M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Hawk's Nightmare 

Hawkeye starts sleepwalking and having horrific nightmares. He begins to think that he may be starting to lose his "war against the war."



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Hawkeye is becoming obsessed with the youth of the patients he is seeing in O.R.; he calls them "babies." Hawkeye starts sleepwalking. On his first jaunt, he meets Klinger on guard duty, calls him Scooter and dribbles a pretend basketball. He tells "Scooter" about his new tennis shoes and asks Scooter about their new principal, Vanderhaven; he admires Scooter's "BB gun." Then, he asks Nurse Able to go to the park and play ball; he returns to The Swamp and tells BJ "nobody would play with him." The next day, Hawkeye is tired and totally nonplussed: he has never, ever been a sleepwalker; Potter and the gang (except for Frank) worry about him. In post-op, Hawkeye chats with one of his baby patients about Crabapple Cove. That night, he meets Radar and Klinger while he is sleepwalking; this time, he is playing hopscotch and playing marbles; Radar is "Stinky." Scooter and Stinky put Hawkeye to bed. When Hawkeye starts sleeping, he has bad dreams about his childhood pals and from these, he ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

21 December 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Major Frank Burns mentions to Hawkeye that he had a Popeye night-light when he was a boy. Burns would have been a young boy in the early 1920s, and Popeye was not created until 1929. See more »


Dr. Sidney Freedman: So you're been walking in your sleep. What do you think it means?
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: I'm walking, I'm, uh, uh... I'm walking towards something. I'm walking away from something.
Dr. Sidney Freedman: Mm-hmm.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: I'm trying to escape.
Dr. Sidney Freedman: In other words, you go to sleep, your subconscious takes a little walk and brings your body along for company.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Yeah, well, I don't seem to be getting very far.
Dr. Sidney Freedman: You're making it all the way back to Crabapple Cove. All the way back to a time when playing ball and shooting marbles and going on picnics were all ...
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References Texaco Star Theatre (1948) See more »

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To Sleep, Perchance to Dream
19 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After an extensive period in surgery, Hawkeye goes to bed. Soon, he rises and goes out the door. He is sleepwalking, thinking he is playing basketball. This becomes chronic as once again, the next night, he is playing marbles and acting like a child. He is also having horrific nightmares where his childhood friends are meeting tragic ends. It turns out they are fine and he tries to figure out what is going on. This is another chance for my favorite character, Sidney Freedman, to come in and check things out. There is so much written about what sleep does for the human species, especially sleep deprivation. Hawkeye is fighting a battle against his own demons and the physiological consequences of no sleep. This is a really interesting episode. There will be a couple more in the future where Hawkeye must deal with the subconscious.

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