M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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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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Comedy | Drama | War

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26 October 1976 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Hawkeye is pretending to play for the Celtics and refers to the cheerleaders celebrating a good shot he has just made. However, the Boston Celtics have never had cheerleaders and only recently (2007) added a dance team. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: [about Flagg's plan] Why don't you just drop an atomic bomb.
Colonel Flagg: Hey, don't try to make friends with me.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
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Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Alan Alda
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Funniest Episode
7 January 2007 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

I have watched the show since its inception to now, and have probably seen every episode a minimum of 5 times. Every time I see a list of episode rankings, I am AMAZED at how low this episode is rated. This episode is UNQUESTIONABLY the funniest of the whole series.

First of all, Colonel Flagg is the funniest character ever written into the show. How could anyone watch the interplay between him and the major characters and not laugh? In addition, the writing in this episode is crisp, the punchlines are fast and furious, and there are very few dead spots.

While you could argue that episodes with more drama might have been better, there were certainly no episodes in the entire run of M*A*S*H that were any funnier.


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