M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Fallen Idol 

Radar has always looked up to Hawkeye and admired him as his hero. But after suffering a Jeep accident en route to R&R at Hawkeye's behest. Radar questions his own hero worship. Particularly when he and his hero have a falling out.



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Episode cast overview:
Maj. Charles Winchester
Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
Frances Fong ...
Lt. Baker, RN
Nurse Perry
Larry Gilman ...
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The indispensable Company Clerk is down in the mouth and finally, art gets to imitate life. Radar's grandmother took one look at Uncle Ed's eyes when he returned from WWI France and she could tell he had been a bad boy: Grandma cried for 3 days. Radar is sure his mother will take one look at him and laugh for a week. Hawkeye has a simple prescription: get a jeep, go to the Pink Pagoda in Seoul and get it done. But, Radar's jeep is hit and Hawkeye feels like Judas. He operates frenetically on Radar and then goes on a drunken tear. An early A.M. breakfast OR session catches Hawkeye off balance and the next day, his patient catches Hawkeye out of his mind. Father is so acrimonious, he is prone to violence. Colonel Potter and Margaret yell at Hawkeye in duet. When Hawkeye tries to apologize to Radar he is given directions on where to go and what to do. Colonel Potter gives Radar some wise counsel. When Hawkeye and Radar finally speak again, conversation is stilted but Hawkeye manages a ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

27 September 1977 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the few episodes that "Hawkeye" Pierce gives a sincere salute. See more »


When Hawkeye examines the unconscious wounded soldier lying on his side and realizes it's Radar, Nurse Kellye (seen from the back) had already been standing over Radar. Nurse Kellye had been at the 4077 since Col. Blake's days and certainly would have recognized Radar, so she presumably would have alerted one of the surgeons that Radar was among the wounded. See more »


Col. Sherman Potter: [an oversoused Hawkeye had to leave the O.R. to be sick] Listen, you can walk around with your brains at half-mast 24 hours a day for all I care, but when that chopper hits the pad I expect you to tie a slipknot in a match box. It's incomprehensible to me that a surgeon of your caliber would walk into an operating room with a bag on. Okay, let's hear some talk. What's your explanation?
Hawkeye: I screwed up.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Over the Rainbow
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Alan Alda
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20 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the best episodes of this series, which for a series that ran for eleven years is saying a lot. Powerful acting coupled with an excellent script makes this episode worthy of special mention. Although a comedy, MASH covers many themes that portray various aspects of the human condition, here the theme being hero worship and what happens when your hero fails and you are forced to confront the reality of the situation, that your hero has imperfections and could even let you down. Oh how smug one can get when they believe that they can rely on someone else to help them out until the time comes when help is needed and the "hero" fails. Okay, it's not comedy, but in this case it's better than comedy because it's dramatic, compelling and real.

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