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"M*A*S*H" Mail Call, Again (1975)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
9 December 1975 (Season 4, Episode 14)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Solid 8 Rating!! See more (2 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
George Tyne 
Writing credits
James Fritzell (written by) (as Jim Fritzell) &
Everett Greenbaum (written by)

Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

Richard Hooker  based on a novel by (uncredited)

Produced by
Larry Gelbart .... producer
Burt Metcalfe .... associate producer
Gene Reynolds .... producer
Cinematography by
William K. Jurgensen (director of photography) (as William Jurgensen)
Film Editing by
Fred W. Berger 
Stanford Tischler 
Art Direction by
Rodger Maus 
Set Decoration by
Norman Rockett 
Production Management
Ted Butcher .... unit production manager
Mark Evans .... executive production manager
Joseph Silver .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leonard S. Smith Jr. .... assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Al LaVerde .... best boy grip
Richard Thorpe .... assistant camera
Music Department
Johnny Mandel .... composer: theme music
Lionel Newman .... music supervisor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar soloist (uncredited)
Other crew
Walter D. Dishell .... medical advisor (as Walter D. Dishell M.D.)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Larry Gelbart  developed for television by

Cinematography by
Vilis Lapenieks 
Art Department
Michael Casey .... assistant property master
Kurt V. Hulett .... property man (season 8)
Sound Department
William Hartman .... sound editor
Don Isaacs .... sound editor (as Don V. Isaacs)
Edward Rossi .... supervising sound editor (as Ed Rossi)
Richard Sperber .... sound editor
Jean Coulter .... stunts
Tom Elliott .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Pat Romano .... stunts
Rick Sawaya .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Curtis Foster .... rigging gaffer (1979-1980)
Dave Friedman .... still photographer
Michael Hofstein .... additional camera operator
Michael Hofstein .... aerial director of photography
Jim Sellars .... first assistant camera
Other crew
Rita Hudis .... technical advisor: medical
Lee Sollenberger .... animal handler
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

25 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

B.J./Erin's dog is named Waggles Hunnicutt. Radar's dog is named Ranger.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 Benjamin Franklin Pierce:I lost the baby pool.
Father Francis Mulcahy:Well, bless my soul! I won!
Captain B.J. Hunnicut:A little inside information, Father?
Father Francis Mulcahy:Not at all. I just know a little more about conceptions.
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Solid 8 Rating!!, 12 July 2006
Author: ellisel from United States

The opening clip of "Mail Call, Again" had Colonel Potter preparing himself to shave in his tent. Corporal O'Reilly entered the tent and delivered the mail. He handed him a letter; and he found out that Jeanee Potter would have a baby in their family. Colonel Potter was all excited about the pleasant news. Both of them would plan a pool to determine -- for one dollar -- the weight, date, birth, and sex of the baby. Major Houlihan would reluctantly agree to participate in the pool -- despite her disapproval to gambling -- after it was known Colonel Potter was formatting this event.

Corporal O'Reilly would enter "The Swamp" to deliver the mail. Corporal O'Reilly had a letter opened by accident. He told Captains Pierce and Hunnicutt about Major Burns's divorce from his wife -- Louise -- discreetly. Major Burns would -- as predicted -- scold Corporal O'Reilly for being nosy about the letter he looked inside "The Swamp." He read his letter about his situation in Fort Wayne, Indiana -- obviously in frustration ... with the result in ripping his pillow into shreds.

Colonel Potter had Corporal O'Reilly place the call to Ohio in preparation to find out about the baby. In contrast, Major Burns acted snotty at Corporal O'Reilly for not placing the call to Indiana. Colonel Potter told him to stop shooting off his mouth at camp ... or he would face problems for his misconduct. Only then did Colonel Potter realized that Major Burns's wife wanted a divorce. Towards the end, he asked Colonel Potter if he could his own phone to contact his wife in Indiana. He reluctantly agreed to the situation. After the call, Major Houlihan found out that she did not appreciate the comments he made to her about being a "War Horse" or an "Army Mule." He would be whacked without warning if he did not remove his hand off her arm.

The finishing touch to the episode would be a movie of Corporal O'Reilly's Family in Colonel Potter's Office. Captains Pierce and Hunnicutt saw the glimpses of milk and chocolate cake in the film. The film also had his mother, his relatives, his dog, and his clergy master recognizing him in the movie. His mother said -- in silent tone -- goodbye to his son. In the end, Father Mulcahy won the betting pool. The baby was actually a girl in the Potter Family. The end grade: A High "C+" !! A quality episode recommended for viewing from the 1975-1976 Television Season. An 8.6!!

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