M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Out of Sight, Out of Mind 

Hawkeye is temporarily blinded while trying to fix the nurses' furnace, and Frank finds a sure-fire way to win bets on baseball games.






Episode cast overview:
Father Francis Mulcahy (credit only)
Tom Straw
Judy Farrell ...
Enid Kent ...
Lt. Gage, RN
Dudley Knight ...
Major Jim Overman


Frank's brief stint of camaraderie is over; he is back to being a weasel. He listens to an early a.m. broadcast of a Giants-Dodgers game. A few minutes later, the nurses come calling Hawkeye, the only one who can fix their temperamental gas heater. There is a loud explosion and lots of yelling: Hawkeye has been blinded. Potter asks Radar to call the 121st Evac.; Gen. O'Reilly kicks butts and takes names getting Dr. James Overman for his friend. Overman bandages Hawkeye and promises to return Friday. At the Giants-Dodgers rebroadcast, to which most of the 4077 listens, Frank makes a killing by betting on a Dodgers Cinderella comeback over the Giants with a 3-run homer. This gives Hawkeye a devilish idea how to get even with Frank. On Friday, Dr. Overman is back; either way, Hawkeye says he never spent a more conscious week, relying on his other senses. Will Hawkeye see again with his eyes? How many 4077 personnel will it take to unscrew Frank's wallet from his pants pocket? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

5 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Tom Straw is played by Tom Sullivan, who is blind in real life. See more »


Maj. Overman, the ophthalmologist, wears glasses with 1970s frames not available during the 1950s. See more »


Hawkeye: [Pierce, who was blinded earlier in the episode, calls out] Is there a doctor in the house?
Frank Burns: What is it, Pierce?
Hawkeye: Oh, Frank, I'm glad you're here - go get a doctor.
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References The Invisible Man (1933) See more »


Three Blind Mice
Whistled by Larry Linville
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He Never Stops Vibrating
16 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

On a cold evening, a group of nurses need their stove fixed. They go to the Swamp to get Hawkeye. As he lights the balking heater, it explodes in his face and he is blinded. The episode centers around his frenetic efforts to deal with the possibility that he may be permanently blind. While in the hospital he hooks up with another sightless guy. His loss happened when a grenade exploded in front of him. Now Hawkeye must wait several days to find out if his blindness is permanent. The hard part of this is watching Hawkeye bouncing around from place to place, never allowing himself time to think. There are some interesting "sight" gags along the way. It is an episode that gives us an opportunity to think about our own vulnerability.

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