The 4077 receives a patient who is a bumbler at the front but regular gourmet in the mess tent. The surgical staff try and convince Potter to keep him but he flatly refuses. He has enough trouble as it is, his marriage is in danger.
Hawkeye is delighted not to be removing shrapnel or metal from Pvt. Paul Conway (Ed Begley, Jr.) who fell into a foxhole on top of one of his buddies. He is a klutz, always causing accidents on the line. Radar is in Tokyo on R&R and Klinger is scrambling to do Radar's job. The CO is cranky because Klinger cannot locate Mildred anywhere in Missouri. But Klinger did find a chef...who knew Cafe Pierre is French for foxhole? Soon, it is SRO at 4077 Mess and the gang is loving every meal of it at "Chez Klinger". The gang plots to keep Pvt. Conway out of harm's way and within their epicurean reach but Potter orders Pvt. Conway be discharged. Hawkeye visits the CO to check on him; unfortunately, the rest of the gang is trying to reach anyone at the Adjutant General's office who can reassign Conway as an Army cook. Col. Potter interrupts the little pow-wow, blames Hawkeye and ends up blasting his old friend, the AG himself, Gen. Bud Haggerty (John Randolph) before slamming down the phone. ... Written by
Potter is on a rampage through the unit. It seems he got an angry letter from his wife and he fears things have gone sour. The problem is that, try as he might, he can't get hold of her. He refuses to bend the ears of any of his friends. The more interesting plot element is a young soldier who is in the MASH because he fell in a foxhole and strained some ligaments. It turns out that he is a highly thought of chef. When he told the army he was a cook, they put him in the infantry. The food he serves is phenomenal and soon Klinger has started up a restaurant. The guy should be back in his unit, but the guys do everything to keep him in camp so he can cook for them. Margaret turns out to be the hero in this episode. Of course, the whole thing is incredibly far fetched.
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