M*A*S*H: Season 4, Episode 20

The Novocaine Mutiny (27 Jan. 1976)

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



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Episode cast overview:
Major Margaret Houlihan (credit only)
Ned Wilson ...
Colonel Carmichael
Johnny Haymer ...


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

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Comedy | Drama | War





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27 January 1976 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Frank Burns' blood type is "B". See more »


When Radar describes going through Klinger's tent, the colonel asks if "this Corporal Klinger" is a nurse. However, army nurses automatically received officers' ranks when they joined up, therefore a corporal would not be a nurse. One would think the colonel would have been aware of this. See more »


Colonel Carmichael: [after Radar explains helping Frank search Klinger's tent] This Cpl. Klinger, she's a nurse?
Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: [laughs briefly] Oh, no, sir.
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: If I may, Colonel, Cpl Klinger is a corpsman. He's a good soldier. He'd prefer to be a good civilian. To that end he dresses, erm...
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: In dresses.
Colonel Carmichael: Bucking for a section 8?
Col. Sherman T. Potter: The man does his job, I'll give him that. I'm not saying I'd want an entire company of Klingers.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Unless Christian Dior attacks Pearl Harbor.
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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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