M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Big Mac 

The camp prepares for a visit from General Douglas MacArthur, but Klinger interrupts the proceedings with his attempts to earn a Section 8 discharge.



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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
... Maj. Frank Burns
... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
... Col. Whiteman
... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
... Capt. Calvin Spalding


MacArthur is coming, MacArthur is coming (this is surprising since Mark W. Clark took over 15 episodes ago at the end of "O.R.") Everyone shows his or her usual level of excitement and/or contempt. Blake is ordered to make certain Klinger stays de-frocked. Looking for kudos back home (and higher fees on tonsillectomies) Blake orders all troops to "de-shambilize" the 4077. The entire camp is white-washed, festooned in red, white and blue, and parade viewing stands proudly adorn the compound. A brief inspection of Mac's VIP quarters is more than enough for Hotlips to achieve "lift off" (even with Ferret Face.) At the rehearsal, Radar is a corn-cob smoking stand-in for the man of the hour. But, there are excruciating SNAFUs lurking beneath the usual ones labeled "Situations Normal." Even Radar drops his pipe. But, Klinger burns. Whether for Mac or just for a Section 8: Klinger burns for America! Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

25 February 1975 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The role of the "actual" General MacArthur is uncredited. See more »


In the final line of Capt. Spaulding's song for Gen. MacArthur's arrival, he sings, "...with your corncob pipe and your five gold stars." But the stars of a general, regardless of rank, are silver, not gold. This would be common knowledge to any soldier, especially to an officer such as Capt. Spaulding (although perhaps Spaulding used "gold" for the song's meter). See more »


Col. Whiteman: Included in the above-said time allotment for commanding officers' greeting is the introduction of inferior-grade officers.
Hawkeye: [to Trapper] That's gotta be us!
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References Tin Pan Alley (1940) See more »


Five Gold Stars
Written and performed by Loudon Wainwright III
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Much Ado About Nothing
8 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

The 4077th is going to be honored by a visit from Douglas MacArthur. They are visited by an advanced team that sets the table for the visit. Hawkeye and Trapper do their usual juvenile thing while the guy is talking. It's interesting that knowing how important this is to the troops and to Henry, they can't let up a bit. But that's another issue. Of course, Frank takes it upon himself to plan the whole thing, Margaret is in perpetual drool mode. Radar gets all military and that's pretty funny. He decorates the General's quarters. Klinger is going to be a problem. They don't want MacArthur to see him. Henry does what he can, but the guy has his agenda. Anyway, after a trial run, the camp is ready. Or are they?

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