Hawkeye saves the life of a colonel who wants him reprimanded for disrespect. B.J. tries to save the marriage of a friend who found out his wife is cheating on him, and Frank is paranoid that all Koreans are hiding or burying bombs.
Frank and Hawkeye race back to the 4077 after spending an entire night at the site of a bus meeting a land mine. Tired, cranky Hawkeye splashes dirt on an uppity Col. by accident. Sgt. Zale turns to BJ for marital advice when he receives a letter from his wife, Hillda, confessing to an infidelity. Colonel Spiker, who took such an instant dislike to Hawkeye, wants to go to the 121st Evac.; he refuses to have the able surgeon anywhere near him, but Col. Potter orders Hawkeye to operate. Frank is bomb-crazy and he harangues the locals who work at the 4077. Margaret finds Hawkeye sleeping in a cot next to his angry Colonel; she credits Hawkeye with doing his best work and for saving the Colonel's life. Potter repeats similar words to Col. Spiker. BJ learns another lesson about Korea: the "moose" tradition. When BJ finds Zale hoist by the petard of his own double standard, he urges Zale to sign a forgiving letter to his wife. Frank urges everyone to dig for hidden bombs. Written by
One of guest star Tim O'Connor's lines is "Sorry don't feed the bulldog." In the previous episode, one of Colonel Potter's lines is, "Kindness don't feed the bulldog." Both actors play colonels, but the similar lines were most likely written by different writers. See more »
Hard day at the office?
I put a colonel back together. I used the spare parts of two majors.
Nothing today. Set Sergeant Zale's hand yesterday. Got a "Dear John" from his wife and tried to go ten rounds with the mess tent stove.
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Frank is leading an effort to increase the security of the camp. He is running around seeing the enemy behind every bush. Meanwhile, as Hawkeye and Frank return from operating on Korean civilians, he inadvertently splashes mud on a colonel. This is a humorless blood and guts kind of guy who gets in Pierce's face. As luck would have it, this guy is hit by artillery and ends up in the MASH hospital. He tells Potter not to let Pierce operate on him. Hawkeye does a magnificent job of performing perfect surgery. Instead of gratitude, the guy is ready to hang him out to dry. Frank's antics continue throughout the episode as he believes that there is murder in the hearts of all Koreans. A solid episode. Another plot has to do with Sgt. Zale who has a double standard when it comes to what men are allowed to do in the military.
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