M*A*S*H: Season 1, Episode 19

The Longjohn Flap (18 Feb. 1973)

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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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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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23 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hawkeye is warm in the middle of an incredible cold snap. He makes the mistake of bragging about the long underwear his father sent him. Trapper talks him into letting him have the underwear, feigning pneumonia. It isn't long before he loses them in a poker game to Radar. Soon, through a series of events, the underwear begins to go from owner to owner. Of course, the strength of the episode has to do with the lust and extortion that goes into the process of attaining the desired object. As Henry lays hands on the peripatetic drawers, he doubles over from a serious appendix attack. This leads to a hilarious conclusion. This is a common plot for MASH and a logical one since these people live in such close proximity.

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