M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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A Full Rich Day 

Hawkeye records a letter to his Dad, detailing the exploits of a mad Turkish soldier, the loss of a Luxembourg Lieutenant's corpse, and a lieutenant's strong-arm tactics to obtain medical care for a comrade.



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Episode cast overview:
... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan (credit only)
... Maj. Frank Burns
... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
... Lt. Smith
... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
... Colonel Blanche
Michael Keller ... Lt. Henri-Batiste LeClerq
... Lt. Kellye Yamato, RN
... The Turkish Soldier with the Knife


Hawkeye recounts the "well rounded day of insanity," of the previous OR session, on a tape recorder for his father. It starts with a bus full of wounded UN soldiers; Frank is supposed to be in charge of their triage. One soldier, wrapped in a tight "sandwich" stretcher, is a Turk whom even Klinger calls crazy. With a "drugstore" already pumped into the Turk's arm, he is still able to slice through canvas, wounds and all, and wave a huge knife at the triage team. Frank is chicken, so Klinger has to give the Turk more morphine. But, the Turkish Rasputin wakes up again, before his surgery; he yells, sedates Henry and escapes. A Luxembourg lieutenant was supposed to be on the bus, but he cannot be found. U.S. soldier, Lt. Smith, really wants Sgt. Bryan taken out of the jeep and given immediate top priority. Colonel Blanche, Commander of Luxumbourg forces, arrives looking for a Lt. Henri Batiste LeClerq; Radar says LeClerq is dead and his body is missing. As Frank and Trapper operate on ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

3 December 1974 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Throughout the entire eleven-year run of the series, a laugh track was almost never used in any of the operating room scenes; the one and only exception appears in this episode, when Col. Blake is stabbed by an anesthetic needle and falls asleep counting backwards. See more »


During the final scene, when the Turk returns the jeep back with an unconscious Radar, Orielly's wool cap falls back off his head just as the keep comes to a stop but it is back in place when the camera angle shifts. See more »


Frank Burns: Klinger! I want to see you out of that dress - tonight!
Klinger: Never on a first date, sir!
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Featured in M*A*S*H: Abyssinia, Henry (1975) See more »

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It's a Hard Day in the OR
6 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

This is another letter to Dad, although this time it's on tape. Several events take place. One has a Lieutenant looking out for his sergeant. Using a gun to force the doctors to look after his guy first. He is threatening. Somehow, he is allowed to get away with this when there are MP's around. He is a threat to the operating room and this should not happen. They also have a Turkish soldier who is even more threatening. He is wounded but ignores the pain. He just wants to get back and kill some Chinese. We also have a soldier from Luxembourg who is thought to be dead, but whose body is apparently lost. There is a surprising conclusion to this set of circumstances. Henry is stabbed with a hypo intended for the Turk. Classic slapstick. Another series of unrelated episodes on a particular day.

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