M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Fade Out, Fade In 

Frank Burns cracks up over Margaret's marriage while on R&R in Tokyo, and Major Charles Emerson Winchester III is sent to the 4077th as a replacement by a vindictive superior officer.


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

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
David Ogden Stiers ... Maj. Charles Winchester
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Rick Hurst ... Capt. Schaeffer
Raymond Singer ... Dr. Berman
Robert Symonds ... Col. Horace Baldwin
Tom Stovall ... The Sergeant
William Flatley William Flatley ... M.P. Sergeant
James Carroll ... Driver (as James Lough)
Joseph Burns Joseph Burns ... Patient


While on leave in Seoul, Frank finally cracks up over Margaret's marriage and starts hunting her and Donald down, accosting every female who bears even a passing resemblance to her. Unfortunately, it couldn't come at a worse time as the 4077th is inundated with casualties. Potter then makes a call to Tokyo and requests a surgeon to come in to fill in while the MPs hunt for Frank. They eventually find one in the person of Major Charles Emerson Winchester III, whose surgical skills match his arrogance, causing Hawkeye and BJ to take an immediate dislike to him. Eventually, Frank is transferred out and Winchester becomes a permanent member of the 4077 surgical staff. Now, Winchester must adjust not only to what he sees as inferior surgical conditions, but to the lunacy of Hawkeye and BJ. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Comedy | Drama | War







Release Date:

20 September 1977 (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?


Major Houlihan's wedding reception is hosted by General Lyle Weiskopf, who makes an appearance in the season 7 episode "Hot Lips Is Back In Town". See more »


It's implied that Colonel Potter offers Radar his first cigar. However, in a previous episode ("Chief Surgeon Who?" S1E4), a visiting general walks in and catches Radar smoking Colonel Blake's cigars. See more »


Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: Would you like to talk to Father Mulcahy?
The Sergeant: Okay, but I'm an atheist.
Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: Really?
The Sergeant: Swear to God.
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Alternate Versions

Originally broadcast as a one-hour program. Syndicated versions are edited into two parts. The one-hour version is presented on the DVD. See more »


References The Howdy Doody Show (1947) See more »


Give Me the Simple Life
Music by Rube Bloom
Plays in the Officers' Club
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