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.
A week after Henry Blake's sudden death en route home, Major Frank Burns has now assumed control of the 4077th, attempting to bend the surgeons and staff to his will. But he can't even get Klinger out of his dresses. Hawkeye Pierce returns relaxed, and hung over, from R&R in Tokyo. He hits the showers when Radar enters and tells him of Trapper McIntyre receiving his walking papers and was currently en route to the airport in Kimpo. Hawkeye quickly sobers up and springs into action. Even though Major Burns denied him leave, Hawkeye goes anyway. He steals a Jeep and, with Radar in tow, races to Kimpo just in time to learn Trapper had left 10 minutes prior to their arrival. That's when they meet Trapper's replacement: a clean-cut, All American, family man, Captain B.J. Hunnicut. En route back to the 4077th, Hawkeye, Radar and B.J. stop to help a Korean family stranded in the mine field, as well as change a tire. They finally make it back, after stopping for a few drinks, and B.J. greets ... Written by
At the end of this segment the P.A. announcement reports Col. Sherman Potter will arrive and take command of the 4077th on 19 Sept (1952). The next segment "Change of Command", which introduces Potter, originally aired 19 Sept (1975). See more »
At the start of the episode when the United Nations flag is being raised, it is upside down. See more »
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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