M*A*S*H (1972–1983)


The nurses refuse to date until their lonely colleague Edwina gets a date, so the men draw straws.


James Sheldon


Hal Dresner, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

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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
Arlene Golonka ... Nurse Edwina 'Eddie' Ferguson
Marcia Strassman ... Nurse Margie Cutler
Linda Meiklejohn Linda Meiklejohn ... Lt. Leslie Scorch


Edwina "Eddie" Ferguson, R.N. is equal parts nerves, calamity and klutz. Around a guy, Eddie is all thumbs; he would need a suit of armor to escape unscathed. A few weeks before Eddie ships home, the 4077 gang throws a surprise party to celebrate her 28th birthday; she confides to Margie Cutler she is still virgo intacta. Radar overhears the nurses plotting in the ladies' showers: if one of the guys does not step up to the plate and/or bite the proverbial bullet, the girls will insure there is no action at the brickyard for the foreseeable future. Henry and the guys decide they should all draw straws to choose the date for Edwina. Old Ferret Face says he wants no part of the "unholy confluence," but the penalty for sitting out is being stripped naked, painted purple and dropped by helicopter behind enemy lines. No one is more delighted than Frank when Hawkeye draws the short straw. The great lover of the 4077 is about to meet his match. Will Hawkeye survive a date with Edwina...and ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War








Release Date:

24 December 1972 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the first time the famous MASH signpost (indicating distances to various places) was featured. See more »


Throughout the scene where Eddie and Hawkeye are on a date in his tent, the stove pipe appears seamless, as if one long pipe. Just after they kiss, Eddie gets up off the cot and walks toward the camera. You can now see a "seam" on the pipe where it detaches when Eddie puts her hands on it and pushes it over hitting Hawkeye on the head and emptying soot over him and the cot. See more »


Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: Dance with me? Carefully.
[They dance. Edwina backs Hawkeye into the stove]
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: Ow! Ow!
Nurse Edwina 'Eddie' Ferguson: That does it! I'm hopeless!
[Accidentally knocks over a tray of glasses]
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: No, no! Cheap glass, that's all that is. Who cares about that? That doesn't matter, what matters here is you...
[sound of crunching glass]
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: Ow! Ow!
Nurse Edwina 'Eddie' Ferguson: What is it?
Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: I'm not wearing any shoes!Ow! Ow!
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Music by Lionel Newman
Plays on radio
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