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.



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Episode cast overview:
Tom Dever ...
M.P. Lieutenant
Robert Karnes ...
Ted Zeigler ...
Sergeant Dale
Reid Cruickshanks ...
Staff Sergeant
Nat Jones ...


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 LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

12 September 1975 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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19 September 1952. This is the first time a specific date is given as to when exactly these events at MASH 4077 are supposed to have occurred. See more »


When Colonel Potter arrives at the 4077th, he is seen driving the same "General's Jeep" that Radar and Hawkeye stole while in Kimpo, noted by the large white star in the center of the hood, the serial number on the driver and passenger side of the hood 'US ARMY/2A401,' and the dirt patterns on the front bumper and fronts of the wheel wells added after the flat tire scene. See more »


Radar: I'll drive, I'll drive!
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: I'm driving!
Radar: But sir, you can't!
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Why not? Says who?
Radar: You're not sober, sir.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Oh, i'd really resent that if I wasn't drunk!
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Crazy Credits

When Hawkeye and Radar O'Reilly finally arrive at 4077th with Capt. BJ Hunnicut, Radar reads the closing credits over the PA system. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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The Big Transition: Part 1
9 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hawkeye comes back from a week of debauchery in Tokyo to find that Trapper has gotten his orders and has already left. Knowing that he has only had a two hour head start, Radar (with fear and major reluctance) and Hawkeye grab a jeep and head for Kimpo where he will depart. Frank and Margaret are now running the camp as they have in the past, like a true combat-ready facility. Of course, they are getting absolutely no respect. While in Kimpo, Radar is supposed to pick up B. J. Hunnicutt, Trapper's replacement. Unfortunately, they miss Trapper. Burns and Houlihan are drooling that a young new surgeon is coming and they can put their stamp on him. When Pierce and O'Reilly get there, someone steals their jeep. They meet Hunnicutt and begin to try to figure out what to do next. There is a marvelous scene in an officer's club. Things are set up nicely for the next episode.

Part 2

The guys grab a General's jeep and head back to the camp. Along the way, they run across a minefield where young women are sent to check for mines so it will be OK for the livestock to graze. When there is an explosion, Radar runs in, grabs the girl, and they take her to a hospital. After a flat tire, they encounter mortar fire and need to give service to some GI's who are moving down a road. It is a horrible scene. Hunnicutt is getting his baptism of fire. Meanwhile, Frank is setting things up for his arrival. Sadly, for Frank, they decide to stop at Rosie's Bar, and they get hammered and witness even more craziness. There is one last scene with the arrival of the new camp commander, Colonel Sherman T. Potter.

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