M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Radar gets bent out of shape when he thinks Colonel Potter is spending too much time with a visiting female colonel, and Hawkeye tries to figure out what BJ's initials stand for.



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Maj. Charles Winchester
Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
Father Francis Mulcahy


Radar gets his nose out of joint when the Head Nurse of the entire 8th Army, Colonel Lillian Rayburn, shows up early at 4077 for her first tour of a M*A*S*H in Korea. The attractive 60-something Colonel Rayburn immediately sparks with Colonel Potter. Lil, as she tells the officers to call her, asks BJ what his initials stand for and he says "anything you want." This starts Hawkeye on one of his more inane quests: to learn his BF's one, dark secret. Margaret is all thumbs in OR in front of Col. Rayburn until she has her first talk with Lil; then, she is inspired by Lil and this boosts her esprit de corps about her own Army career. But, Radar is upset at the attention Col. Potter is paying to Lil... even Lil gets her signals mixed. Colonel Potter goes to Radar to request a wake-up call, and they have one of their concise chats. It seems Hawkeye was right, all along... except about the name game. Are BJ Hunnicutt's parents really named Bea and Jay? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

2 October 1978 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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B.J. could not have commissioned using only initials as his first name. When J.R. Cash entered the U.S. Air Force in the 60's, he was told that he had to have a real first name, and not initials, so he changed his name to John R. Cash, and later, Johnny Cash. B.J. would have had to pick a name, such as Benjamin J. Hunnicutt, or Brian J. Hunnicutt, etc., in order to commission into the Army. See more »


Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Who would name their kid BJ?
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: My mother, Bee Honeycut, and my father, Jay Honeycut.
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References Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949) See more »


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Music by Rudolf Friml and Herbert Stothart
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto A. Harbach
Performed by Harry Morgan
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Sets up the audience and then does not deliver.
28 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

This was shaping up as one of the better episodes of MASH. Excellent acting, great script, real chemistry between Colonel Potter and his female visitor, who also was a Colonel, a plausible story, two people attracted to one another and then ... nothing. What was shaping up to be an outstanding episode of television theater ended with a thud. Why the writers would want to ruin a such a great story is perplexing. The episode is building up to a climax and ends with ... a handshake between a man and woman stuck in a war zone, thousands of miles away from home, and obviously attracted to each other. There is no worse screenplay then one that sets up the audience and then does not deliver. The two Colonels were primed for action and then the writers pull the fuse and create a dud. Ugh!

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