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

The Abduction of Margaret Houlihan (26 Oct. 1976)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, War
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Father Francis Mulcahy (credit only)
Susan Bredhoff ...
Korean Woman (as June Kim)
Le Quynh ...
Korean Husband
Susan Sakimoto ...
Johnny Yune ...
Korean Translator (as Jon Yune)


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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missing person | confusion | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama | War






Release Date:

26 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Colonel Flagg: [after Frank Burns pats his shoulder] My father touched me that way once. To this day he still has to wear orthopedic shirts.
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References The Abduction of Saint Anne (1975) See more »


Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
Written by Jerome Kern and Otto A. Harbach
Sung 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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