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
Radar mentions that at the last monthly meeting, a motion had been made to hold a yearly reunion. This same concept would spark the entire plot for the later episode M*A*S*H: The Party (1979). See more »
Towards the end when Sgt. Condon salutes Lt. Bayliss, Lt. Bayliss renders an improper salute. The palm of her hand is showing and the tips of her fingertips are NOT touching her right eyebrow. See more »
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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