M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Henry, Please Come Home 

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 ...
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 Ferret Face really joins the Weasel family: he confiscates the still. Desperate times scream incessantly for desperate measures. Thank the one above (not MacArthur) that doctors are trained to measure... Written by LA-Lawyer

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geisha | job transfer | See All (2) »


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Release Date:

19 November 1972 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Virginia Lee, who previously played Young Hi in "The Moose", appears in this episode as one of the two girls singing "If I Knew You Were Coming". She is the one without the guitar. See more »


When Henry decides to go back to the 4077th with Hawk and Trap when he believed Radar was sick, they took a chopper from Tokyo to the camp. Tokyo to Seoul is 721 miles as the crow flies, but the Bell 47 single engine, single blade chopper, which is what they used, had a range of only 214 miles, thereby making a chopper flight impossible as they could not stop and refuel several times while flying over the ocean. Also, with a top speed of only 105 mph, the flight would have taken about seven hours, making it impractical, too. They would have just taken a plane. 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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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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