M*A*S*H: Season 5, Episode 21

Movie Tonight (22 Feb. 1977)

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Colonel Potter hopes a Western will be the cure for the 4077th's morale problem. But during the show, the staff of the camp is forced to make its own entertainment during the frequent film breakages.

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Colonel Potter hopes a Western will be the cure for the 4077th's morale problem. But during the show, the staff of the camp is forced to make its own entertainment during the frequent film breakages.

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sing along | film projector

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When Radar is doing an impersonation of John Wayne he quoted a line from "McLintock" (1963), "I know I'm gonna use good judgement. I haven't lost my temper in 40 years, but pilgrim you caused a lot of trouble this monring, might have got somebody killed...and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won't, I won't. The hell I won't.", which wasn't filmed untill 10 years after the series timeline ended. See more »

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Father Mulcahy: [singing] A chaplain in the Army has a collar on his neck. If you don't listen to him, you'll all wind up in Heck.
Everybody: Oh, I don't want no more of Army life. Gee Mom, I wanna go home.
BJ & Hawkeye: Oh, the surgeons in the Army, they say we're mighty bright. We work on soldiers through the day and nurses through the night.
Everybody: Oh, I don't want no more of Army life. Gee Mom, I wanna go home.
Col. Potter: Friendships in the army, they say are mighty rare. So I spend all my free time carousing with my mare.
Everybody: Oh, I don't want no more ...
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Features My Darling Clementine (1946) See more »

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They Say That in the Army
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Performed by Alan Alda, Gary Burghoff, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Judy Farrell, Mike Farrell, Enid Kent, Larry Linville, Harry Morgan, Kellye Nakahara, and Loretta Swit
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Classic Mid-series Episode
28 August 2013 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

This episode from the early BJ era, is one of my favorites. No weighty storyline. No characters facing a moral dilemma. It's just a straight up comedy episode with lots of verbal humor and less of the broad comedy that was common in the Trapper John era.

The simple plot is that the camp has been grumpy and Potter hopes that movie night in the mess tent watching "My Darling Clementine" will cheer their spirits. Unfortunately, the film keeps breaking, so they entertain themselves by singing songs and doing impressions. It's really a charming episode and a nice change of pace from the more serious or heavily plotted story lines. Though the episodes from this era were generally pretty light, this particular one is a far cry from the dreary and preachy episodes that would be a staple of the series' final years.


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