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
Per the title, "The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial" opened at the Plymouth Theater on January 20, 1954 and ran for 415 performances starring Henry Fonda and Lloyd Nolan. 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 »
Maj. Frank Burns:
[Radar has just admitted that the missing money was hidden inside his teddy bear]
I knew I should have ripped the stuffing out of the little bugger when I had the chance.
Wouldn't you have felt a little foolish if that money wasn't inside the bear?
Maj. Frank Burns:
I wasn't talking about the bear.
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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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