M*A*S*H: Season 9, Episode 9

Taking the Fifth (19 Jan. 1981)

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Klinger happens upon a bottle of vintage French wine and Hawkeye uses it to lure a nurse into his clutches. Winchester deals with Klinger to get more bottles of the wine. Col. Potter trades... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Charles Hallahan ...
Colin Turnbull
Margie Impert ...
Lt. Sandra Palmer
Judy Farrell ...
Jan Jorden ...


Klinger happens upon a bottle of vintage French wine and Hawkeye uses it to lure a nurse into his clutches. Winchester deals with Klinger to get more bottles of the wine. Col. Potter trades with the Canadians for a special anesthetic forbidden by the U.S. Army. Written by Kathy Hofmann

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Comedy | Drama | War





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19 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Second Battalion of Princess Patricia's Light Infantry was stationed in Korea from December 18, 1950 to November 4, 1951. This dates the episode in spring or summer of 1951. This actually would have been before Col. Potter took command on 19 Sep 1952. See more »


Potter mentions the US Army had recently banned the use of curare for medical units. The US Army never approved the use of curare in the first place. See more »


Colonel Sherman T. Potter: You mean you were so busy with your horse trading that you forgot to put H20 in the canteen?
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


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Sometimes One Gets Boreauxed
23 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Once again, Hawkeye takes his male chauvinist pig show on the road. He commandeers a bottle of wine which Charles realizes is a fine one. But our inimitable Captain won't let go of it. So he decides to offer it to any nurse is willing to go out with him for a romantic evening. He becomes insufferable. He eventually gets a letter from one who signs herself "Sweet Preserves." Meanwhile, the unit needs curare for an anesthetic which the Army won't give them. They need to tap a Canadian unit where it is legal. Potter and Klinger have to go out and risk their lives to get some of this. Meanwhile, the wine has a curious fate as does Hawkeye.

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