When Potter and Charles are quarantined with mumps and get on each others' nerves, a replacement surgeon from Tokyo is brought in.



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Capt. Steven J. Newsome


The 4077 is awash in mumps. One early morning, Colonel Potter feels lumpy and sweaty; Father Mulcahy feels responsible for exposing 4077 staff to Sister Theresa's Orphanage mumps epidemic. Margaret supports her CO on his way to his tent --and quarantine. Charles accuses him of being intoxicated; words are exchanged. Hawkeye and BJ razz Charles about his blue blood and genes. Klinger is as manic in the quest for cleanliness as he was for Section 8. Margaret is determined to get her CO well. I Corp sends Captain Stephen J. Newsome to pinch hit. Being from Chicago, Charles assumes he attended Al Capone U but Steve has Charles gulping with his next words: Johns Hopkins. Everyone likes Steve--he is an old campaigner who saw action at bloody Pusan Perimeter. There were 16,000 casualties in 18 months and Steve operated on bumpy roads in moving vehicles. An OR session goes sideways, reminding the officers about the dangers of the jobs they do so well. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

14 January 1980 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


We learn that Sherman Potter is a fan of singer Tex Ritter. Tex's son John Ritter made a guest appearance on an earlier episode of M*A*S*H, playing a wounded GI who takes Major Burns hostage in the shower. See more »


[yet more wounded arrive during the night]
PA System Announcer: Attention, all personnel - rise and whine; we have more wounded. Don't make any plans for the weekend... or the week.
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Sick, Sick, Sick
18 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Potter and Winchester get the mumps and become roomies. This leads to all kinds of headaches for both of them. They begin to drive each other crazy. While they are out of service, a young surgeon named Steve takes over. He moves right in, displaying wonderful skills. As a matter of fact, he served in one of the bloodiest battles of the war. His efforts seem "effortless" as he more than holds his own. Potter and Winchester continue to torment one another. Charles wants to play his Caruso recordings while Potter can't stand them. Charles gargles in the morning while everyone else is sleeping. The key element is that something is amiss with the new surgeon. He leaves the OR and is nowhere to be found. This shows what happens when that little trip over the hill suddenly becomes a mountain.

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