anonymously). The other plot is an attempt to keep a sniper victim alive long enough so he doesn't die on Christmas Day. An incredibly touching episode.
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