M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 17

Sometimes You Hear the Bullet (28 Jan. 1973)

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Hawkeye's childhood buddy drops by, and reveals that he is writing a book about his experiences in the infantry - experiences that may hit a little too close to home.

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Hawkeye's childhood buddy drops by, and reveals that he is writing a book about his experiences in the infantry - experiences that may hit a little too close to home.

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The title is based on the title of the book that Corproal Gillis plans to write about his experience in Korea. See more »

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In reality, instead of receiving a Purple Heart, Frank would have been discharged from the military for throwing his back out. Back problems were grounds for automatic disqualification from military service during the Korean War. See more »

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Hawkeye: [making out with a nurse in the Swamp, as Radar knocks] Hot Lips, if you don't get out of here, I'll shoot you.
Radar: It's Radar.
Hawkeye: Radar, if you don't get out of here, I'll shoot Hot Lips.
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A Really Poignant Episode
23 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hawkey meets up with an old friend who is a writer, working near the front. They joke around about their shenanigans as young men. He is writing a book about what it is like to be in combat with the detail that a young soldier who had been shot said he never heard the bullet. There is a subplot that Frank Burns has applied for a purple heart because while on a tryst with Hot Lips, his back went out and he is thrown on the ground in front of her tent to avoid embarrassment. He sees this as "injured in a war zone." There is also a fight between two injured guys in post-op over a stolen salami. Back to the real story, a young guy named Wendel (played by Ronnie Howard) who has lied to get into the Marines (he is only 16). He confesses that his only reason for being there is to get a medal and show up a girlfriend that jilted him. Things heat up when Hawkeye's friend is brought in in critical condition. This is one of those memorable episodes with a quote that is always brings the horrors of war into focus.


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