M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Father's Day 

Margaret's cold-hearted father visits while the gang tries to hide a stolen side of beef that was given to them by an appreciative patient.


Alan Alda


Karen Hall (as Karen L. Hall), Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

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Episode cast overview:
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
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Andrew Duggan ... Col. Alvin 'Howitzer' Houlihan
Jeffrey Kramer ... Sgt. Morgove
Art LaFleur ... The M.P. (as Art La Fleur)


Margaret's cold-hearted father visits while the gang tries to hide a stolen side of beef that was given to them by an appreciative patient.

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Comedy | Drama | War








Release Date:

8 December 1980 (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?


Andrew Duggan, who portrayed Alvin Houlihan in this episode, was in reality only 14 years older than Loretta Swit. See more »


Margaret's father Colonel "Howitzer" Al Houlihan visits the 4077th, despite the fact that Margaret had earlier implied to Henry Blake that her father was dead. See more »


Col. Sherman T. Potter: You know, I never got the chance to tell you how much Margaret means to us. We couldn't run this place without her.
'Howitzer' Al Houlihan: Well, that gal is the best thing that ever happened to me!
Col. Sherman T. Potter: Is that so? Well, you sure have a funny way of showing it.
'Howitzer' Al Houlihan: I beg your pardon?
Col. Sherman T. Potter: Margaret's busted her britches trying to please you, but you don't seem to give a tinker's damn!
'Howitzer' Al Houlihan: Forgive me, Colonel, but what business is that of yours?
Col. Sherman T. Potter: It is my business because I care about her. That gal seems to think you have no use for her.
'Howitzer' Al Houlihan:
Col. Sherman T. Potter:
'Howitzer' Al Houlihan:
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Music by Richard Rodgers
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Make Room for Daddy!
22 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Howitzer "Al" Houlihan comes to the camp. He is now retired military and has take a civilian job. Even though he stops to see his daughter, he treats her in the coldest of ways. She has been on cloud nine (though she is driving everyone nuts), an can't please the guy. There is also incredible tension because he is really annoyed at the way Pierce and Hunnicutt are dressed. He is in their faces (one of the interesting things that comes across over and over is the fact the Hawkeye and B.J. couldn't put away their confrontational garb for a day or so out of respect for Margaret). Still, he seems to be full of anger about life in general. Anyway, there is more to his problem than meets the eye. It takes some intervention from Potter to get to the bottom of things.

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