After Radar gets a "Dear John" letter Hawkeye and Trapper try to help him with a new nurse who's into classical literature and music.



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Episode cast overview:
Lt. Louise Anderson
Barbara Brownell ...
Stefanianna Christopherson ...
Lt. O'Brien (as Indira Danks)
Jerry Harper ...


Radar receives a "Dear John" recording on 45 RPM from his fiancee, Linda Sue. He is so distraught, he cannot eat or sleep and makes hash of the 4077 requisitions and reports. Henry, Hawkeye and Trapper are so concerned, they put Radar through a physical. They quickly learn: Radar has a 1-A body and a 4-F brain. When pretty Lt. Louise Anderson visits the 4077, Radar is smitten. Hawkeye helps Louise unpack to learn about her literary and musical tastes. Hawkeye describes her as "highbrow" and the guys, together with Father Mulcahy, help Radar brush up on Bach, Tolstoy and Italian classic poets. But not everyone is happy about the "mixed" (enlisted and officer) romance in the offing; a very nasty Margaret threatens to call Gen. Clayton if Henry does not break them up. Hawkeye wonders how Hotlips would feel if her own romance with Frank was threatened. The hapless Ferret Face is like chloroform in the hands of the masters. But, can the guys actually force Hotlips to say "Uncle?" Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

7 January 1973 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The signpost shows Tokyo twice - on top and at the bottom. This was the first time the famous MASH signpost (indicating distances to various places) was featured. This occurs in the scene where Pierce is just coming out of Surgery after a marathon meat ball surgery session. The names of places would increase later and the place names would change as time passed by.

There was three such signposts made during the shooting of the series. The second one was destroyed in a fire at the sets during the final season. The last third signpost used for the series finale was donated to the Smithsonian museum. and is currently at the National Museum of American History (Washington DC). See more »


Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Ahhh, Bach.
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References Love Story (1970) See more »

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22 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Radar is cast as a man who had a fiancée back in Otumwa who has sent him a drugstore Dear John recording. Later, I believe, Radar's past is restructured and made different, but for now, he lapses into depression. Trapper and Hawkeye decide to find him a girlfriend, but as is usually the case, the women on the post will not even look at him. One day a pretty young nurse come and Radar is totally taken, but he is far from her intellectual equal. She reads classic literature, philosophy, and loves classical music. The guys try to get Radar up to speed enough so they can at least talk a bit. Once Margaret and Frank get wind of this, Houlihan pulls the plug on the "affair." It is strictly vindictive. The boys then launch a full frontal assault on the rendezvous between Frank and Margaret. It is funny, but in the final evaluation, is there any future for Radar and Lieutenant Anderson.

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