M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Give 'Em Hell, Hawkeye 

Hawkeye writes to President Truman complaining about the war and the senseless tasks they have to do, like camp beautification to obtain a needed water heater.


Charles S. Dubin


Dennis Koenig, 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
Stefan Gierasch ... Colonel Ditka
Lance Toyoshima Lance Toyoshima ... Kim Han
Ed Vasgersian Ed Vasgersian ... Captain Broz
John Lavachielli ... Young Turk
Xander Berkeley ... Marine
Kellye Nakahara ... Lt. Kellye Yamato, RN
Mae Hi Mae Hi ... Sun Ki


Hawkeye writes to President Truman complaining about the war and the senseless tasks they have to do, like camp beautification to obtain a needed water heater.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

letter | gardening | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama | War







English | Turkish

Release Date:

16 November 1981 (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?


This is both the only episode where a regular character writes to a real person, and the only episode where a character writes to a real person who was alive during the Korean Conflict. In the season five episode "Dear Sigmund", Major Freedman, who was a recurring character, wrote to the late Sigmund Freud. See more »


The spot where they put the "beautification project" in the outside shot of the camp is the same spot where there is a row of tents: Colonel Potter's, the showers, Father Mulcahey, the nurse's, and Major Houlihan. During any of the scenes filmed inside the studio set, the row of tents can again be seen in its regular spot. See more »


Lt./Capt. Father Francis J. Mulcahy: I just received this letter from my superior at HQ.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: I didn't know there was a "Father Superior".
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References To Have and Have Not (1944) See more »

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A Letter to Harry
26 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Hawkeye is fed up with peace talks going nowhere, and decides to write a letter to President Truman. The camp really needs an industrial size water heater. Instead of listening, a Colonel tells the leadership they need to "beautify" the camp. If they do a good job, they will get a water heater. The camp does get into the project but they aren't happy. Mulcahy is instructed to try to reduce the problem with venereal diseases. Charles is given the job of immunizing prostitutes and is quite annoyed. Margaret is in charge of project but feels something is lacking. They talk about creating a fountain for their new garden. Also a young Marine who has lost his sight because of ethyl alcohol. All these things are sent to Harry and as most episodic offerings, this works pretty well.

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