M*A*S*H: Season 9, Episode 12

Depressing News (9 Feb. 1981)

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When a supply snafu brings too many tongue depressors to camp, Hawkeye uses the extras to erect a monument to the wounded who have passed through camp. Klinger starts his own camp newspaper.



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After placing an order for 5,000 tongue depressors, the 4077th receives 500,000. Hawkeye decides to use every single one of them to erect a monument to Army inefficiency, and dedicate it to all the brave men and women who have passed through, while Klinger presses his luck when he starts a printing press. Written by <Explorerds6789>

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9 February 1981 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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At one point when Hawkeye is walking with B.J. across the compound, Hawkeye can briefly be seen wearing bright blue '80s Adidas tennis shoes. See more »


Cpl. Maxwell 'Max' Q. Klinger: [Regarding Hawk's 'Foundation of the Washington Monument'] Excuse my impertinence, but if all these sticks were laid end to end... and they are... what would they be?
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: They would be... and are... the foundation for the Washington Monument.
Cpl. Maxwell 'Max' Q. Klinger: Don't they already have one of those some place?
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: That on commemorates Washington the man, who crossed the Delaware and gave his wooden teeth. This one commemorates Washington the place, which sends us across the Pacific and gives us wooden legs.
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