M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Where There's a Will, There's a War 

Fearing for his life at an aid station, Hawkeye writes his will with special bequests for his friends.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Howard ...
Capt. Rackley
Jim Borrelli ...
The G.I.
Brian Fuld ...


Fearing for his life at an aid station, Hawkeye writes his will with special bequests for his friends.

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

22 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


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1.33 : 1
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The title comes from the expression "where there's a will, there's a way." See more »


B.J. realizes Hawkeye is still alive when he comes across a patient with vertical mattress stitches using white cotton sutures. This is a little baffling as a positive id. Vertical mattress stitching is the most common type of all stitches and white cotton was generally used when nothing else was available: pretty likely at a shelled Battalion Aid station. See more »


Col. Sherman T. Potter: [BJ shouts for joy] Watch the racket, Hunnicutt. This hospital is in a hospital zone
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: Hawkeye Pierce is alive and well and living at battalion aid.
Col. Sherman T. Potter: How do you know that?
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: His fingerprints are all over this guy.
Cpl.: What are you talking about?
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: Who else but Hawkeye sews vertical mattress stitches with white cotton sutures?
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You Make Me Feel So Young
Music by Josef Myrow
Plays in the Officers' Club during one of Hawkeye's flashbacks
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A Very Human Episode
28 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While B.J. is off getting a haircut and manicure, Hawkeye is forced to go to Battallion Aid because they have lost their doctor. It is supposed to be B.J.'s turn to go to the front and he is riddled with guilt. Hawkeye meets a doctor who works under horrific conditions, getting patients stable enough to send them off to the MASH. As he works there is mortar fire. It seem that the man he is replacing was killed. Hawkeye begins to pen a will. He leaves most everything to his father and then begins to think of appropriate things to give to his friends. They are items generally of no value, but right for the recipient. Back at the MASH no one knows if he is alive. This episode delves into the humanity of these people. It's hard to fathom how awful it would be to face death at every turn.

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