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The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan 

Margaret takes off in the middle of the night to help deliver a Korean baby. Nobody knows of her whereabouts, and Colonel Flagg is brought in to help investigate her disappearance.

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Father Francis Mulcahy (credit only)
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Margaret is on late duty; she is relieved by Nurse Able in the wee hours. Klinger is at the end of guard duty as Margaret walks to her tent. Margaret is approached by a young Korean girl who says her mother is in labor. Margaret goes with her about the time Klinger goes to sleep. The following morning, Colonel Potter needs Margaret. Radar scours the camp looking for her--even in the nurse's shower--and he calls the MPs: no one has seen Margaret. Frank grabs a gun and shoots it. Colonel Potter prefers Intelligence: but that does that really mean Col. Flagg (Edward Winter)? Flagg impersonates a Chinese double agent, Ling Chow, in a a comedy of errors. The men and women of the 4077 (and unwanted guest) are shot and hobbling, worried or in the "constant state of utter confusion" in which one of them keeps himself. Col. Flagg claims to be "the Wind"? But, has Flagg ever really worked as a showgirl at The Sands, Las Vegas? Written by LA-Lawyer

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missing person | confusion | See All (2) »

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26 October 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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When Col. Flag jumps out the window and breaks his leg, at the end of the episode, he grunts before you hear the glass break. See more »

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Hawkeye and Colonel Flagg talk about the Sands hotel. Flagg says he used to be a showgirl at the Sands, which is unlikely because he was already in Korea by the time The Sands opened in Debember of 1952. See more »

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Col. Sherman T. Potter: [about Frank] You've got to give him points for ingenuity. Not all doctors provide patients for themselves.
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References Anything Goes (1936) See more »

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
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Music by Jerome Kern
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
Performed by Alan Alda
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A Terrific Episode: The Flagg Ship of the Series
17 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Margaret disappears from the camp. Actually, Klinger knows where she went, but doesn't get the message out. This leads to an all-out search for her. When that fails I-corps is notified and who should be sent but Colonel Flagg. The one liners abound. I love listening to Flagg tell of his experiences. I also enjoy the constant threats he makes when people don't listen to his drivel. Frank puts his arm around him "buddy" style and he says: "My father put his arm around me like that. He spent the rest of his life wearing orthopedic shirts." It is priceless. The whole thing about being show girl in Las Vegas is matchless. Anyway, there are probably three episodes I would never miss and this is one of them.


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