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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A number of vehicles in the Tokyo establishing are anachronisms, including a 1956 Datsun 112, a 1954 Mitsubishi B280 and a 1958 Orient Type B. The episode is set 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 »


If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake
Written by Al Hoffman, Bob Merrill and Al Trace
Performed by the geisha girls
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The Turning Point!!
22 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Captains Pierce and McIntyre had just finished ten hours of surgery at the start of this episode titled -- "Henry, Please Come Home." Corporal O'Reilly was about to speak directly at Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake about something important. Obviously, Henry Blake told Walter O'Reilly not to interrupt his conversation while speaking to the surgeons unless he obtained a letter from General Hammond.

Henry Blake received a letter from General Hammond. The M*A*S*H 4077th received a ninety-seven percent efficiency rating for work done in surgery to mend the wounded soldiers in the Korean War. General Hammond had a special citation -- a fourth class medal -- pinned on Henry Blake's surgical gown. Little did they know Major Burns would take over the unit; Henry Blake was reassigned to Tokyo as instructed under General Hammond's orders.

Major Burns immediately laid down the law at the M*A*S*H 4077th. He told Corporal O'Reilly to straighten up the office in one hundred percent ship shape. Everyone was forced to participate in activities like morning exercise, inspections, bed checks, and latrine digging duties while he ran the unit. Eventually, Captains Pierce and McIntyre sneak in to Tokyo to see Henry Blake. Corporal O'Reilly was faking a four o'clock barfing ... all in order to have Henry Blake home. Major Burns's demeanor turned into disgust when he would not become the Commanding Officer ... that was after Henry Blake found out the emergency was a ploy to get off Major Burns's back. Funny Episode!! A Solid 9!!

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