M*A*S*H: Season 7, Episode 5

The Billfold Syndrome (16 Oct. 1978)

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Major Winchester decides to quit talking to everyone at the camp, which Hawkeye and B.J. take as a challenge. Meanwhile, a medic gets amnesia.


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Kevin Geer ...
Sergeant Jerry Nielson


Major Winchester decides to quit talking to everyone at the camp, which Hawkeye and B.J. take as a challenge. Meanwhile, a medic gets amnesia.

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Comedy | Drama | War





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16 October 1978 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Charles ties a rope from a jeep to the center tent pole and uses the jeep to pull the pole down, causing the roof of the tent to fall. As Charles drives away, you can see the other end of the rope is not tied to anything. See more »


Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III: [Drunk out of his mind and listening to Hawkeye and BJ make fun of him losing his position at Massachusetts General] Is that what you think... Beej? Is that what all you cretins think?
Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce: Did you hear something that sounded like Charles?
Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt: The mummy speaks!
Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III: Indeed, and I'm going to rise from this hideous tomb and leave all you relics behind.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce: Going somewhere Charles?
Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III: You bet your beer soaked brain I am.
[Holds up piece of paper]
Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III: Read this and weep. This is from the Massachusetts General Hospital, see
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The Old Gray Mare
Played on the piano by William Christopher
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My favorite episode of the series
19 June 2012 | by (White Plains, NY) – See all my reviews

This episode touched me and really made me feel and just was a great example of when someone truly acts well it doesn't seem like they're acting at all. A medic who observes the camp one day arrives the following to see Hawkeye and BJ question his work on the bandaging when the medic asks them if he can help them and asks if he is who his dog-tag says he is. Realizing he's not kidding they send for Dr. Freedman. The episode features two other funny subplots, but for me the main plot is what gets me and made this my favorite episode of the series. Together with Dr. Freedman, hypnosis, and BJ and Hawkeye they recreate the last night the medic was in the field. They come to find out the medic has found his brother dead on the field and is understandably distraught and very emotional. When Sidney wakes the medic from his trance he remembers who he is and again bursts into tears and goes into the waiting arms of Dr. Freedman who assures him they'll talk about it, it will be okay, and they're there for him. Hawkeye rubs his shoulder and it looks so real it just gets me every time.

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