M*A*S*H: Season 9, Episode 8

Tell It to the Marines (12 Jan. 1981)

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B.J. and Hawkeye try to get a hardship discharge for an immigrant Marine whose Mom is being deported before he can get home. Winchester becomes C.O. for a few days, using his new position ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Michael McGuire ...
Col. Mulholland
Denny Miller ...
Military Policeman
Stan Wells ...
Pvt. Jost Van Liter
James Gallery ...
Murray Thompson


B.J. and Hawkeye try to get a hardship discharge for an immigrant Marine whose Mom is being deported before he can get home. Winchester becomes C.O. for a few days, using his new position to get himself silk sheets and other "basic necessities of life". Written by Kathy Hofmann

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12 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Pierce makes a reference to majordomo. This is a reference to long standing title especially in Europe. The majordomo is responsible for the management of a household or business. See more »


Hawkeye answers the riddle, "What's black and white and read/red all over?" with "A newspaper, or a suntanned zebra." What he had in mind was a sunburned zebra. See more »


Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: Somehow we knew you were back Colonel when we saw Charles doing a 100 yard flash across the compound.
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Written by Gene Autry and Ray Whitley
Performed by Harry Morgan
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Could This Be Stretching Things a Bit
24 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Colonel Potter goes off to spend some time with some old chums and puts Winchester in charge of the camp. In the early days, Frank Burns would become a military tyrant, but Winchester uses his position to feather his bed with luxuries and enlists Klinger to be his personal aide (or perhaps, slave). While this is going on, a young soldier of Dutch origin has a problem involving the deportation of his mother. Hawkeye gets into it when he attacks the Marines for being utterly inflexible in a personal manner, even though this boy has two purple hearts and two other citations for heroism. He writes a letter to Stars and Stripes and is immediately assaulted by a Marine Commander. The rest of the episode has to do with his freedom to do this. One issue I would wonder about is whether in a time of war, reprisals couldn't happen for the young Marine. Even with Pierce putting his name on these things, it could get back that this is a disgruntled soldier, despite his record. Just a thought.

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