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Hot Lips Is Back in Town 

Margaret celebrates her newly obtained divorce by creating a new way to handle triage and invites a general to observe. Radar is enamored of a new nurse and tries everything he knows to get her attention.


(as Charles Dubin)


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Episode cast overview:
Gen. Lyle Weiskopf
Peggy Lee Brennan ...
Lt. Linda Nugent
Jan Jorden ...
Enid Kent ...


Margaret receives her final divorce decree after the latest Officers' Staff Meeting. The Colonel is preoccupied with problems in triage, especially speed issues. A cute, new nurse, Lt. Linda Nugent, steps out of a jeep and into Radar's heart. Margaret is out of sorts in OR, so BJ and Hawkeye plan to take her out to the O Club; they get snockered. Margaret has an epiphany and visits the CO's tent; sleepily, he tells her to do whatever she sees fit. Radar asks for love advice from Hawkeye and Chuckles; finally, he wins the day by being himself. The next morning, Margaret tells BJ, Hawkeye and Col. Potter her idea: her nurses will handle the triage, freeing all surgeons for the OR. Chuckles already offered to teach her nurses to diagnose and prioritize and General Lyle Weiskopf, Chief of Staff, is coming to 4077 in three days to observe. But, it becomes obvious the "two star pain in the ass," (as Potter calls him) is more interested in Margaret than her triage program. Weiskopf arrives ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

29 January 1979 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is from a line in the song 'Mack The Knife' composed by Kurt Weill with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, for the musical 'Three Penny Opera'. See more »


During the staff meeting, while Margaret is reading her divorce decree, she has a 1st Lieutenant bar on the left side of her collar, where she should be wearing a Nurse Corps insignia (caduceus with large black "N"). See more »


Col. Sherman T. Potter: Tell your nurses not to be afraid to carry litters if they have to. Some of them are stronger than I am.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Can I have names?
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References Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935) See more »


Blue Moon
Written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
Dance music closing scene
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Margaret on the Loose
11 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Margaret gets her final divorce decree. She, as is expected, has some mixed feelings about the finality of it. A new nurse arrives and Radar is quite taken with her. He tries hard to put some moves on but things keep interrupting. Margaret has a whole new perspective on life, that she is now in control of her life. She decides to tell Potter all her new ideas. She decides to bring a general to see her new arrangement, which includes teaching the nurses how to do triage. Meanwhile, Radar tries to find ways to impress the young woman. Ignoring doesn't help at all. Unfortunately, when the general arrives, he is more interested in Margaret than in what she is proposing. He is just one more chauvinist pig.

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