The 4077th deals with more than the usual mayhem when a sniper opens fire on the camp.



(as Richard M. Powell), (developed for television by)


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Episode cast overview:
Dennis Troy ...
Ambulance Driver
Marcia Gelman ...


Trapper has a cold and is doing laundry; Hawkeye prepares for a picnic with a new nurse, Suzanne Marquette, (Teri Garr) as Frank plays with his pearl-handled pistol. As the picnickers cavort and Hotlips and Frank set up for shooting practice, they draw fire from a sniper. Radar and Henry are trapped in the showers, Frank and Hotlips try to keep order in the hospital. Trapper calls HQ and help is not coming for at least 24 hours. Hawkeye wants to surrender so the hospital can continue to run, but the sniper does not like his idea. Hawkeye and Frank have a rare chat and decide to be heroes. Will the 4077 be saved? What does the sniper want? Is Gen. MacArthur's own HQ as busy as the 4077 M*A*S*H? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

17 November 1973 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The first American prime time television episode to feature male nudity when Radar lost his towel running from the sniper in the shower revealing his bare butt. See more »


At approximately 6:41, a group of seven extras run toward the camera. The woman in the center and the woman on her right both smile briefly. This seems unlikely, as the characters are fleeing from a sniper attack. See more »


Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Apart from the sniper, don't you think things are running fairly smoothly?
Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: Nobody's eaten in 13 hours, sir.
Lt. Col. Henry Blake: Yes. Well, that coincides with how long we've gone without food.
Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly: I have this peculiar metabolism. If I don't eat regularly, everything solid in my body turns to liquid. My shoes are full of water.
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Why Did the Helicopter Leave Without Confirmation of Its Mission?
26 February 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A sniper begins firing on the 4077th, stopping all activity and forcing people to flee for their lives. Henry and Radar are trapped in the shower. Others have created makeshift barriers, but the bullets keep coming through parts of the walls. An effort to silence him, him using a white flag fails. To complicate things, an ambulance comes with six seriously injured patients. Pleas for help from the military postpone action until the next day. Frank has a gun and goes all macho when he is under no threat, but when the bullets fly, he is useless. Eventually, helicopter comes and fires on the sniper, continuous machine gun fire. They take off and a white flag is seen. Where did this come from? It would seem that this guy is so shot up (and he is) that even to use a shirt or get a long stick to use would be just about impossible. Also, why did the helicopter leave when the guy is obviously still alive. I know that the show is anti-war and all human life is sacred, but the sniper's mission is to kill anyone he can. Hawkeye is a bit too much sometime. What if this guy had succeeded in killing his friends or colleagues? The fact that he could go out and bring the guy in (and that he was still alive) stretches the realm of believability.

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