The Army-Navy game back home holds everyone's attention (and everyone's bet money) until an artillery barrage forces the camp to dispose of an unexploded shell.

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Everyone at 4077 is excited over the annual grudge fest of the gridiron (and possible payday) the Army-Navy Football Game. As a small crew gathers around the radio in Henry's office to monitor bets, drinks and yardage, the 4077 is suddenly pinned down by enemy fire. When an unexploded bomb lands in the middle of the compound, everyone protects the patients. As Henry lies wounded and dazed, the fainting goat, (Frank) is briefly in command. Hawkeye and Trapper step over Frank to examine the bomb, which they hear ticking with their stethoscopes. When Henry wakes up, he is furious: the Army blames the Navy, the Navy blames the Army and Henry is not sure they all understand there is a bigger game than football getting ready to kick off. Hawkeye gets the serial number from the casing and no one can quite believe who sent the bomb. Can Yankee ingenuity and a few hands of poker diffuse a bomb before it explodes? Are all bets off if the bomb blows up the 4077? And, if Navy won and Army lost, ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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McLean Stevenson (Henry Blake) pitched the idea for this episode to the show's producers simply by asking, "How pissed would these guys be if they were attacked in the middle of a football game?" See more »

Goofs

The final Score of the Game was listed as Army:36 Navy:42, From 1950 to 1953 that was never the score of the Army-Navy Game. 1950-Navy 14, Army 2 ... 1951-Navy 42, Army 7 ... 1952-Navy 7, Army 0 ... 1953-Army 20, Navy 7. See more »

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Radio Announcer: And kickoff is away!
Sound effects: Sound effect: Bomb explodes outside
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Boy, that kid can really kick a football!
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References Knute Rockne All American (1940) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Music traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by Loretta Swit
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A Pretty Crazy Set of Events
23 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The broadcast of the annual Army-Navy game is the backdrop for this episode. As everyone listens, the MASH comes under attack but unfortunately an unexploded bomb rests, nose down, in the compound. If you can get past the fact that everyone could have been safe from this bomb by removing themselves, things become pretty hilarious, with t people believing this may be their last day on earth. Anyway, Frank is chosen to check the bomb out but passes out before he can do so. It then is up to Trapper and Hawkeye and the "careful" instructions of Henry Blake. It's a tense episode with a pretty remarkable ending. It makes a point of showing the absolute disregard for the people in the trenches as the guys try to get help.


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