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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Episode credited cast:
Lance Cpl. Lyle Wesson
Lt. Louise Simmons
Greg Mabrey ...
Jeff Maxwell ...
Roy Goldman ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gwen Farrell ...
Lt. Baker
Patricia Stevens ...


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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Comedy | Drama | War





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15 October 1974 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Radar is reading "A Channel Passage" by Rupert Brooke to Lt Louise Simmons when she attacks him. The line just before the attack is "...Retchings twist and tie me, Old meat, good meals, brown gobbets, up I throw." See more »


Hawkeye claimed that the nurse he had been dreaming of was a rerun. In 1952, all television broadcasts were live. There was no such thing yet as a "rerun". See more »


Major Franklin Marion Burns: [to Margaret] Funny thing, war... Never have so many suffered so much so so few could be so happy.
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References Blazing Saddles (1974) See more »


Wedding March
(From A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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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