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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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 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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Plot Keywords:

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 »


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 »


Margaret: Klinger, you're a disgrace to the army.
Klinger: Thank you, ma'am. I'm trying my best.
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References Roberta (1935) See more »


You're the Top
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Jamie Farr with alternate lyrics ("I'm the Top")
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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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