M*A*S*H: Season 5, Episode 23

Post Op (8 Mar. 1977)

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The 4077th is deluged with patients and their individual medical histories. Then they run out of blood and everyone is donating at 48-hour intervals.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Father Francis Mulcahy (credit only)
Hilly Hicks ...
Andy Romano ...
Sergeant Justiss
Sergeant Raymond McGill
Richard Beauchamp ...
Cpl. Robelo
Corporal Nessen
Private Garvin
Andrew Bloch ...


The 4077 needs blood, lots of it and then some. All personnel (but Ferret Face) have contributed twice. Naturally, the hospital is slammed; Sgt. Jerris Moody is a black medic who brings them one bus load. Margaret talks in Post Op with a young private who came face to face with a Chinese soldier and lived to tell about it. Klinger donates his hair for a good cause to a GI of Puerto Rican descent. BJ learns all about land mines and booby traps from Herb, a GI whose leg he was forced to amputate. Frank is panic-stricken when a patient of his is unconscious and tries to blame a nurse. Hawkeye tries to cheer up Whitney, a GI who was shot in the rear echelon and is embarrassed. Moody has to fight a bunch of drunk, bigoted GIs who ask him "to dance." Colonel Potter figures out Frank's patient was a snakebite victim. Frank is sure his wife, Louise, is back home fooling around. BJ delivers what he considers good news to Sgt. Raymond McGill: he is going stateside. But, McGill does not want to ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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8 March 1977 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Hawkeye: [the 4077th is dangerously low on blood] Now, Frank, how come you've never donated?
Frank Burns: Strategy. One of us should always have a full tank.
Hawkeye: Now why didn't I think of that?
Col. Potter: Because you're not an idiot.
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Picking Up the Pieces
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The unit is running out of blood as they fill the hospital with patients. They are trying to make do with things as they are. One patient has lost a leg from a land mine. Another is unconscious from some unexplainable cause. The soldiers have seen enough death and know that if they are OK'd to leave, they will be sent to the front. BJ has to negotiate with a guy who has a whole bunch of enterprises going on. Another guy is from Puerto Rico and has had his mustache cut off (which makes him lose face with his peers). Klinger comes to his aid. This is one of those episodes where we get a look at all the things that occupy the professional life of these guys.

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