M*A*S*H: Season 11, Episode 4

The Joker Is Wild (15 Nov. 1982)

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It's another M*A*S*H prankathon. This time, Hawkeye appears to be the marked man after menial practical jokes happen to everyone in camp, but him. Will they get him too? Or is Hawkeye already the victim of an even larger practical joke?

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It's time for another annual M*A*S*H prankathon. B.J. starts by nailing Hawkeye's shoes to the floor so when trying to put them on, Pierce takes a header. He felt that to be a stupid, childish prank. At dinner, B.J. swears he will pull the ultimate prank on everybody. Hawkeye wasn't afraid, until menial practical jokes happen to everybody around him: Father Mulcahy's food had been spiked, Klinger's file explodes, Charles finds a snake in his bed, the back of Margaret's robe had been cut out, and something other than toothpaste was occupying Colonel Potter's toothpaste tube. Hawkeye fears he has become a marked man for a prank even bigger than those what befell his friends. When and where will it happen? Or...Has it already happened? Written by <Explorerds6789>

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With the exception of a rerun of "Goodbye Farewell and Amen" the following season, this segment's rerun was the last segment to air on CBS. See more »

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When Hawkeye is in the mess tent asking about the carrots and peas or beans, he jerks Igor's hand, spilling a significant amount of peas into the beans. A moment later (after a scene cut) the peas are gone. See more »

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Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: What's the slop de jour?
Cpl. Igor Straminsky: This here's carrots and peas.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Oh, succo-trash.
Cpl. Igor Straminsky: Actually, sir, they're pretty good today. I highly recommend them.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: What about this stuff?
Cpl. Igor Straminsky: The beans, I wouldn't give them to my neighbor's dog. In fact, they're so old, they're has-beans.
[laughs like crazy]
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References The Joker's Wild (1972) See more »

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Happy Days Are Here Again
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Written by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager
Sung through opening scene, partially in Korean
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The Joke's the Thing!
3 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a fine episode. There is talk one morning that Trapper John was the best of the best when it came to practical jokes. B. J. tells the gang that a great joke would be to get each of them in a 24 hour period. Soon things begin to happen. Charles has a snake in his bed, Potter's toothpaste becomes shaving cream, Mulcahy chokes on his pepper filled food, and Margaret has a piece of her robe cut out in the back. Pierce has said that under no circumstances will he get pranked. He goes into a defensive stance, peeking around corners, refusing to eat or drink, hiding, tearing the Swamp apart. He even builds a bed, surrounded by barbed wire, out in the compound. The conclusion is second only to the April Fools episode in its like mindedness. Excellent.


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