During a lull in casualties, friction occurs when Charles and B.J. try to write an article for a prestigious journal on a procedure they'd performed. Margaret discovers more about herself through a visit from Scully.
There is still a lull in the conflict... until Col. Potter announces good news. Corporal Howser, former 4077 patient, is recovering nicely at Walter Reed after the intricate "plumbing reroute" done by BJ and Chuckles. The U.S. medical community is abuzz and The American College of Surgeons wants the two surgeons to write a paper for publication on the mobilization and exteriorization of the descending colon performed on Howser. Hawkeye is happy to see Jack Scully (Joshua Bryant) roll into "his favorite party town" but Scully is there to see Margaret. As egos and tempers flare in The Swamp, Margaret learns Scully has been busted to Private. But, Scully is a bit of a chauvinist and expects her to be his demure subordinate. The Major has grown: she is comfortable with her rank. She wants a man who is 10% her father, 10% Hawkeye, 3% Frank Burns and 1% her ex-husband, Donald. She never finishes her math: but she and Hawkeye agree they are each looking for a custom fit in an off-the-rack ... Written by
Things start out positively when the unit receives a request for the two doctors (Winchester and Hunnicutt) to write an article for a prestigious medical journal concerning a procedure that they performed. The problem is that Charles wants all the credit and B.J. is unyielding, so nothing gets done. They have only five days to create this. The other plot line is that the one time Sergeant Scully (now busted to Private) rolls into camp to see Margaret. He immediately expects favors from her and she is offended. On Hawkeye's advice she relents, with interesting results. This Is a so-so episode which focuses on the expectations of one person, clashing with that of another. It's also about ego and stubbornness.
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