Hawkeye returns from R&R to find out Trapper has been discharged. He rushes to the airport to say goodbye but misses him. But it gives him an opportunity to welcome Trapper's replacement, B.J., to Korea.
In a contrived plot where Hawkeye takes a separate R&R in Tokyo from fellow Swamp Rat, Trapper, Hawkeye returns back to the 4077 in a rickshaw. Frank and Hotlips are letting power go to their beady little heads, not realizing the Army never entrusts the command of 100+ Army souls to an officer with less than the rank of Lt. Colonel. Our Trapper is already gone (with the same ill wind that took Henry Blake) and America never gets to say a real farewell to Trapper John Francis Xavier McIntyre. The young replacement, whose file inspires hope in the small heart of Hotlips, is Captain B.J. Hunnicutt. Two months ago, he was doing his residency in Sausalito with his wife, Peggy, eight months pregnant in their Mill Valley home; a five week crash course at Fort Sam Houston was his prelude to the wilds of Hawkeye, Radar and Korea. Frank and Margaret wish they got their paws on BJ first but he was obviously always 100% Swamp Rat. Written by
The opening part of the episode had a quote from General Dwight D. Eisenhower saying "I will go to Korea." Another quote "A terrible place." from General Raymond W. Bliss described the atrocities of the Korean War. From there, Major Frank Burns became commanding officer to run the 4077th. Captain Pierce arrived at camp about fifteen minutes late for roll call. Naturally, Frank Burns became an authoritative commander in running the outfit; moreover, he maintained a strict adherence to the soldiers and nurses that stepped out of line in his command. Major Houlihan would obviously lay down the law in the camp -- as well.
Corporal O' Reilly told about Captain McIntyre's discharge from the Army. He then told Majors Burns and Houlihan about picking up the new replacement surgeon at Kimpo -- named Captain B.J. Hunnicutt. Captain Pierce -- against Major Burns's orders -- went along with Corporal O'Reilly to pick up the new replacement surgeon. Upon arriving at Kimpo, the introduction of B.J. Hunnicutt to the M*A*S*H 4077th outfit became prevalent to both Captain Pierce and Corporal O'Reilly on a permanent basis. After leaving Kimpo, they encountered the horrors of people being injured -- or killed -- in the surrounding areas of Korea.
Upon the conclusion of the episode, Colonel Sherman T. Potter became the permanent commander of the M*A*S*H 4077th. This inclusion was the brilliant start of the first episode of the 1975-1976 Television Season. Even Major Burns would be gracious -- albeit reluctantly -- to accept the role of being Second In Command in the outfit. The End Result: A Fat 10!! Perhaps A 10.5!!
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