M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 20

The Army-Navy Game (25 Feb. 1973)

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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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Episode cast overview:
John A. Zee ...
Commander Sturner
John Orchard ...
Sheila Lauritsen ...
Bobbie Mitchell ...
Nurse Mason
Alan Manson ...
Colonel Hersh


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, Frank, the fainting goat is in brief 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, how ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





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25 February 1973 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Henry Blake told a story of an Illinois-Ohio State football game that ended in a 21-20 Illinois loss. None of the players he named almost surely never existed. Further, as of the 2014 season, no IL-OSU game has ever ended 21-20. The closest has been a 20-20 draw in 1963 in Columbus. See more »


When Cpl. Klinger walks into Father Mulcahy's tent wearing a suit, the Father doesn't recognize him. Klinger asks, "First time you ever seen me without a dress, right?" to which the Father responds, "Exactly!" However, back in episode 12, "Dear Dad," Mulcahy convinces Klinger, who was wearing regulation fatigues and a non-regulation bandana from his mother, not to blow up Maj. Burns with a hand grenade. See more »


Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Are those the right instructions, Henry?
Lt. Col. Henry Blake: I hope so.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: I hope so, too. Otherwise I'm coming back in the next life as a squirrel and run right up your pants leg.
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References Knute Rockne All American (1940) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
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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