A cold snap has everybody trying to get their hands on Hawkeye's thermal underwear.



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Episode cast overview:
Kathleen King ...
Nurse Beddoes
Joseph V. Perry ...
The Cook (as Joseph Perry)


In the midst of a blizzard, Henry and Radar write to Quartermaster Corps, thanking them for the mosquito netting and summer underwear and asking for winter clothing; they try to get warm by burning orders rescinding orders that were never sent. The only one in camp not freezing to death is Hawkeye, who is wearing beautiful, double-weave semi-woollen long johns, soft as a baby's bottom. But Hawkeye's heart is as soft as the long johns...or the baby's bottom because when Trapper gets a cough, Trapper gets to enjoy them. Then Radar has 4 10's and wins them from Trapper, a cook trades a lamb and mint jelly to Radar for them, Frank weasels them away from the cook, Hotlips shames them from Frank, Klinger lifts them from Hotlips' tent, Father Mulcahy gets them from a repentant Klinger and Henry gets them from the good Father. Now, if only Hawkeye and Trapper can keep Henry's appendix from bursting, Hawkeye might get his long johns back. Written by LA-Lawyer

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18 February 1973 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title refers to the drop seat in a pair of long johns. See more »


When Frank visits Hot Lips in her tent, a Life magazine is visible on her cot. The issue shown is from August 25, 1967. See more »


Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: If he lets everyone feel them, all that'll be left is a package of lint.
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References Duck Soup (1933) See more »


In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
Music by Hoagy Carmichael
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Alan Alda
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Among the funniest MASH episodes
29 November 2015 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

In the biting cold of Korea, Pierce receives Long Johns from home. Due to a lack of warm clothing in the unit, this soon becomes a much treasured and coveted item. He loses it to kindness, radar wins it in poker, it then moves on to the camp chef in exchange for a lamb chop and so on, resulting in hilarious twists and turns on its route, pun intended.

This is one of the first episodes that showcases what would become recurring themes in MASH - of the biting cold in Korea, the ineptitude of Army supplies (they send the MASH 4077 a full stock of summer shorts in winter, which Henry sends his "heartfelt appreciation for, but..." and the evergreen character of Klinger (Jamie Farr).

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