Hawkeye and B.J. place a toe tag on a passed-out Frank as part of a drunken practical joke. But the joke backfires on them when he is accidentally shipped out to the front lines.



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In a classic episode, Frank is lonesome and driving everyone insane. Margaret is in Tokyo at a nurses seminar and he feels absolutely friendless. Potter asks BJ and Hawkeye for a special favor: befriend old Ferret Face. Potter encourages the guys to invite Frank to drink and play poker with them; Frank gets snockered and pulls a heart flush in the very first hand. Frank is on a winning streak and he is a very giggly winner. At the 4077 club, Frank confides he has had his eye on Nurse Kellye for a long time; he asks her to dance and calls her a hotsie-totsie. Although Hawkeye and BJ manage to stumble back to the Swamp with Frank, they are both plastered. Then, Hawkeye gets a lightbulb; he writes a toe tag: "emotionally exhausted and (BJ's contribution) morally bankrupt" before they pass out cold. A fluke sends Frank to the front by way of an open door on an ambulance en route to the latrine. Since it was their prank, Potter makes the Swamp rats go pick up Frank. They get caught in a ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

6 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the scene in the OR, the PA announcer mentions that Ralph Kiner hit his 47th home run which would date this episode as 27 Sep 1950. Kiner played for the Pittsburgh Pirates that season and his 47 home runs led the National League. See more »


The comic book Radar is sleeping with is Avengers #72 (January 1970); moments later, without Radar having moved, it is issue #60 (January 1969). See more »


References The Jolson Story (1946) See more »


Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Performed by Jamie Farr
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13 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Potter gets so fed up with Frank for his morose being since Margaret is away, that he entreats Hawkeye and B.J. to be nice to him and invite him into their circle. He is asked to play poker and is a total ass of a winner, giggling loudly and offending the other players. He also gets really drunk and the boys put a toe tag on him. While wandering around camp, looking for the latrine, he stumbles into the back of an ambulance and is transported to a unit on the front lines. Potter gets a call from these guys, saying they have an unconscious surgeon. Potter is furious and sends Hawkeye and B.J. to pick up the lost soul. They find themselves in the middle of intense shelling and work to patch up several soldiers. What happens to Frank shows that sometimes the good guys don't win, and that practical jokes may have a price to them.

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