M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Pilot 

The Swamp's Korean houseboy, Ho-Jon, is accepted to attend school at Hawkeye's alma mater. The camp raises money to send Ho-Jon to Maine by raffling a weekend in Tokyo with a nurse, much to the chagrin of Hot Lips and Burns.

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Dateline: Korea, 1950 and the 4077 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M*A*S*H) and their personnel are located 3 miles from the front and the fighting. In "The Swamp," the tent shared by a few of the physicians, Maj. Frank Burns, Capt. Hawkeye Pierce, Capt. Oliver "Spearchucker" Jones and Capt. Trapper John McIntyre, Hawkeye and Trapper plot to raffle off a nurse for a good cause: to send their houseboy, Ho-Jon, to medical school in the States. Lt. Colonel Henry Blake, their commanding officer, tosses a temporary spanner into their plans and places the square Maj. Burns (and his sidekick, Maj. Margaret "Hotlips" Houlihan) in charge of the 4077. Hawkeye and Trapper are determined to have their hellacious fundraiser, but they know, to succeed, it will require a real shot in the arm...or somewhere in the anatomy. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War

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17 September 1972 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Wayne Rogers was originally considered for the Hawkeye role; finding the character too sardonic for his tastes, he asked if he could instead test as Trapper John, who was more upbeat. See more »

Goofs

During the raffle party, when Gen. Hammond places Hawkeye and Trapper under arrest, incoming choppers are heard by Radar and announced over the P.A. But the party takes place during nighttime, and Med-evac helicopters could not fly at night. See more »

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[first lines]
[Trapper drives a golf ball, which sets off an explosion in the mine field]
Army Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre: Fore!
[Radar stops in mid-football practice to look out over the hills]
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Here they come!
Capt. 'Spearchucker' Jones: I don't hear nothin'.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Wait for it.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the episode, a PA announcement is made similar to that at the end of MASH (1970), over the instrumental for "Suicide is Painless" the announcer (Jamie Farr) states: "Attention, attention! The following personnel are assigned to the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers, McLean Stevenson, Loretta Swit, G. Wood, Larry Linville, Gary Burghoff, Karen Philipp, George Morgan, Patrick Adiarte, Timothy Brown, Odessa Cleveland." See more »

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Chattanooga Choo Choo
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung in Japanese over the loudspeaker during the raffle party
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Amazing How This Already Seems in the Groove
30 May 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This pilot seems like the show is off and running and this episode seems like it is already in mid-season form. Interesting how the beginning sequence shows for the only time what preceded the choppers coming in.

Hawkeye is already the conniving Doctor here who plots to get what he needs to send Ho Jong to college which was the purpose behind his selling Nurse Dish in a rigged raffle along with a week-end in Tokyo.

Of course the drawing is rigged and the superiors are out smarted. Everything is here for what happened when the series continued. The difference is that the drama is not ramped up yet. That will happen later, this one is just a fine introduction to the series.


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