M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Smell of Music 

Hawkeye and B.J. refuse to shower until Charles stops playing his French horn, and Colonel Potter deals with a patient who wants to kill himself because he is now disfigured.



(as Jim Fritzell), | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview:
Jordan Clarke ...
Nancy Steen ...
Lois Foraker ...
Lt. Denver, RN
Sang Nu


The 8th Army commends the 4077 for the 72-hour ordeal they withstood. Even the good Father is exhausted. All Hawkeye and BJ want is a shower and sleep. But, the Boston bassoon wants to blow his French horn, loudly. Colonel Potter tries to deal with a suicidal GI, Pvt. Saunders, who lost part of his face and requires plastic surgery. Hawkeye and BJ refuse to use soap and water until the blowhard stops polluting the air. The whole camp is tired of the battle of "the air" so Margaret kicks it into high gear. She commands 3 waves of forces designed to eliminate all of the problem. After stopping the final suicide attempt, Colonel Potter sentences Major Houlihan and her army to the Officers' Club...and drinks on The Swamp Rats. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

3 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The tune Charles plays at the beginning of the episode is an out of tune version of "Suicide is Painless," the M*A*S*H theme song. See more »


As the back tires of the jeep pass over Charles's French horn it can be seen that the horn is not as flat as the French horn that Margaret picks up; after the deed is done. See more »


Major Margaret Houlihan: I'm going to the garbage dump for a breath of fresh air.
Hawkeye: Oh, you'll love it. The bluebottle flies are gorgeous this time of year.
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References The Sound of Music (1965) See more »

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A Couple of Stinkers and All That Jazz
1 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After lots of surgery, Winchester decides to play his French horn, much to the dismay of his bunkmates. In protest, they decide to go on a cleanliness strike, not showering for days. This leads to all types of complications in the camp. They manage to alienate just about everyone in the camp. They can't even eat in peace. Meanwhile, a man who has had an accident when his gun discharged, is left with a crushed cheekbone. He can't face coming home disfigured and makes an attempt on his life. Potter finally resorts to some pretty harsh love. Eventually, the shenanigans of the surgeons cause enough distraction to be dangerous. This has one of the best conclusions of any episode.

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