Colonel Potter finds out that he's about to become a grandfather, and Major Burns learns that his wife knows about his affair with Margaret--and wants a divorce.



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The daily mail brings its usual batch of good news and trauma. Colonel Potter finds out that he is about to become a grandfather and spends the day trying to find out whether or not his daughter-in-law has delivered his grandchild. Radar gets a home movie from his mom in Iowa, which causes Radar to shed a few tears. However, the most emotionally troubling mail is for Frank as his wife reveals that she found out about his affair with Margaret and informs him that she is filing for divorce. Written by Brian Washington <>

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

9 December 1975 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Gary Burghoff played his character's own mother. See more »


When Frank Burns tears up the pillow cover in despair, the tearing sounds (probably added in post-production) do not match his movements. See more »


Captain B.J. Hunnicut: Where's Frank, Margaret? Still trying to call home?
Major Margaret Houlihan: There's a crisis.
Captain B.J. Hunnicut: Hurricane named Louise.
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: I'd love to tap into that conversation.
Captain B.J. Hunnicut: I'd love to be a mouse with earphones.
Major Margaret Houlihan: Oh you'd just love to see me squirm, wouldn't you?
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: Can I slip into something comfy first?
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Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Music by Leo Friedman
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Performed by Alan Alda, Gary Burghoff, William Christopher, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, and Kellye Nakahara
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News from Home, Good and Bad
13 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Radar brings the mail around and a few pieces comprise the ammunition for this episode. First of all, Hawkeye gets his small town newspaper and bores people nearly to death reading the sappy stories. Potter is informed that his daughter is about to give birth which leads to a mad scramble to get news from home. There is also a pool to guess the weight, sex, and specific date of birth. The most interesting, however, involves a letter from Frank's wife, saying she wants a divorce. It seems that word got back to her about his dealings with Major Houlihan. Fireworks fly as Frank tries to play on both sides of the fence. Finally, a film has arrived for Radar. It leads to a nice conclusion. Once again, Margaret keeps trying to please Frank but there may be some interesting stuff ahead.

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