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"M*A*S*H" Hot Lips and Empty Arms (1973)

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Original Air Date:
15 December 1973 (Season 2, Episode 14)
A friend's letter causes Margaret to re-evaluate her life in the 4077th and request a transfer. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
Jackie Cooper 
Writing credits
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason (written by) (as Linda Bloodworth) &
Mary Kay Place (written by)

Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

Richard Hooker  based on a novel by (uncredited)

Produced by
Larry Gelbart .... producer
Burt Metcalfe .... associate producer
Gene Reynolds .... producer
Original Music by
Benny Golson 
Cinematography by
William K. Jurgensen (director of photography) (as William Jurgensen)
Film Editing by
Fred W. Berger 
Stanford Tischler 
Art Direction by
Walter McKeegan 
Set Decoration by
Ralph Sylos 
Production Management
Ted Butcher .... unit production manager
Mark Evans .... production supervisor
Joseph Silver .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leonard S. Smith Jr. .... assistant director
Music Department
Johnny Mandel .... composer: theme
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar soloist (uncredited)
Other crew
Walter D. Dishell .... medical advisor (as Walter D. Dishell M.D.)
Laurence Marks .... script consultant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Gelbart  developed for television by

Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks 
Art Department
Michael Casey .... assistant property master
Kurt V. Hulett .... property man (season 8)
Sound Department
William Hartman .... sound editor
Don Isaacs .... sound editor (as Don V. Isaacs)
Edward Rossi .... supervising sound editor (as Ed Rossi)
Richard Sperber .... sound editor
Jean Coulter .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Curtis Foster .... rigging gaffer (1979-1980)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator
Michael Hofstein .... aerial director of photography
Jim Sellars .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Rita Hudis .... technical advisor: medical
Lee Sollenberger .... animal handler
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Additional Details

25 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

Henry's line, "Looks like you've already been dipping your bill" is clearly looped.See more »
Factual errors: When Henry, Hawkeye and Trapper are watching the "training film" Margaret stands in the films light path to the screen blocking the image. Henry, Hawkeye and Trapper crane their heads to see the screen image which would have been on Margaret's chest.See more »
Margaret:I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but Frank Burns is a lipless wonder.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Flash Gordon (1936)See more »


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Margaret's Attempted Departure, 27 February 2015
Author: Hitchcoc from United States

Margaret Houlihan receives a letter from a friend who is married and rich, with the same guy Margaret rejected. She now realizes that her life is empty. All the things her friend has have eluded her. She decides to change her life by asking for a transfer. Trapper, Hawkeye, and Henry try to get her to reconsider, using the same methods that have driven her to this point. She even considers Frank Burns Army issue. She calls him Ferret Face at one point. Their discussion as she drops the bomb on him is priceless. What follows is a Margaret who gets loaded and begins to act like every stereotypical drunk you've ever seen. It is still pretty hilarious as the guys try to sober her up before a battalion of Marines send their casualties. She actually bonds with her adversaries and what's interesting is that there is no carry over from this into the next episode. She and Frank start up where they left off.

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