M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Period of Adjustment 

B.J. and Klinger get drunk in despair at being envious to the now departed Radar.




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Episode cast overview:
Jan Jorden ...
Gwen Farrell ...


Klinger is performing his new duties "with all the efficiency of a one-legged man at a butt-kicking contest," or so says Colonel Potter. Margaret calls Klinger "Company Cluck." Chuckles calls him an oaf. Poor Klinger! Peg writes BJ how much Erin liked Radar and BJ is suddenly jolted with an irrational envy. BJ hates the sound of Radar's name and Klinger was tired of it 2 weeks ago. Hawkeye gets punched and 3 Marines nearly get vaccinated with darts. BJ and Klinger are on a drunken spree. Father Mulcahy gives Colonel Potter wise counsel; the CO remembers his own first days when he took the 4077 command from Lt. Col. Henry Blake. BJ laments about what he has missed and can never get back: Erin's lifetime. Stills, eyes and friendships are mended. Klinger follows his CO's sage advice: Klinger starts to make the job of Company clerk his own! Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

22 October 1979 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Potter sardonically refers to Hawkeye, who had a black eye from BJ striking him, as "the great John L." This is likely a reference to John L. Sullivan, the first heavyweight champion of gloved boxing. See more »


Potter says to Father Mulcahy "You wouldn't lie to a Presbyterian, would you?" In the episode "Welcome To Korea," Potter had said he was Methodist. See more »


[Radar has met BJ's family in San Francisco]
B.J.: First time my little girl ever called anybody "Daddy"...
B.J.: and it wasn't *me*.
Hawkeye: Look, it could have been anyone in a uniform.
B.J.: I know. I can see him standing there, holding her hand, laughing. I see Peg smiling... wearing that perfume she wears. I can see him giving Erin the present I sent for her. Touching her hair. Getting the hug I should have gotten. Radar's home, Hawk, I should be glad for him. But I'm not! I so torn up with envy, I almost hate...
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Crazy Credits

In an unusual move, the writers' and director's credits at the beginning of the episode are framed on the screen so as to not block Col. Potter's face while he is speaking on the phone. See more »


References The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) See more »

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Klinger and Hunnicutt on the Loose
14 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again, B.J. goes into his sad sack stage when he gets a letter from his wife, saying that Radar met her and their little girl mistook him for her daddy. Meanwhile, Klinger has been given the job vacated by the little corporal and he is having a terrible time. In anger, Hunnicutt knocks Hawkeye unconscious, destroys the still, and rushes out the door of the swamp. He finds an ally in the persecuted clerk. The episode involves the two of them going on a binge and being sought out by Potter and the others. Once again, the amount of drinking that is used for humor doesn't wash with me. I ask the question again: "If there are only a handful of surgeons, how can these guys be hammered so much of the time?" Had there been casualties, it would have been devastating. I know it's only a television show, but some sense of order needs to be there.

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