M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (17 Sep. 1972)

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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... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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Karen Philipp ...
George Morgan ...
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Odessa Cleveland ...
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Linda Meiklejohn ...
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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. Written by Fox

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Comedy | Drama | War

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17 September 1972 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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The introductory theme song in this episode is about twice as long as in the version shown in syndication for all other episodes. Other changes to this sequence include: "Attention all personnel, report immediately to admitting ward and operating room" being announced over the PA, a man running from the shower stall, a man following a woman out of a bunk marked "Off Limits to Male Personnel", and Hawkeye shouting "This guy's got a rapid pulse, he's in shock, get him down, we're going to work on him first thing. Let's go!" during the landing pad triage. See more »


Hawkeye says that Ho John can live with his parents while going to his alma mater. Later in the series, his mother had died when he was a boy. See more »


[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 »


The Darktown Strutters' Ball
Written by Shelton Brooks
Sung in Japanese over the loudspeaker at the beginning of 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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