M*A*S*H: Season 9, Episode 13

No Laughing Matter (16 Feb. 1981)

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Hawkeye's challenge to go through a day without telling a joke is complicated by Winchester's amusingly desperate attempt to curry the favor of a hated visiting officer.


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Hawkeye's challenge to go through a day without telling a joke is complicated by Winchester's amusingly desperate attempt to curry the favor of a hated visiting officer.

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Comedy | Drama | War






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16 February 1981 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When David Odgen Stiers joins the cast as Major Winchester he is transferred to the 4077th by Colonel Baldwin, a full-bird colonel. However, when the Colonel Baldwin character visits the 4077th in episode 13 during the 9th season he is a Lt. Colonel. See more »


Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: [Over P.A. system] Attention all personnel, it's now 12:01, which means it's no longer today, it's tomorrow. This is Benjamin Franklin Berle livening up your dead of night. Thanks to B.J. Hunnicut, I had a brief bout with jokus interruptus, but now I'm back to abnormal. So bare with me while I take care of some unfinished business. Hey Igor, keeper of the public ptomaine, before you go to bed, don't forget to walk tomorrow's breakfast. And let me tell you something, Margaret: you always talk ...
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Hawkeye and Winchester Face Their Demons
24 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two things are going on at the base. Hawkeye, who normally can't go five minutes without a joke, bets B.J. he can go a whole day without an expression of wit. Winchester is visited by the man who sent him from Tokyo General to the MASH unit. Now he hopes if he plays his cards right, he will end up back in Tokyo. People expect sparks to fly. Hawkeye is internally hemorrhaging, trying not to tell any jokes. Both men are dealing with things which challenge their natures. Charles's adversary asks him to scrape up some companionship, so he goes to Rosie's and enlists a prostitute. Unfortunately, Margaret shows up at the guy's tent and there is quite a ruckus. Charles is forced to take the moral ground.

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