M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler 

The latest group of casualties includes a bomber pilot who claims he's Jesus Christ. Frank and Margaret think he's faking battle fatigue in order to get a discharge, and they bring in Colonel Flagg to help expose him.



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Incoming wounded include a Captain who identifies himself to Radar and the doctors as Jesus Christ. He does not appear to be bucking for a Section 8 and seems placid and harmless. Radar is particularly taken with the gentle Captain. But, naturally, Hotlips and Frank are offended; they think BJ and Hawkeye are "up to something." Col. Potter dismisses them as snitches, so they call Crazy in Army, Col. Flagg. Flagg brings the dossier of the fallen Captain, Bombardier Pilot Arnold T. Chandler of the 428th Bomber Squadron, shot down after flying an "inconsequential" 57 bombing missions and earning all possible medals, honors and decorations. The doctors think Chandler has battle fatigue. Flagg thinks he has turned "chicken" and wants to turn up the heat. Potter is not Henry: he stands right up to the bullying Flagg, which makes Hawkeye smile. Hawkeye suggests Dr. Sidney Freedman; Potter and BJ are meeting the good, the bad and the ugly in this episode. Sidney thinks Chandler lost himself ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

7 November 1975 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Sidney Freedman first arrives he runs into Colonel Flagg. Flagg states he and Sidney played poker together once. This is most likely a reference to Season 2's "Deal Me Out". Edward Winter played Captain Halloran from the CID. Although not directly defined the most likely explanation is Captain Halloran is one of Flagg's many aliases. See more »


Hawkeye takes a blood pressure cuff off of a patient, ripping open the Velcro on it. Although Velcro was invented in 1948, it was not in production or even patented until years after the Korean War ended. See more »


Cpl. Walter Eugene 'Radar' O'Reilly: I was wondering if you could bless something.
Captain Chandler: A bag?
Cpl. Walter Eugene 'Radar' O'Reilly: No, what's in the bag.
[takes out his teddy bear]
Cpl. Walter Eugene 'Radar' O'Reilly: I know he's not real but we're close.
Captain Chandler: Bless him... and bless you, Radar.
Cpl. Walter Eugene 'Radar' O'Reilly: ...My name's Walter.
Captain Chandler: Bless you, Walter.
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References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »


The More I See You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Portion sung by Jamie Farr
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Not a Bad Substitute!
12 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

A man returns from combat, thinking he is Jesus Christ. He has a gentle demeanor about him and begins to have an affect on the camp. Margaret and Frank, of course, immediately turn on the guy, and try to have him punished. Who should show up but Colonel Flagg who is going to do his usual CIA job on this man. He has the actual information on the guy, showing that he is a bombardier who has flown close to sixty missions. We also have a visit from Sidney Freedman (one of the best minor characters in this series), who must deal with the fact that the guy actually does believe what he is saying. This is one of those cool episodes where what is right overcomes the bigotry that is Frank Burns. The paranoia of Flagg and the abject cruelty that continues with Frank and Margaret isn't terribly funny here.

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