M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Adam's Ribs 

After literally being fed up with mess hall food, Hawkeye goes on a desperate quest to order barbecue spare ribs from his favorite restaurant, Adam's Ribs, at Dearborn Station in Chicago.



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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 (credit only)
... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
... Master Sgt. Tarola
... Major Pfiefer
... Pvt. Igor Straminsky


Hawkeye leads a Mess mutiny against a river of liver and an ocean of fish; Henry gives him a semi-private chewing out for the mess in Mess. As Hawkeye idly plays with the office skeleton, Henry uses the word "rib." A light bulb illuminates and leads to some of the most complicated, precision maneuvers since WWII and Operation Overlord. Everyone has had a "taste" for a particular food or meal that cannot be satisfied by anything less than the actual food... and it is usually requires some effort. But, Hawkeye's craving is 20,000 miles away! Will Hawkeye get his special meal, and his special sauce? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

26 November 1974 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


While the number for the Dearborn st station is given as DEarborn 57500 (335-7500) the actual number is KLondike 48100 (554-8100) See more »


When explaining to Hawkeye and Trapper that he "spent half [his] life at the Dearborn Station," Col. Blake continues that Dearborn Street Station was where he met his wife, Lorraine. However, in "Dear Dad...Three," Henry explained that he met his wife at a freshman mixer at Illinois Normal, which is approximately 135 miles from Chicago. See more »


[about his uncle]
Klinger: He'd kill for me. He'd kill for you. For $100, he'd kill for anyone.
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References Adam's Rib (1949) See more »

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A Rib, A Rib, My Kingdom for a Rib
6 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

I've probably seen this episode fifteen times and that "river of liver and an ocean of fish" line is pretty memorable. If you put that aside, the whole thing is a bit ludicrous. If it weren't for a series of really benevolent people, few of whom share in the spoils, it could not happen. The former girlfriend of Trapper who gets the stuff on a plane for them deserves a medal. Why should she go through all this trouble. There are times when Trapper and, especially Hawkeye, are like spoiled children. Granted, they are portrayed as amazingly skilled surgeons, but they frequently lust after things that others routinely do without. Hawkeye is tired of the food and wants ribs. But it has to be "the" ribs. There are probably ribs in Tokyo or other nearby places that he could have dined on. But they need to come from Chicago. Anyway, they do present the usual army snafus that prevent a normal operation. Still, there is a back and forth with this camp where one day they seem to have all they could need and the next, they need so much. The writers are often inconsistent in how they portray the camp setting and the needs.

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