M*A*S*H: Season 3, Episode 13

Mad Dogs and Servicemen (10 Dec. 1974)

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Against Frank's objections, Hawkeye and Trapper treat a young, shell-shocked GI with hysterical paralysis while Henry searches for a possibly rabid dog that bit Radar.



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Radar loves animals; besides his zoo, he feeds a stray dog. Unfortunately, the dog bites Radar; unless they find it, Radar will have to take rabies shots. Frank does not believe in psychiatric cases and calls a GI with hysterical paralysis "bug-nutty." The more humane Trapper wants to slug him. Cpl. Richard Travis (Michael O'Keefe) is the sole survivor of a tank slaughter. By following the methods of Dr. Sidney Freedman, Hawkeye and Trapper believe Travis can get well and rejoin his unit; the alternative is a lifetime of guilt and paralysis. Sidney cannot get away, so Hawkeye agrees to try to help Travis...but the treatment is as heinous for the staff as it is for the patient. Henry frets as Radar gets sicker and sicker from the rabies shots and Margaret and Frank are appalled at the treatment Travis is getting? If a dog and a backbone can be located, the 4077 might be in business. Written by LA-Lawyer

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The title is from the 1931 Noel Coward song 'Mad Dogs and Englishman'. See more »


When Henry and Radar are with Rosie, she shares the news that Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis have gotten married, which happened in June 1951. Later in the episode, Trapper and a patient discuss baseball player Ted Williams getting drafted, which didn't happen until January 1952. See more »


Major Franklin Marion Burns: I outrank you corpsman, I can have you punished.
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: We'll do you one better, we'll sew your helmet to your head.
Major Franklin Marion Burns: You two are going to pay for this!
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: Not on our salary.
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6 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are two pretty serious things going on here. A young man is brought into the camp suffering from paralysis. There seems to be nothing wrong with him physically, but something has happened to him on the battlefield. Hawkeye calls Sidney Friedman and he suggests a tough love approach to this guy. It is out of character for Pierce to use these techniques on anyone except maybe Frank. Speaking of Frank, he and Margaret are their usual obstructionist selves.

The second plot has to do with Radar being bitten by a camp dog and being forced to undergo a series of rabies shots. Everyone looks for the dog because the shots have a really serious effect on Radar. There are some nice scenes between Margaret and Radar as she reads a letter to him. Sometimes it is nice to soften the edges of the villains. Margaret will be developed a lot more in the future of this series.

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