M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Hawkeye and B.J. agree to help a colleague trying to start a Korean restaurant when he gets home. But Frank refuses to cooperate--until he is involved in an ridiculous tank accident.


William K. Jurgensen (as William Jurgensen)


Rick Mittleman, 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
Larry Linville ... Maj. Frank Burns
Gary Burghoff ... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
Frank Marth ... Colonel Griswald
Bruce Kirby ... Sergeant Kimble
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Ted Hamilton ... Lieutenant Chivers


Ah, the cleanliness of military war: one hand washes another. After 30 years, Sgt. Kimble is going home; his medical records must be fixed so he travels by boat and not by air: Kimble is bringing home tons of restaurant ware to open his own Korean cafe stateside. BJ and Hawkeye are each willing to live and let live, but Kimble's problem requires 3 doctors to sign the certification...and there is the matter of a stolen microscope which Kimble promised to replace. Frank refuses to sign. Intense sniper fire causes Potter to get help: the British 29th Brigade comes to the rescue. Lt. Chivers is a nice chap who needs help on the QT with an ingrown toenail; British COs are rabid about proper foot care...one frost toe, and Chivers could lose rank. Another visitor, Commander of Army 1st Cavalry Tank Brigade, Col. Griswold, also needs help on the QT. But his situation is "no clapping matter" and Griswold could lose his favorite little soldier without the proper medical care. Hotlips is turned ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War








Release Date:

10 October 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?


When Col. Potter shoots his crushed jeep to "put it down," it's not only a reference to the character's history as a calvaryman, but a reference to the famous WWII Bill Maudlin cartoon depicting a master sergeant with the 5th Calv. shooting his jeep in a similar fashion after it "broke its leg" (i.e. broke an axle). See more »


Radar and Klinger are taking cool showers as per their dialogue. However, steam rises from the shower. See more »


Maj. Frank Burns: [Runs over Colonel Potter's jeep with his out of control tank]
Col. Sherman T. Potter: [Walks up to the metal pancake, draws his sidearm, and "puts the beast out of its misery"]
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References The Country Doctor (1936) See more »

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Tanks a lot Frank
9 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a very entertaining episode. Once again, snipers have made life hard at the 4077th. While people are avoiding being shot, some visitors have problems of their own. A British group is on its way to counteract the sniper (though they never seem to show up) but their commander has a delicate problem (he has an ingrown toenail) which the boys make sound like an STD. The real STD guy is a blood and guts Colonel who comes to visit some of his men and then needs Hawkeye and BJ to prevent further complications. As they treat him, they realize that their microscope has been stolen. They make a deal with a military scrounger who wants to go home on a ship (remember how Henry died) but he needs three signatures to make it so. It gets down to finding a way to get Frank to sign the request. It also involves a tank, brought to dissuade more sniper fire. How it all comes down makes this a very worthwhile show in the series.

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