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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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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Comedy | Drama | War





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11 March 1973 (USA)  »

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Per the title, Fred C. Dobbs was the treasure-hungry character played by Humphrey Bogart in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). See more »


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 »


Trapper: It's a little chilly out there, how bout a drink?
Hawkeye: If you need a reason to drink, you shouldn't.
Trapper: A double or a triple?
Hawkeye: How about the first quintuple martini in medical history? How about you Frank, one for the road?
Frank Burns: I make it a point never to drink with strangers and as of right now, I don't know either one of you.
Hawkeye: It's chilly in here too. Make Frank a Shirley Temple and put it on my tab.
Frank Burns: You're nothing but common drunks.
Hawkeye: That is a rumor started by people I've fallen over.
Frank Burns: Laugh now, but when ...
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References The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) See more »


Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo
Music by Bronislau Kaper
Lyrics by Helen Deutsch
Played on the camp loudspeaker when Trapper and Hawkeye are consoling Ginger
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A Gold Jeep....... A Gold Jeep?!
8 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Do I need to say anymore? This is probably one of the worst episodes in M*A*S*H's run. It's stupid, much like many of the first season's episodes, like "Requiem for a Lightweight", "I Hate a Mystery", "Edwina", and "Germ Warfare." I know it's only the first season and they're still starting out, but they still need to try, and these episodes are proof that they were not. "Sometimes You Hear the Bullet", sorry but that didn't do anything for me. I just don't feel that bad for Hawkeye or his friend. Should I? Because I don't. But that's another story.

"Major Fred C. Dobbs", there's no character by that name in this episode, it's just an obscure reference to Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which this episode has nothing to do with. Basically: Frank Burns acts like a jerk, Hawkeye and Trapper plaster a hook to his arm. Finally tiring of their childish pranks, Frank whines to Henry and wants a transfer. Hot Lips requests one too after they broadcast her and Frank's sweet nothings over the camp's speakers. Movie callback, anyone? So because Hawkeye and Trapper can't stand extra work, they figure to save their lazy butts by stopping Margaret from leaving, and she'll stay only if Frank won't leave. They use some of Radar's fools gold to fool Frank into thinking the land is rich with gold. He discovers this late one night in a scene not unlike one out of a horror movie. Bad cinematography I guess. Frank wants his transfer thrown out, as does Margaret. The hoax is revealed, as well as the entire area painted gold, right down to the golden Jeep Trapper and Hawkeye drive by in.

This episode was bad. It's not even funny. Sid Dorfman obviously wasn't even trying when he wrote the script, nor was Don Weis when directing it. It's not clever, it's just bad. They paint a Jeep gold. What else is there to say? That's the dumbest thing ever. M*A*S*H is a great show, but crappy episodes like this one and others listed above should be avoided because they're an insult to integrity. I will say this: McLean Stevenson was the only bright light in this story. His performance shows he was the only one who was actually trying, and he was the only one generating any laughs. McLean saved this one from being a total A-bomb, or F-bomb I should say.

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