Hawkeye is fed up with having to work with inadequate surgical equipment, so he tries to find somebody to create a makeshift clamp for him. And Klinger tries to find Margaret's wedding ring after it was accidentally thrown out with the trash.




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Brenda Thompson ...
Nurse Campbell (as Brenda Thomson)
Harry Gold ...


Margaret finds out who her friends really are when Klinger accidentally throws out her wedding ring from Donald with the 4077 trash. Hawkeye and BJ are frustrated when they are trying to perform an arterial transplant, but they do not have a vascular clamp small enough to control an artery without crushing it. "How come the Army can make a gun that will level a village 30 miles away, but they can't come up with a tiny surgical tool that will save a man's leg?" Colonel Potter suggests they talk to the U.S. Army, Corps of Engineers, but they are not available; neither the good doctors nor Private Zale can build a clamp that works. So, Hawkeye and BJ find a jack of all trades: a master craftsman who can... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

10 January 1978 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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BJ calls Hawkeye mechanically inept for handing him the wrong tool. In "Comrades in Arms", Margaret says the same thing. See more »


In #6.13 Comrades in Arms part 2, when Hawkeye and Margaret are demonstrating the new vascular surgery technique at the 8063rd, Margaret mentions that the clamp they are using was developed at the 4077th. That is the clamp that is developed in this episode. Margaret was referring to a clamp that supposedly hadn't been developed yet. See more »


Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce: Father, do you have a prayer for an untried vascular clamp?
Father Francis Mulcahy: No, but like you, I can invent one.
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References Show Boat (1929) See more »


Ol' Man River
Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Jamie Farr
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Do It Yourself Clamp
1 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are to stories at work here. One is a young soldier possibly losing his leg because of an ineffective vascular clamp. The boys go about trying to produce one as Charles makes fun of their efforts. In the other plot, Klinger inadvertently throws away Margaret's wedding ring. She goes crazy, making life miserable for Klinger and the entire camp. The humor in this episode has to do with a series of characters who do their best to help with the production of the clamp, including Zelmo Zale. There is an appearance by Keye Luke, the number one son of Charlie Chan in the old movie series. Anyway, there is a cool conclusion.

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