M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Novocaine Mutiny 

Hawkeye is court martialed for mutiny under Frank Burns' command.



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Episode cast overview:
Ned Wilson ...
Colonel Carmichael


On 11 October 1952, at the 4077 M*A*S*H did Captain B.F. Pierce commit mutiny and attempt to usurp lawful military authority, willfully attack commanding officer, Major Frank Burns, and illegally take command? At a pre-trial hearing preliminary to a Court Martial under Article 94 of the UCMJ, the tribunal must decide what happened when Colonel Potter briefly left the 4077 in the dubious command of Maj. Burns. Frank's mills grind slowly but exceedingly dumb, according to BJ. Can the same be said for those of the tribunal? Or will he know a top-flight surgeon from a pastry chef? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

27 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of the rare instances when the laugh track is used during an OR scene. In this case it's because it's a false, exaggerated parody of an OR session as recounted by Frank, not an actual surgery session. See more »


When Frank is searching through Radar's drawer looking for the "stolen" money, he pulls out a Spider-Man and an Avengers comic. The issues are Amazing Spider-Man #81 (February 1970) and Avengers #72 (January 1970). Spider-Man wasn't created until 1962 and the Avengers one year later in 1963 - the Korean war ended in 1953. See more »


Maj. Frank Burns: Unless we each conform, unless we obey orders, unless we follow our leaders blindly, there is no possible way we can remain free.
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References The Caine Mutiny (1954) See more »

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Court Martial Time for Frank
14 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Frank (and Margaret) seem to have a lot of power when it comes to bringing charges against their adversaries. The episode starts out with Pierce charged with mutiny. It's the old Potter's away and the cat will play thing, with Frank going crazy while in command for six days. The first part of the episode involves a poker game where 300 dollars was lost by Sgt. Zale. Because Frank had declared gambling illegal, Zale can't admit to losing it that way and he implicates his fellow poker players. Frank institutes a full search of the camp and finds nothing. Finally, two sides of an incident in the O.R. are brought up in testimony. Frank's rendition makes him look like both a doctor and a saint as he tries to do two patients at the same time, act as a chaplain, and as an anesthesiologist. He is then sedated so he won't require more and more out of the other doctors (who are totally incompetent). We eventually get Hawkeye's view of the events. One fair statement is that we get to see what a great actor Larry Linville was. We hate Frank but only because Linville did such a magnificent job.

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