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
This is my favorite M.A.S.H. episode. Alan Fudge's performance as Captain Arnold Chandler is utterly convincing and very moving. This episode also contains turns from my two favorite cameo characters, psychiatrist, Sidney Freedman and Army Intelligence spook, Colonel Flagg. In fact every character was given something to do. Gary Burghoff as Radar asks for his Teddy Bear to be blessed by the gently deluded Chandler and pulls off a poignant moment. There is sadness, absurdity and insight that made the best of M.A.S.H. more than just a comedy. As is evident in this episode, comedy is sometimes the least important element in what makes M.A.S.H. worth watching.
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