M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 22

Major Fred C. Dobbs (11 Mar. 1973)

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Frank applies for a transfer out of the 4077, and Hawkeye and Trapper can't resist broadcasting his goodbye to Margaret through the camp P.A. The prospect of gold in the region gives Frank second thoughts.

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The usual banter in the O.R. turns rancid when Frank makes Nurse Ginger Bayliss cry. Hawkeye and Trapper react just as expected: they comfort their friend and then they cause Frank to go wee-wee in his cot. But, when the duo goes on to encase Frank's right hand in a hook and then, humiliate Margaret publicly, the Majors both demand immediate transfers. This is very funny until Henry transfers all of their work load onto Trapper and Hawkeye. Frank might not do much but Margaret is a highly competent head nurse who runs half the camp. It is incumbent upon the drunken duo to pull a fast one... quickly. How does one tap into the three basic human emotions: greed, fear and greed? And is Trapper correct: Does Radar really have the IQ of a house plant? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Trivia

Alan Alda has gone on record in several interviews that this was his least favorite episode. See more »

Goofs

Frank Burns claims to have a 30 foot yacht, yet he also claims to live in Fort Wayne, Indiana (in other episodes) which is a land locked city with no body of water large enough nearby (Lake Michigan & Lake Erie about 2.5 hours drive away) to put a yacht in the water. See more »

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Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Boy, you guys are impossible!
Hawkeye: Well fire us, Henry. Fire us.
Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Listen, big shot, I'm gonna do more than that. I'm gonna do MORE than that.
[Leaves room, then comes back]
Lt. Col. Henry Blake: What am I doing? This is my office. You guys get out of here!
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References The Major and the Minor (1942) See more »

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Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
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Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Helen Deutsch
Played on the camp loudspeaker when Trapper and Hawkeye are consoling Ginger
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There's Gold in Them Thar Hills
23 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Granted this isn't the world's greatest episode. The title reference is to Humphrey Bogart's character in "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre." He lusted after gold, just like Frank did in this offering. When the guys put a cast with a curved piece of metal coming out of it on Frank's arm, he has had enough and pushes Henry into letting him have a transfer. When Frank and Margaret get together in her tent, a recording is made and played to the whole camp. If Frank were a real character, Hawkeye and Trapper could be accused of being sadists. It would be interesting if some of this stuff happened to them. Anyway, it is a comedy, and the way the two Captains draw Frank back in (because now they have both drawn double duty until Frank is relieved) is to make it seem that there is gold near the camp. He is set up and needs to get back in the fold so he can get the gold. The conclusion goes way beyond necessity. These guys that seem to not have any time to rest expend a lot of energy in superfluous pursuits.


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