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Dr. Pierce and Mr. Hyde 

After Hawkeye is kept awake in surgery for 3 days straight he decides to find out who started the war.




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Hawkeye has been placed on operational stand-down orders; he has been operating for 20 straight days and nights. Hawkeye cannot sleep. Frank has been to sleep 3 times while Hawkeye operated. Trapper tries to put Hawkeye to bed. Trapper told Hawkeye he went through 3 shifts of nurses; Hawkeye said yes, but he is still hungry. Margaret worries if Hawkeye tries to operate, he will not be able to work at par. Radar tries to put Hawkeye to bed. Hawkeye cannot sleep. He wakes Trapper and tells him he must find out who started the war so he can stop it. Hawkeye still cannot sleep; and so he sends a telegram. Soon, Hawkeye's friends are unable to sleep. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

13 October 1973 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title makes reference to the novel 'The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' by Robert Louis Stevenson. See more »


Hawkeye's camera was a Kodak Chevron. It was produced from 1953-1956. As such it was not available during the conflict which ended July 1953. Including the reference to Truman as President the presence of this model camera would have been impossible. Except on television (or in a movie). See more »


Lt. Col. Henry Braymore Blake: Some dodo has been sending telegrams to President Truman.
Cpl. Walter Eugene 'Radar' O'Reilly: Uh sir, I know who the dodo is, it's Captain Pierce.
Lt. Col. Henry Braymore Blake: How do you know that?
Cpl. Walter Eugene 'Radar' O'Reilly: I sent it for him.
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References The Lone Ranger (1949) See more »


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Written by Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, and Buck Ram
Performed by Alan Alda
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Insomnia, Anyone?
25 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those far fetched episodes that could never happen. The premise is that Pierce has been pulling so many shifts in the OR that he becomes a kind of zombie. He talks irrationally and continues to walk around in a stupor. Nothing anyone does has any affect. When the operating starts he becomes completely rational. The fact he is allowed to do any of this pushes the limits of even sitcom reality. He keeps going around asking how he war started as if he were a three-year-old. If you like to watch Alan Alda do almost anything, this is a chance to watch him. For me, not worth the time. On numerous occasions he has challenged his authority. In this one he is basically unconscious, but so cute.

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