M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Officers Only 

In gratitude for Hawkeye and Trapper saving his son, a general donates an officer's club to the 4077th. Hawkeye and Trapper work to allow everyone access to the club.



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Episode cast overview:
Odessa Cleveland ...
Robert Weaver ...
Pvt. Gary Mitchell
Sheila Lauritsen ...
Nurse Watson
Ralph Grosh ...
General's Aide


Trapper and Hawkeye remove a veritable junkyard from paratrooper, Gary Mitchell, and incur the undying gratitude of Gen. Mitchell, his father. Gen. Mitchell sends the pair on a drunken toot to Tokyo which ends up tiring Radar and Henry more than the revellers. Upon their return to camp, they find Frank arranged for Gen. Mitchell to give the 4077 a club for "Officers Only." This is not so nifty for the enlisted men...and they are not about to let the officers forget it. Can Trapper and Hawkeye think of a way to bring down the sign...without bringing down the whole club around it? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

22 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The sign Radar nails above the door of the Officers Club reads, "Officers' Only". This is an incorrect use of the possessive apostrophe. It should simply read, "Officers Only". See more »


Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan: Colonel...
Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan: Major Burns is ready to assist.
Army Capt. "Trapper John" McIntyre: What do you think I'm doing? Stalling 'til my room is ready?
Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan: I think it only fitting that a Captain be assisted by a Major when working on the son of a General, Colonel.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: I think you just conjugated the Pentagon!
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Battle Hymn Of The Republic
Written by Julia Ward Howe and William Steffe
Hummed by cast in closing scene
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Good Luck Doesn't Always Work for Everyone
27 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A General's son is operated on successfully by the surgeons and out of gratitude some nice things are given to the unit. One of them is the building of an officer's club. It is replete with bartending staff, a juke box, full bar, and so on. Unfortunately, Blake is unable to get a banana daiquiri. The problem is that it is an "officer's" club. That means that the enlisted personnel can't use it. Of course, Margaret and Frank stand in the way of getting it open to the others in the camp. Radar, Klinger, and other regulars who are enlisted begin to snub Hawkeye, Trapper, and the other officers. Something must be done and the answer comes when the General's son is helped into the club while the General is there. It's a fairly ordinary episode that has been done before in various ways. Still, better than most comedy.

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