M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 9

Henry, Please Come Home (19 Nov. 1972)

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When Col. Henry Blake is transferred to Tokyo and Frank starts imposing military discipline on the camp, the surgeons will do anything to get Henry back.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Major Margaret Houlihan (credit only)
Timothy Brown ...
Patrick Adiarte ...
John Orchard ...
G. Wood ...
Pvt. Lorenzo Boone (as Bob Gooden)
Linda Meiklejohn ...
Odessa Cleveland ...
Bill Svanoe ...


The original Swamp Rats (Spearchucker, Trapper and Hawkeye) are happy for their CO when Radar reads the telegram from Gen. Hammond. The 4077 has the best and highest efficiency rating of all the M*A*S*H units in Korea and Henry is receiving a citation. But the citation comes with a promotion in Tokyo, leaving Frank in charge. Like the other Huns, Frank has no consideration for the officers, NCOs or enlisted men. He expects Radar to work past 2 a.m., and then he orders reveille at dawn, calisthenics and snap inspections. Then Frank gets really mean: he steals the still. Desperate times scream incessantly for desperate measures. Thank MacArthur that doctors are trained to measure... Written by LA-Lawyer

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19 November 1972 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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The comic book that Radar is reading, is the January 1969 issue of Captain Savage and His Battlefield Raiders; the episode takes place in 1951. See more »


Henry Blake: [after receiving an award] You people, you great doctors and you swell gals, who made this possible, are just too numerous to mention, but I'm mighty grateful to all of you - right down to my Right Hand, Cpl. Radar O'Reilly, who incidentally is in command of this unit, and just uses me as a front.
[Henry laughs nervously as everyone else stands stone-faced]
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References John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965) See more »


Cocktails for Two
Music by Arthur Johnston
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Sung by Alan Alda
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For Love of Henry!
21 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank is actually the star here, in a very negative way. When Henry is sent to Tokyo to assist General Hammond, the people who got him there, his amazing surgeons, are left with Frank Burns as their commanding officer. Of course, he goes for the kill. Reveille, calisthenics, no still, and so on. Larry Linville plays the obnoxious Major with great aplomb, sounding like an utter tyrant. It's time to act and the guys cook up a scheme to bring him back. This is an average episode which still makes it better than a lot of television. McLean Stevenson did a nice job of using that delicate balance between beloved boss and bumbling buffoon (for you alliteration fans).

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