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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Korean Woman (as June Kim)
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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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When Col. Flagg tells everyone to close their eyes so he could leave, you hear him running and then glass breaking as he jumps out the window. However the windows are made up of plastic sheets, not glass. See more »

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Col. Sherman T. Potter: Now, what's the story on Houlihan?
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Nobody has seen her.
Col. Sherman T. Potter: Strange.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: I've checked with everyone from Nurse Able to Sergeant Zale.
Col. Sherman T. Potter: A to Z, very methodical.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Well, I try to use the alphabet whenever I can, Sir.
Col. Sherman T. Potter: Think, Radar. You must've missed someplace.
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: No, no, no. I looked everywhere... except the nurse's showers.
[Potter looks up at Radar]
Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Oh, NO sir! I couldn't look in there. There might be naked female personnel showering in there with their clothes off!
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A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody
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Written by Irving Berlin
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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