Margaret calls Col. Potter, giggling, from the "Zen Bar and Grill" in Tokyo. General Trevanian "Throwrug" Tumwater is hosting a mysterious celebration. Margaret tells Col. Potter she has big news for everyone and all of the medical follow-ups she was assigned to perform are complete. Upon her return to 4077, her big surprise is very personal: she is engaged to be married to a Lt. Colonel Donald Penobscot. She rubs Frank's face in her fiance's attributes with no mercy until even Hawkeye and BJ feel compassion for him. After a wee rampage, Frank gets to talk to someone important, thanks to the foresight of Radar. As Frank tries being human for once in his life, the guys are wary, but they are his wingmen. Finally, one of Frank's cracks to Margaret may have started a new war. Or, in BJ's words: "I think the convoy just took a direct hit." It is a rare moment at the 4077 where the 3 doctors share a laugh and are all on the same side, however briefly. Written by
Since when have you ever given two hoots about Frank Burns?
It's only one hoot. I just started.
You've given him a few swift kicks yourself.
Yeah, but never when he was down. Only when he wasn't looking.
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As I have often said in these comment, Frank is such a jerk (and socially clueless) that I have wondered why Margaret's character would continue to find him attractive. But she does and he bumbles around, enjoying a friend with benefits. This episode begins with a call from Houlihan telling Colonel Potter that she has great news that she will deliver when she gets back from a conference. It turns out she has met a Lieutenant Colonel, Donald Penobscot, and they are engaged. She is so electrified that she forgets the impact this will have on a certain incompetent doctor. There is a terrific scene where after hearing the news, Frank kindly congratulates her and wishes her well. Then he walks out of the mess tent, ripping the doors off their hinges. Margaret is so cruel to him and rubs his nose in her happiness that Frank actually becomes sympathetic. Hawkeye and B.J. are actually kind to him and support him. This, of course, is a new crossroads in the whole MASH melieu.
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