M*A*S*H: Season 3, Episode 6

Springtime (15 Oct. 1974)

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Several wild events happen during a nice spring day in Korea. First, a marine who Hawkeye performs surgery on feels beholden to him. Next, Radar falls for a nurse who's main interest is ... See full summary »

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Several wild events happen during a nice spring day in Korea. First, a marine who Hawkeye performs surgery on feels beholden to him. Next, Radar falls for a nurse who's main interest is poetry. Then Klinger receives a letter from his girl Laverne who agrees to marry him. Finally, a young soldier in a catatonic state and with no tags wanders into post-op with a strange fixation for a kitten. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Alex Karras guest stars in this episode as Marine Lyle Wesson, who shows his appreciation for Hawkeye's saving his life by doing various over-the-top favors, one of which was picking up Major Burns and swinging him around Col. Blake's office after Burns mouthed off to Hawkeye one too many times. After this incident, Hawkeye chastises Wesson, to which Wesson replies, "Lyle bad. Do bad things." This references the part he played in Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles (1974), which opened in theaters the same year this episode aired. See more »

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When Radar mentions the movie that is playing in camp that week, he mentions that it is a Godzilla movie. However, since this supposedly takes place in 1952 it couldn't be due to the fact that Godzilla did not debut until two years later in 1954. See more »

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Lyle Wesson: Hey, doc, they're getting ready to send me back! But, before I go, I wanted to get your home address, so we can be pen pals after the war.
Hawkeye: [wanting this guy off of his back] Oh, no, you don't want to do that - I'm very boring, and besides, I write everything in prescription.
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(From A Midsummer Night's Dream)
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Played at wedding ceremony
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MASH's funniest episode
11 October 2012 | by (South Dakota, USA, Earth, The Milky Way) – See all my reviews

"Springtime" is M*AS*H at its peak, during the first three seasons, when comedy ruled and the brilliant Larry Gelbart ran the show so well. "Springtime" is set at just that time of year, and people are acting like blooming idiots. That works well in this episode written by Linda Bloodworth and Mary Kay Place. Place also plays a seemingly shy nurse who Radar longs for, and makes a play for -- before she reveals her true nature once he "charms" her with an appalling poem. Some girls are suckers for poetry, it seems. Detroit Lions great Alex Karras appears as a massive soldier who really, really, really wants to pay back Hawkeye for saving his life. Really. It's a reunion for Karras and Alan Alda, who appeared in "Paper Lion," the story of writer George Plimpton and the Lions. Karras was a great player and a talented comedic presence as well. At the same time, another wounded soldier is attached to a kitty, which surprisingly turns dangerous for Hawk, until the grateful soldier comes to the rescue. In addition, Klinger, dressed appropriately inappropriate, is getting married via shortwave radio, Frank and Hot Lips are out to stop it, and Col. Blake is at his fed-up, wanna-go-home best, complete with a great comic line when the radio is fouled up during the marriage. Why McLean Stevenson walked away from this part is a riddle for the ages. He was letter-perfect, and that letter was the big I on his college sweater. Place, who went on to a bit of fame and fortune in "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman," and has had a long, successful career as an actress, writer and director, and Bloodworth, who created and wrote much of "Designing Women," captured the wild, weird and wacky spirit of M*A*S*H in this classic episode. They showed early that they knew funny. It aired opposite Game 3 of the 1974 World Series on Oct. 15, 1974, and while few watch reruns of the A's-Mets Game 3 (which was a good one, A's won 3-2), this episode will have people laughing for eons. And what's better is, it should.


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