M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The attempted theft of penicillin from the 4077th by a group of suspected black marketeers brings Col. Flagg to investigate.




Airs Fri. Mar. 23, 6:00 PM on TVLAND





Episode cast overview:
Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Maj. Frank Burns
Father Francis Mulcahy
Danil Torppe ...
Michael A. Salcido ...


Three masked men try to steal penicillin from the 4077 supply shed; during gun play, one gets caught in Klinger's boa. The young man's tags read Cpl. Charles P. Perkins, but his voice says little. The 4077 poster boy for Crazy In Army (CIA) Colonel Flagg (Edward Winter) shows up, posing as a rabbi, Capt. Goldberg and wearing ridiculous glasses. Flagg tells Henry: "We don't joke in the CIA." But someone has a sense of the absurd. Radar finds out that Perkins was KIA, but Flagg demands to interrogate the young man, whoever he is. Flagg frees "Perkins," and inflicts several injuries to his own person. Flagg meant for the 4077 to believe he was ambushed and overtaken by "Perkins" but Trapper and Hawkeye are wise to the insanity that is Col. Flagg. The officers learn interesting facts about the dedication of their brothers in medicine, like Medic Johnson of the 415th Army Infantry. They also want to know how Flagg takes his coffee. Will it be one lump or two for the King of Pain? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

11 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only time in which Frank Burns smokes a pipe. See more »


When the three soldiers who are trying to steal the penicillin run through the camp, the sound makes it obvious they are running across a stage and not on dirt. See more »


Col. Flagg: [flipping open his litle book] Pierce and Mclntyre. Uh-huh. Oh, yes.
Henry: Red marks next to their names?
Col. Flagg: Unfriendlies.
Henry: Yellow next to mine?
Col. Flagg: Work on it.
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The Sailor's Hornpipe
Portion whistled by McLean Stevenson
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He Could Have Told Them in the First Place
8 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

A trio of men come in in the cover of darkness and try to steal penicillin from the pharmacy. Two escape but the third is captured and held. Colonel Flagg shows up shortly thereafter, saying he is investigating the problem with stolen penicillin. He does his usual dog and pony show, threatening everyone, abusing himself, and going after the prisoner. When they are finally together, Flagg lets the guy go and then runs his head through a bureau. This is what saves the episode. The logic of the men seeking the penicillin seems strained at best. But watching Flagg and the byplay with Henry and the other guys is priceless. They parceled him out well in these episodes or he would have just been to comedic in the most sadistic way.

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