M*A*S*H: Season 4, Episode 18

Hawkeye (13 Jan. 1976)

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Hawkeye Pierce, going solo, has an accident with a Jeep, and is rescued by a South Korean family. To prevent himself from succumbing to a concussion, Hawkeye begins talking endlessly to the family, who can't understand a word he's saying.



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Episode cast overview:
Captain B.J. Hunnicut (credit only)
Major Margaret Houlihan (credit only)
Philip Ahn ...
The Father
Shizuko Hoshi ...
The Mother
The Pregnant Woman (as June Kim)
Susan Sakimoto ...
Oldest Child
Jeff Osaka ...
Younger Child
Jayleen Sun ...
Younger Child


Hawkeye Pierce, going solo, has an accident with a Jeep, and is rescued by a South Korean family. To prevent himself from succumbing to a concussion, Hawkeye begins talking endlessly to the family, who can't understand a word he's saying.

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Comedy | Drama | War






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13 January 1976 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Throughout the episode, Alan Alda is the only one to speak lines in English. No other English speaking cast members were present. See more »


Hawkeye impersonates Olivier's "Richard III" but unless he saw Olivier in London or in Australia on the stage he couldn't have known his performance. The film "Richard III" was released in 1955 (and the Korean War finished in 1953). See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


The Yankee Doodle Boy
Written by George M. Cohan
Performed by Alan Alda
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Truly fine acting
25 June 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Kudos to Alan Alda.

To each their own; this episode wasn't for everyone, I guess. I too, enjoy the other characters in the series and missed them in this episode.

But to complain about Mr. Alda's performance is a travesty. He was, in my opinion, brilliant. He delivers his dialogue in a way that is nothing short of believable. Way beyond the simple memorization and repetition of script. And if some of it WAS ad-libbed then even more credit to him! That is much more difficult than memorizing. Try it! Try 'monologue-ing' off the top of your head for even a couple minutes. It's not so easy, it IS a talent, that's why we have professional actors. In T.V. and movie acting you have to do every part of every scene over and over and over again... and the same way every time. It can get old really quickly. Acting is not for everyone.

The writing of this show has always been impressive: rapid, witty, full of intelligent puns and always good for a laugh, and adding in great actors just elevates that. To bring the words on the script pages to life. To take a character like Hawkeye, Trapper, or Radar, who only exist as words on a page, and put on a performance that leaves the audience feeling as though they are real people, somewhere out there in Korea, T.V.land....that is pure talent. Whether you like or hate a character, the fact that words on a page brought out your emotions is thanks to the actors.

According to interviews and records, the character of Hawkeye wasn't intended to be such a focus in the show, but when Mr. Alda was cast and the show began, the response was unmistakable: people loved him. Some of the other actors were unhappy with the fact that so much of the great dialogue was written for his character but that is always the decision of writers, directors, producers etc. NOT the actors themselves.

So try not to confuse Hawkeye with Alan Alda.

I may have given this episode a 6 or a 7 out of 10, for the lack of more than one storyline, but considering the performance Mr. Alda was able to have captured on film, I feel compelled to boost that to as high as I go for any show. 9. Thank you again, M*A*S*H team. And especially Mr. Alda. You really broke a leg.

Of course, that's all just MY opinion.


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