M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Sons and Bowlers 

Ignoring Margaret's offers to help, Potter and B.J. head a bowling team in a championship match against the Marines. Hawkeye's father is having an operation back home, so Hawkeye feels helpless enough to confide in Charles.

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Ignoring Margaret's offers to help, Potter and B.J. head a bowling team in a championship match against the Marines. Hawkeye's father is having an operation back home, so Hawkeye feels helpless enough to confide in Charles.

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bowling | slow motion | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Drama | War

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22 March 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The first open credits not to have the solo guitar intro. Also, the first opening credits to run at 32 seconds as oppose to the usual 50 second opening. See more »

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Hawkeye and Winchester stay by the phone all night waiting for a call. This is also the room that Klinger sleeps in, but we never see him. See more »

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Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: [while the rest of the gang celebrates beating the Marines in bowling, Hawkeye and Charles share a private toast in celebration of Hawkeye's father's successful surgery]
Major Charles Winchester: To our fathers.
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: And their sons.
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This episode features a shorter opening credits sequence using the jauntier version of the theme song usually heard during the end credits. See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
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Music by Milton Ager
Played on the piano by William Christopher
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You Can't Lose 'em All
29 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two plot elements coincide. The unit has put up with a series of competitions against some Marines and has lost every time. It turns out that at least from their own opinion, there are some pretty good bowlers in the camp. They challenge the Marines and things are set. The problem is the B.J. was a good bowler in grade school. The second more serious plot concerns surgery on Hawkeye's father back home. He is doing everything he can to get a call through to the hospital. This leads to a really interesting conversation between Hawkeye and Charles. There are so many hijinks involving the pompous Major. He is such a windbag and becomes the foil for everyone. Here he tells a story about his own father as he has genuine compassion for Hawkeye. It is a tender scene. The bowling match stretches the bounds of believability, but it is entertaining.


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