M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Major Topper 

Between the Swamp-mates trying to top each other, the camp deals with a bad batch of morphine and a corporal who shoots down invisible enemy gliders.

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(as Charles Dubin)

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Airs Tue. Aug. 22, 8:12 PM on TVLAND

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Cast

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Saxton
Donald Blackwell ...
Graham
Peter Zapp ...
Rifkin
Paul Linke ...
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Sgt. Glassberg
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Storyline

Hawkeye and BJ are increasingly annoyed at Major One-Up and his mania to prove his alleged automatic superiority at every activity, endeavor or exploit. Klinger has a new "protege," Corporal "Boots" Miller, a non-comm who deejays, sings and films with his stirring spoon... and talks to his shoe and sock. Bad news in 4077 Post Op: there is one box of morphine left until tomorrow. But, Nurse Kellye has a GI who had a horrible reaction to some of that last batch and Colonel Potter orders the batch destroyed and suggests a radical form of treatment in lieu of morphine. As Miller acts progressively nuttier, Klinger is the first to tell Col. Potter to give Miller a Section 8; Potter thinks he is in cahoots with Miller until the enemy glider incident. In Post Op, everyone but Chuckles is credibly playing his/her part dispensing the old Doc Schumaker/Potter treatment. Can the mind help cure the body? Is Miller crazy or laughing all the way to the bank? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War

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27 March 1978 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The song Colonel Potter quotes in the beginning of the episode is "Dem Bones," aka "Dry Bones," a spiritual based on the Scripture from Ezekiel 37. See more »

Goofs

The muzzle flashes from Miller's rifle when he is shooting at the various gliders don't match the shots heard. More shots are heard than muzzle flashes in both incidents. See more »

Quotes

Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: Oh, yeah?
Major Charles Winchester: Brilliant riposte, Pierce.
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: Oh, yeah?
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Connections

References The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Come on-a My House
(uncredited)
Written by Ross Bagdasarian and William Saroyan
Performed by Hamilton Camp
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Bearing False Witness for Fun and Profit
4 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The unit is running out of morphine and the final box appears to be contaminated. Potter suggests that the mind is stronger than the body sometimes and that perhaps a placebo will fool the patients. All the surgeons agree to keep what they are doing a secret until the next day when a new supply will arrive. The second plot concerns a guy who talks to his socks and pretends spoons are microphones. At first Klinger believes he is another fake like himself, but when the guy starts firing rifles in the air to shoot down gliders, he begins to believe he is really crazy. The results turn out to be pretty successful. This whole episode is about one-upsmanship and deception.


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