M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Dear Dad... Three 

Hawkeye pens another letter to his father during a 'typical' day at the 4077th.


Don Weis

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Episode cast overview:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Wayne Rogers ... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
McLean Stevenson ... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Mills Watson ... Sgt. Condon
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Odessa Cleveland ... Lt. Ginger Bayliss, RN
Bobbie Mitchell ... Lt. Gilbert, RN
Kathleen Hughes ... Lorraine Blake
Arthur Abelson Arthur Abelson ... Milt Jaffe
Louise Vienna Louise Vienna ... Sylvia Jaffe
Sivi Aberg Sivi Aberg ... Anna Lindstrom


The crew at 4077 is so bored, Frank and Trapper play cards together, as Hawkeye writes his dad. A patient, Condon, who is also an ignorant bigot, wants "the right color" of blood used in his transfusion. A soldier comes into OR with a live grenade that was shot into his body; both patient and doctor survive. Margaret may be a royal pain, but she is always there to assist in the tough cases. At Happy Hour, Henry tells Father Mulcahy how he came to be drafted. The drunken duo decide to add some "color" to Condon's recovery. In Henry's office, Radar screens Blake home movies for Henry, Trapper and Hawkeye. Father Mulcahy boxes a few rounds as Hotlips and Frank practice some strange mating rituals. The 4077 monthly officers' meetings are an ongoing disaster, until they officially end the war. Condon gets a lesson about Dr. Charles Drew and he leaves the 4077 with a lot to think about. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War

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Release Date:

10 November 1973 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


During Margaret and Frank's fight, Margaret claims that despite having a brain, Frank only thinks of her as "a bag of desirable bones" - was a scene reshot and reused from "Dear Dad, Again" (1972). In that episode, after having the exact same fight, word-for-word (although only snippets were seen under Hawkeye's narration), Frank gets drunk in The Swamp, disturbing the whole camp. In this one, they argue, also each other, and then are overcome with passion. See more »


Hawkeye and Trapper tell a racist white patient that Dr. Charles Drew, who invented the process to store blood, bled to death after a car crash because he was black and a "whites only" hospital refused to admit him. While Dr. Drew did in fact invent a way to store blood, and died in a car crash, the story surrounding the "whites only" hospital is not true according to his biography. See more »


Condon: [a racist, who insisted his blood transfusion come from a white donor] What are you guys trying to do to me? Did you give me the wrong color blood or not?
Trapper: All blood is the same.
Hawkeye: You ever hear of Dr Charles Drew, soldier?
Condon: Who's that?
Hawkeye: Dr Drew invented the process for separating blood so it can be stored.
Trapper: Plasma.
Hawkeye: He died last April after a car accident in North Carolina.
Trapper: He bled to death. The hospital wouldn't let him in.
Hawkeye: It was for whites only.
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Makin' Whoopee
Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
On phonogaph in the Swamp and partially sung by Alan Alda
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Better Letter!
26 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Vignettes of what happens in the compound are what Hawkeye's letters to his dad are all about. In this one we have several unrelated incidents. First of all, a huge grenade is seen in the body of a patient (could this really happen?). Hawkeye must surgically remove it, facing the possibility that it may explode. Another patient tells Hawkeye that the blood he is about to receive must be "white" blood (since Ginger, who is black, is standing nearby). The boys decide to darken his skin while he sleeps so he can face what it would be like to be mistreated because of his color. Henry receives a movie from his wife. It is a birthday party for his little girl. There is also some pretty funny stuff with Henry and his neighbors at a gathering. There is also a hilarious staff meeting. Why Hawkeye and Trapper are on the staff but not the other ranking officers, I don't know. I realize that they are stars, but it seems a bit odd. I guess if we want to compare it with Star Trek (in any of its incarnations) it was always the same five or six people that made all the decisions). Just saying.

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