M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Dear Ma 

Radar's letter home recounts the latest round of foot inspections, and how Colonel Potter's wife's premonition of bad luck comes to fruition.


Alan Alda


Everett Greenbaum, James Fritzell (as Jim Fritzell) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Alda ... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
Mike Farrell ... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
Harry Morgan ... Col. Sherman T. Potter
Loretta Swit ... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
John Fujioka ... Colonel Kim
Rollin Moriyama Rollin Moriyama ... General Park
Byron Chung ... Korean Soldier
Lynne Marie Stewart ... Lt. Fox, RN (as Lynn Marie Stewart)
Gwen Farrell Gwen Farrell ... Nurse Able
Redmond Gleeson Redmond Gleeson ... Sergeant Callan


This time, it is Radar writing home to his Ma. Radar is helping with company foot inspections (20,000 toes) and Potter gets a 100% rating. Radar compares Potter to the man he thinks his own father might have been, had he not died. Radar thinks his Ma would get a kick out of Klinger, too. Clean-cut BJ is a soft touch with an apple pie face and a big heart. Radar gets a guinea pig for a pet and he encounters a North Korean sniper with a Russian gun in the Mess tent. Col. Potter and Hotlips take off for Kha Doc to treat the old and sick. Mrs. Potter calls him just after he leaves; she had a premonition that something would happen to the Colonel. Radar thinks his Ma would really like crazy Hawkeye, who is so smart and a great doctor, but who often does things like gluing Frank's boots to two bedpans after having to amputate a soldier's leg. Margaret comes tearing into camp with an injured Colonel; Potter compliments her by comparing her with his Mildred, who he says is equally unruffled ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War


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Release Date:

23 December 1975 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a letter home to his mother Radar writes that the 4077th has 200 people in the unit. See more »


Radar says that the Russian writing on the North Korean's gun has backwards R's and P's. Actually the Russian (Cyrillic) alphabet has characters that resemble backwards R's and N's, but not P's. See more »


Hawkeye: What a unique device, the human tush. An architectural wonder, one of a kind... actually two of a kind. Designed to support our weight for a lifetime of sitting it also has the subtlety to do the samba. And when attached to certain members of the female species at a time when light summer dresses are worn can cause some of us to drive our cars straight up a lamppost.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Radar's Epistolary Offering
13 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Radar writes home telling of the week's events at the MASH unit. First of all, B.J. gets conned by a patient whose life he saved. The guy sells him a watch with no works. Next, Hawkeye and Frank have been given the unenviable task of checking the feet of everyone in the camp. Most of this is routine, but when Frank is asked, he resists having this done. There is a call from Mrs. Potter but we don't know what she wants and the Colonel is on his way to help some locals with Margaret along. Potter comes back with shrapnel in his rear and it turns out that the call from his wife was a premonition of something bad happening. B.J. gets a surprise when some wounded are brought back into camp. We also find out why Frank was so resistant to his feet being checked. I really like this episode because there are threads holding it together that make it work very well..

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