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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Colonel Lillian Rayburn


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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Did You Know?


Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: [Still trying to guess what BJ stands for] Was your mother Mexican?
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: No.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: That eliminates Benito Juarez.
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References Rose-Marie (1928) See more »


Written by George M. Cohan
Performed by Carmen Mathews and Harry Morgan
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Two Ships Passing in the Night
9 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode focuses on Colonel Potter. A supervisor of nurses for the whole shebang comes to inspect the camp. She is Potter's age, has a twinkle in her eye, and proves to be a kind, concerned person. They are immediately attracted to each other and spend lots of time. Radar is furious because he has a pure, unsullied view of the Colonel and he feels this wench is getting her claws into him and potentially ruining his commitment to his marriage. The question is whether they will actually carry this further. The other little subplot involves Hawkeye becoming obsessive over what the B and the J stand for in B.J.'s name. He goes through every conceivable gyration trying to find out, letters home, invading Radar's private files, etc. This adds another example of Hawkeye's manic being.

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