M*A*S*H: Season 3, Episode 2

Rainbow Bridge (17 Sep. 1974)

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Hawkeye and Trapper are planning to leave for Tokyo when an unusual offer comes in to swap P.O.W. patients between the Chinese and the 4077th. After much debate, Henry agrees to send ... See full summary »


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Hawkeye and Trapper are planning to leave for Tokyo when an unusual offer comes in to swap P.O.W. patients between the Chinese and the 4077th. After much debate, Henry agrees to send Hawkeye, Trapper, Frank, Radar, and Klinger into enemy territory. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama | War





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17 September 1974 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the conditions of the release of the wounded GIs to Hawkeye and the others is that the bus drives across the bridge to the wounded GIs. However, a minute later when the deal is okayed, they bring the GIs across the bridge to the bus. See more »


Dr. Lin Tam: [laughing at the Baby Browning Margaret loaned to Frank] What the hell is that?
Hawkeye: It came from a box of Cracker Jacks. It's also a whistle.
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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »


North Korean Blues
Composed and Performed by Loudon Wainwright III
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Frank Become Dangerous
5 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hawkeye and Trapper are ready to set sail for Tokyo. Their bags are packed and they have got their reservations and plans. Henry even brings them a list of things to pick up for others in the camp. Suddenly, a truckload of plasma shows up. Apparently, when this happens it means that wounded are on the way (and it turns out this is so). They take care of this and then Henry has another task. It seems that the Chinese (the enemy) have several wounded soldiers and they don't have the ability to care for them. They have offered an olive branch. If the 4077th were to send a bus, following their conditions, they can take the wounded back to camp. Of course, they must deal with the reality that it could be a trap. Frank is suspicious. Margaret talks him into going along, hoping he will get a citation or a promotion. What he is is trouble. Margaret gives him a pistol to take along which is counter to the demands of the Chinese. They all meet at what is referred to as the Rainbow Bridge.

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