Hawkeye falls for a visiting Swedish doctor, but is disconcerted by her take-charge ways. As a result, he is forced to confront his chauvinistic views toward powerful women.



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Dr. Inga Halvorsen
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He is the love call of evolution, he is sex and life and appetite...or so Hawkeye likes to think. The Swedish delegation sends Dr. Inga Halvorsen (Mariette Hartley) to the 4077 and Hawkeye immediately tries to hit on her; Inga wants to talk medicine. The next day in OR, Inga shows Hawkeye a new procedure to preserve mobility in the hip. Hawkeye is miffed when Inga is the main attraction. Margaret dresses him down, claiming Hawkeye cannot relate to strong, capable women as people but only sex objects. Her manner and words belie all of the feelings she has for Hawkeye. Chuckles insists Hawkeye is upset at the thought of learning from a woman, but when Inga corrects Chuckles in Post Op, Chuckles flies into a rage. When Inga is the one to initiate sex with Hawkeye, he is off put and says something insulting. BJ talks about his marriage with Peg as a partnership and even Col. Potter tries to help Hawkeye find cohesion in his thought process. "Why do men make it so hard to be who we are?" ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

8 January 1979 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Alan Alda won an Emmy for writing this episode. See more »


When Inga arrives, Klinger tells her that it takes two doctors to sign the Section 8 forms and that he's short 2 doctors. Hawkeye and BJ could and would sign those forms (in fact Hawkeye signed several) so this would not be a problem. In earlier episodes it always took 3 doctors to sign, so with Hawkeye and Trapper John having signed it still required Henry or Frank to sign. Now the need for Inga to sign is gone, with only 2 doctors needed. See more »


Hawkeye: I am the essence of overconfidence! I am speculation, adventure; the spirit of pursuit; the stag howling for its winsome yet anonymous mate. I am the love call of evolution; the perfume and color of the flowers as they offer their pollen to the gentle buzz of the bees. I am sex itself, gentlemen. I am life. I am appetite!
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References Texaco Star Theatre (1948) See more »


Indian Love Call
Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto A. Harbach
Performed by Alan Alda
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Hawkeye and Charles Put Their Respective Feet in Their Mouths
11 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A beautiful young doctor from Sweden, Inga, with incredible credentials comes to the camp. Of course, Hawkeye immediately begins to put moves on her. He is wallowing in his overwhelming sexism and totally ignores her accomplishments. As it turns out, Inga is way too much woman for him. She is self assured, professional, and confused by the come-ons by Hawkeye. His big evening is ruined when she doesn't take his advances seriously. She even outdoes him at the operating table. All the others are amazed at her prowess, but Hawkeye's center-of-attention game is stepped on. Hawkeye can't really accept the fact that a woman can do his job even better than he does. When it comes to romance, she takes the lead as well. He finally gets the treatment from her that he dishes out when he is pursuing someone.

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