Everyone at the 4077 is so cranky, cold and bored, BJ decides the only way to uplift spirits is to "borrow" Hawkeye's birthday. Hawkeye is not amused. Captain Anthony Borelli (Robert Alda) ...
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Everyone at the 4077 is so cranky, cold and bored, BJ decides the only way to uplift spirits is to "borrow" Hawkeye's birthday. Hawkeye is not amused. Captain Anthony Borelli (Robert Alda) visits the 4077 to lecture about peripheral nerve grafting to replace entire segments of skin. Borelli has always really annoyed Hawkeye. When the surgeon is injured at the Battalion Aid Station, Hawkeye rushes to volunteer for duty, just to avoid Borelli. But Borelli insists on accompanying him--so Hawkeye "borrows" BJ's wedding anniversary to substitute for his birthday. After riding to the BAS, the medic, Cpl. Jarvis (Antony Alda) is practically forced to throw water on the battling surgeons and he tells them to knock it off. By surgery's end, Dr. Left and Dr. Right are just a little too happy and annoying enough for one to pause and realize where the good looks in the Alda family went (Antony). Written by
The cast featured a guest appearances by Antony Alda, Alan Alda's brother. According to Alan Alda and Robert Alda, his father, "Lend a Hand" was his way of reconciling with his dad. He was always giving suggestions to Robert for their vaudeville act and in "Lend a Hand" Robert's character was always giving Hawkeye suggestions. It was Robert's idea for the doctors to cooperate as "Dr. Right" and "Dr. Left" at the end of that episode, signifying both reconciliation of their characters and in real life as well. See more »
With all due respect corporal, get the "h" out of there.
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The appearances by (the late) Robert Alda, Alan Alda, and Antony Alda in "Lend A Hand" made the episode special to me -- as the viewer. In the beginning, Captains Hunnicutt and Pierce have been bored with nothing to do at night. The entire camp was planning a surprise birthday party. And without warning, a jeep with Dr. Borelli arrived at the 4077th.
Dr. Borelli -- at the opening part of the episode -- entered the Officers' Club to discuss a new surgical technique on the heart the next day. Next, all the doctors were retiring to their tents for the night. Dr. Borelli had a private discussion with Captain Pierce about him staying warm and the drink he was enjoying at the bar. The constant intrusion of Dr. Borelli's advice to everyone marked the beginning of obnoxious conduct at his visit. Captain Pierce would be upset at how Dr. Borelli's ways were better than his during the show.
Meanwhile, Corporal Klinger was preparing a birthday cake for the party. He added one too many H's on the icing portion of the cake. Major Houlihan then told to fix the icing for Captain Hunnicutt's anniversary. Corporal Klinger was about at the end of his rope for spending five hours preparing the cake for the party.
Dr. Borelli and Captain Pierce were then heading to an aid station to perform surgery on the wounded soldier. Captain Pierce -- while driving -- was eating plain cheese on the way to the aid station. Dr. Borelli told him to eat the cheese right by using mustard ... with grief. They both get at each other's throats in preparation for surgery. Jarvis then arrived in the latter part of the episode for the surgery. Without warning, both Borelli and Pierce ended up with broken wrists -- on opposite ends -- during the surgery. In the end, their performance on the show earned a fat "A" in playing their roles well. A Fat 10!! A Highly Recommended Episode From The 1979-1980 Television Season!!
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