It's a bitterly cold night, and Hawkeye and B.J. are stuck with the overnight shift and a roomful of unruly patients. In the meantime, Margaret tells Frank that she keeps all his love letters--so he ransacks her tent to get them back.



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It is a long night of nerve-wracking shelling and artillery. One of BJ's black patients is fading, which is not helping the 97.8% "health rate" enjoyed by the 4077. With B+ type blood, which, is neither rare nor common, BJ, Hawkeye and Margaret are all worried. Luckily, Klinger is B+ and his swarthy Lebanese carcass is conveniently located in the next bed. Radar is scared to death when he is asked to wake Colonel Potter, but the old guy jumps to attention. He calls strange officers as well as his own pals to get the shelling to stop. To take the sting out of working a night shift with Hawkeye, Hotlips writes a sweet love note to Frank: she watches in disbelief as he tears it up. Margaret always saves ALL of his notes... and this really gets Frank thinking. As Hawkeye, BJ and Margaret work into early morning, saving lives, a Ferret named Frank tears apart Hotlips' tent, trying to find his love letters to her. He hopes quick action now may save his future neck. His neck is not so lucky.... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

26 September 1975 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Corp Max Klinger's blood type is B+. See more »


When Radar picks up Col. Potter's saddle it is an artillery saddle, not a cavalry saddle. See more »


Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Go wake up the colonel.
Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: At this hour? I can't do that.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: How'd you like a mouse in your milk?
Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: On the double.
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References One Man's Family (1949) See more »

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Frank Burns: Bulldozer
9 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A pretty decent episode. Everything is crazy because of the camp coming under mortar fire from American artillery. It is also incredibly cold, so everyone is under stress. There is a new guy who has no idea what is going on. There are two patients, one using a ton of blood but still failing, and the other with tubes in every part of his body and a ton of PTSD. The other plot involves notes that Frank has been sending to Margaret. He finds out that she is saving every one of them. He fears this will lead to problems for him later and decides to tear apart her tent while she is on duty in the hospital. He demolishes everything she has, even ripping panels from her walls. Everyone goes up the ladder, yelling at the brass, but to no avail. Klinger is injured by the new guy, seeing his life pass before his eyes (it is only a scratch, but....). Well done with good pacing.

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