M*A*S*H: Season 2, Episode 14

Hot Lips and Empty Arms (15 Dec. 1973)

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A friend's letter causes Margaret to re-evaluate her life in the 4077th and request a transfer.


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Episode cast overview:
Odessa Cleveland ...
Sheila Lauritsen ...
Nurse Watson


Margaret gets fed up with her life and requests a transfer, which is granted. At her goodbye party, she gets drunk, and when casualties are to arrive, Hawkeye and Trapper spend time helping her to sober up. This causes her to change her mind about leaving. Written by Kathy Hofmann

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Comedy | Drama | War





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15 December 1973 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Margaret and Col. Blake are having a drink in the office, Margaret makes a comment that Henry reminds her of her father before he died. She was obviously drunk and not entirely aware of what she was saying, because in later seasons, Margaret makes other references to her father, and in Season 9, the episode "Father's Day" has her father coming to visit. See more »


Margaret: Colonel, I want a transfer.
Hawkeye: No transfers are issued until the camp comes to a full stop.
Trapper: And watch your step getting off.
Margaret: And these two are at the top of my list!
Hawkeye: Hey, we finished first and second.
Margaret: They've totally destroyed my authority with the nursing staff; they have made a mockery of my majority!
Hawkeye: What do you know? We're major mockers.
Henry Blake: Simmer down, Pierce. That's an order.
Margaret: [scoffs] An order? Why don't you stop masquerading as a commanding officer? You're nothing but a spineless, mealymouthed,...
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References Flash Gordon (1936) See more »

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