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5 O'Clock Charlie 

Every day for the past six weeks, at 5:00 o'clock p.m. on the nose, a North Korean "washout from Kamikaze school" has let loose a bomb in the general direction of the hospital's sub-ammo ... See full summary »

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Airs Mon. Jul. 02, 6:30 PM on TVLAND

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... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
... Maj. Frank Burns
... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
... Gen. Crandell Clayton
... Captain Phil Cardozo
... Father Francis Mulcahy
... Lt. Ginger Bayliss, RN
Lloyd Kino ... Soldier
Sarah Fankboner ... Nurse Klein
Gail Bowman ... Nurse Powell
Deb Newman ... Nurse Richards
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Every day for the past six weeks, at 5:00 o'clock p.m. on the nose, a North Korean "washout from Kamikaze school" has let loose a bomb in the general direction of the hospital's sub-ammo dump. Very affectionately known as "Five O'Clock Charlie," the only thing he hits on the nose is the time. Every day, Radar opens book on the day's exploits and takes bets on how close (in yards) Charlie will come to the sub-ammo dump. It is an occasion for cocktails and frivolity at 4077, not unlike the Kentucky Derby... until Frank demands Henry get him a "nug" from Brigadier Gen. Clayton. Capt. Phil Cardozo, the singing dentist, gives the drunken duo a new slant on things. If there is anything that will beat Frank and his nug, it is 4 dozen sheets, 18 gallons of mercurochrome and a little thing called psychology. Written by LA-Lawyer

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22 September 1973 (USA)  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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Trivia

Guest star Corey Fischer appeared in the film MASH (1970) as Capt. Bandini. See more »

Goofs

Frank talks about the movie "The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell", but that movie came out in 1955, two years after the Korean war ended. See more »

Quotes

Frank Burns: [indicating first Korean soldier] You will be platoon leader.
Korean Soldier: I thought you were the platoon leader.
Frank Burns: I am, but for purposes of our table of organization, I will be commander.
[to first Korean soldier]
Frank Burns: You will be platoon leader.
[to second Korean soldier]
Frank Burns: You will be squad leader.
[to third Korean soldier]
Frank Burns: And you will be... the squad.
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Connections

References The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

The Army Air Corps Song
(uncredited)
Music by Robert Crawford
Played when 5 O'Clock Charlie makes his initial appearance
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Frank and the Artillery
24 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

For some reason there is a huge ammunition dump adjacent to the camp. This brings a daily assault from a North Korean pilot in a small plane who drops a bomb each day at five o'clock (hence, Five O'Clock Charlie). The folks in camp bet on how far from the target the bomb will explode. Everyone is having fun but Frank, who considers himself a military man (sort of like Barney Fife and his bullet) decides the camp needs an anti-aircraft gun. When General Clayton's jeep is blown up he grants Frank's request. The doctors are outraged because a gun will draw fire from more serious North Koreans. The new dentist in camp tells Hawkeye and Trapper that what they need to do is get rid of the ammo dump and you get rid of the need for a gun. Despite the absurdity and cavalier attitude of everyone, it's a good episode.


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