M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Temporary Duty 

The 4077th and the 8063rd exchange Hawkeye and a nurse for a crude bumpkin surgeon and a personal friend of Margaret.



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Airs Tue. Aug. 22, 6:30 PM on TVLAND



Episode cast overview:
Capt. Roy Dupree
Nurse Lorraine Anderson
Enid Kent ...


Colonel Wheatley of the 8063 wants each of the M*A*S*H units to observe methods of the others. Hawkeye and Lt. Bigelow are spending a week at the 8063 while a chest cutter named Dupree and Nurse Anderson spend a week at 4077. Chuckles finally erects his Boston arrow on the 4077 totem pole. Capt. Lorraine Anderson is an old friend of Margaret, Army brats who grew up together. Capt. Roy Dupree is an Arkansas hillbilly; naturally he is too far beneath the buffoon for notice but Roy even annoys the placid BJ. Lorraine finds Margaret has changed; Margaret is upset when Lorraine tells stories of their "old days" to the officers. Roy wants to stay at the 4077 and Potter likes his surgical skill. Can BJ and Chuckles finagle their way out of "prairie purgatory?" Will Lorraine be able to convince Margaret to open up and ease up and not allow Major Houlihan to take over her life? Will Sophie survive the moonlight ride? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

13 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When nurse Anderson is lured to WInchester's arterial transplant, BJ clearly asks Houlihan for a scalpel. She gives him a clamp instead. Neither of them notices this. See more »


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[suddenly hugs a stunned Hawkeye]
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Performed by George Lindsey with altered lyrics
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One Goober Too Many
5 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hawkeye does a surgical exchange with another MASH unit. His counterpart is a guy named Dupree, played by George Lindsey, Cousin Goober on the "Andy Griffith Show." He is a boorish windbag who is also an excellent surgeon. He is sort of idiot savant cowboy. Anyway he riles things up for B.J. and Winchester to where they want to be rid of him. Meanwhile, his impressive skills catch the eye of Potter and he is ready to join the party permanently. The second plot is a nurse who arrives with the cowboy. She is an army brat like Margaret and they were partners in crime when young. The problem is that she is still a bit of a wild child, while Margaret is now the mature, responsible one. This leads to conflict and tension between them, and, finally, a really nice conclusion.

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