M*A*S*H: Season 10, Episode 1

That's Show Biz (26 Oct. 1981)

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A touring USO show brings an unexpected touch of vaudeville to the 4077th when the star showgirl requires an emergency operation.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gwen Verdon ...
Brandy Doyle
Danny Dayton ...
Fast Freddie Nichols
Gail Edwards ...
Marina Ryan
Sarah Miller
Amanda McBroom ...
Ellie Carlyle
Richard Molnar ...
Michael Nowicki
Freddie Dawson ...


A touring USO show brings an unexpected touch of vaudeville to the 4077th when the star showgirl requires an emergency operation.

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Comedy | Drama | War





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26 October 1981 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: [upon diagnosing appendicitis] That's right up my alley, I wrote the book on the appendix. I even wrote the appendix, but they took that out.
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References 42nd Street (1933) See more »


Molly Malone (Cockles and Mussels)
Traditional Irish folk song
Lyrics attributed to James Yorkston
Sung by Karen Landry and cast
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old-style heart, new-style ideas
23 May 2012 | by (Jersey City) – See all my reviews

This two-part season opener is long on heart and an innocence reminiscent of early seasons. A USO troupe is forced to lay over in camp. Legendary stripper Brandy Doyle (played by Broadway legend Gwen Verdon) falls for Potter. Klinger endlessly emulates hack comic Fast Freddie Nichols (Danny Dayton). Winchester poo-poos an accordion player (Amanda McBroom), and is chagrined when she reveals herself to be a concert pianist paying the bills (STAR TREK fans might moisten themselves when they recognize her from the TNG episode "Measure of a Man"). One plot line that looks retro but has the whiff of late-series maudlinity, involves a singer (the adorable Gail Edwards) falling for Hawkeye, who rebuffs her advances because he doesn't want to "take advantage". You won't know whether to reach for the barf bag or the tissue.

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