A little white lie about an imaginary officer balloons into an elaborate charade.




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Episode cast overview:
Mary-Robin Redd ...
Sister Theresa (as Mary Robin Redd)
Sergeant 'Sparky' Pryor
Finance Officer
Captain Tuttle ...


Throughout his childhood, Hawkeye had an imaginary friend, Tuttle, who knocked over garbage, broke windows and wet the bed. When Hawkeye resurrects "Captain Tuttle" to requisition food and supplies for Sister Theresa and the orphanage, he stirs up a mare's nest. Henry orders his newest officer to take on O.D. duty, Frank is miffed that Tuttle has not reported to him as 2d in command and Hotlips is just, plain hot...as soon as she reads the "official" record (as written by Hawkeye, Trapper and Radar). The 6'4," 195 lb. auburn-haired, hazel eyed Captain Jonathan "Johnny" Tuttle, M.D. makes great reading. Hotlips calls General Clayton to check on Tuttle and Hawkeye impersonates Gen. Clayton. When the guys arrange for Capt. Tuttle to receive 14 months of back pay, this turns into a special citation and award ceremony for the industrious hero. Will someone appear to accept all of these military honors or will Hawkeye finally be busted? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Release Date:

14 January 1973 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Captain Pierce saluted only four times. This is the first time that he saluted to Captain Tuttle (or to himself). See more »


Radar reads the comic book Captain Savage #10, which was issued January 1968, well after the Korean War armistice. See more »


Voice over PA: Attention, Captain Jonathan Tuttle will report to Colonel Henry Blake. On the double! Captain Jonathan Tuttle, at once.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: [coming out of surgery, hearing the announcement, turning to Trapper] Shall we go back inside and build one?
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Crazy Credits

The fictive character "Captain Tuttle" whom we never see is, listed in the credits as "Himself". See more »

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The first truly great episode
22 April 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first season of MASH struggles to find the right tone, and writers don't have the character history to rely on in making seriously emotional episodes. There are some very effective ones in the first season, even episodes before this one. But this is the episode where everything works perfectly for the first time. Aside from the very careful wordplay, there's an absurdist undercurrent. A fairly simple premise is built on, and spirals into a bigger production. It's wonderfully satisfying.

My favorite thing is a single, strange joke that Radar has, regarding his imaginary friend. One of the strangest things that the show ever did.

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