M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Smilin' Jack 

A chopper pilot with diabetes dead set on bringing in the most wounded from the front to be the 'Chopper Pilot of the Year' continues flying against the docs' orders.



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Episode cast overview:
Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Maj. Frank Burns
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger (credit only)
Dennis Kort ...
Cpl. Howard Owens


When soldiers are hit in the field, they are taken to Battalion Aid Stations and other small first aid units before a chopper is sent to fly them to either M*A*S*H or Evac. hospitals. One of Korea's finest pilots, Lt. "Smilin'" Jack Mitchell, is an old friend of Potter and up for Pilot of the Year. Several months back, when Jack tangled with an Australian nurse, Potter patched Jack's scratch. The scratch failed to heal and Potter suspects diabetes. A young hero, Owens, is on his second Purple Heart; he worries he has a death wish because he keeps following orders and keeps going back to battle. Will Smilin' Jack beat the record and get Pilot of the Year? Will third time be the charm for the decorated hero? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

3 February 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Smilin' Jack is played by actor Robert Hogan, who has a connection to another war comedy series. The main character in the WWII POW camp sitcom, "Hogan's Heroes" (1965), Col. Robert Hogan, was named after him by his friend, the show's co-creator Bernard Fein. He also appeared in minor roles in two episodes of that series. See more »


Toward the end, Radar informs Smiling Jack that his record has been broken, stating, "I don't think so, sir." Studio lights are reflecting off of Radar's glasses. See more »


References Dracula (1931) See more »

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There's Always Room for One More
14 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A helicopter pilot, affectionately known as "Smilin' Jack" needs to deliver three more casualties to tie the record. Sadly, it turns out he is diabetic and is flying under the radar. Potter realizes he has the correct symptoms and grounds him. He will be going home. This episode focuses on the whole ugly process of getting guys out of harm's way and getting them treated. There is a subplot involving a young guy who is getting his second Purple Heart. He begins to feel that there is something in him that produces a death wish. Actually, he is pretty much like any normal guy who has had to face what he faces. This episode is pretty simple and not remarkable in any way. Still, the guy who plays Jack is quite charismatic.

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