M*A*S*H: Season 5, Episode 6

The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan (26 Oct. 1976)

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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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Susan Bredhoff ...
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Korean Woman (as June Kim)
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Susan Sakimoto ...
Johnny Yune ...
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Margaret is on late duty; she is relieved by Nurse Able in the wee hours. Klinger is on guard duty as Margaret walks to her tent. She is approached by a young Korean girl who says her mother is in labor and, in seconds, Margaret goes with her. Within minutes, Klinger goes off duty and straight to sleep. The following morning, Colonel Potter needs Margaret and 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 means Colonel Flagg (Edward Winter). Flagg is impersonating a Chinese double agent, Ling Chow. It's 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. Is Col. Flagg really "the Wind"? And, has Flagg ever really worked as a showgirl at The Sands, Las Vegas? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Trivia

Klinger sings "You're the Top" from the Cole Porter musical "Anything Goes" and B.J. quotes a line from the Fred Astaire movie musical "Shall We Dance" ("Let's call the whole thing off"). 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 »

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Hawkeye: [referring to Col. Flagg who just jumped through a window] The Wind just broke its leg.
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References Shall We Dance (1937) See more »

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
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Written by Jerome Kern and Otto A. Harbach
Sung by Alan Alda
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28 March 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Great episode, only MASH episode that rivalled this in terms of humour IMO was Adam's Ribs .Flagg is defimitely one of those less is more characters, he made more of an impact due to his relatively few appearances on the show. Especially like the looks on Frank, BJ and Hawkeye's faces when Flagg tells them he was a showgirl at the Sands in Vegas. Pity Edward Winter went relatively young he was a great comedy actor, particularly liked his scenes with Alan Alda and Larry Linville. Season 5,IMO, was the peak of the show, but Linville, I feel, was right to quit when he did, Frank 's ineptness was starting to become annoying rather than funny


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