M*A*S*H: Season 9, Episode 16

The Red/White Blues (9 Mar. 1981)

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Col. Potter's blood pressure is too high and he has two weeks to get it back down, causing everyone to mollycoddle him, much to his dismay. Meanwhile, the malaria medicine they are sent makes Klinger sick.


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Col. Potter's blood pressure is too high and he has two weeks to get it back down, causing everyone to mollycoddle him, much to his dismay. Meanwhile, the malaria medicine they are sent makes Klinger sick.

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Side effects of primaquine administration include nausea, vomiting, and stomach cramps. Other known adverse effects that occasionally occur are headache, visual disturbances and intense itching. Primaquine has also been shown to cause Hemolytic anemia in people of African or Mediterranean descent; this was a plot point in this episode, in which Lebanese-American Max Klinger and Jewish-American Orderly Goldman developed anemia while taking primaquine, confusing the doctors who thought it was only a possibility if he were of African descent. See more »


During Colonel Potter's physical, Hawkeye removes a blood pressure cuff that has Velcro. The first patent for Velcro wasn't granted until 1955 in Switzerland. It wasn't even mentioned in the media until 1958. It's first noted use was by NASA; and it didn't come into broad use until the 70's when the original patent expired. See more »


Col. Potter: I think I can open a box of pills without stressing myself.
[opens the box]
Col. Potter: [angrily] What in Hanna's hell have you done now?
Klinger: What are you talking about?
Col. Potter: You ordered the wrong damn medicine again, that's what!
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Over the closing scene: By the late 1950's, research on primaquine concluded that the enzyme deficiency which caused susceptibility to anemia was present not only in blacks, but in Caucasians of Mediterranean descent. See more »


References They Died with Their Boots On (1941) See more »

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Colonel Potter has his annual physical, possibly the last one he will have. It turns out his blood pressure is too high and if command gets wind of this he may be transferred. He has two weeks to do something about it. Soon the whole camp gets wind of his problem and begins to treat him with kid gloves. Meanwhile, it is malaria season and the wrong medication is sent to the MASH. It's only a stopgap measure. Klinger, through his incompetency, has allowed his daily reports to get two months behind. Soon his office is wall to wall papers. Unfortunately, he begins to feel bad. Everyone thinks he is goldbricking. Because of his tenuous history, no one believes him when he talks about how he feels. Of course, Potter, who hates attention, is ready to pop a cork because everyone is so nice to him they are smothering him. It's a pretty good ride with pressure building almost everywhere in the camp.

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