M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Love Story 

After Radar gets a "Dear John" letter Hawkeye and Trapper try to help him with a new nurse who's into classical literature and music.


Earl Bellamy


Laurence Marks, 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
Kelly Jean Peters ... Lt. Louise Anderson
Marcia Strassman ... Nurse Margie Cutler
Barbara Brownell ... Lt. Jones
Stefanianna Christopherson Stefanianna Christopherson ... Lt. O'Brien (as Indira Danks)
Jerry Harper Jerry Harper ... Sergeant


Radar receives a "Dear John" recording on 45 RPM from his fiancee, Linda Sue. He is so distraught, he cannot eat or sleep and makes hash of the 4077 requisitions and reports. Henry, Hawkeye and Trapper are so concerned, they put Radar through a physical. They quickly learn: Radar has a 1-A body and a 4-F brain. When pretty Lt. Louise Anderson visits the 4077, Radar is smitten. Hawkeye helps Louise unpack to learn about her literary and musical tastes. Hawkeye describes her as "highbrow" and the guys, together with Father Mulcahy, help Radar brush up on Bach, Tolstoy and Italian classic poets. But not everyone is happy about the "mixed" (enlisted and officer) romance in the offing; a very nasty Margaret threatens to call Gen. Clayton if Henry does not break them up. Hawkeye wonders how Hotlips would feel if her own romance with Frank was threatened. The hapless Ferret Face is like chloroform in the hands of the masters. But, can the guys actually force Hotlips to say "Uncle?" Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War








Release Date:

7 January 1973 (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?


The only "dear John" recording in the entire series. All other "dear Johns" have been letters. See more »


LTC Blake announces that the film being presented deals with the treatment of cardiogenic shock. He then adds that there will also be a slide show on the newest drugs available to combat it. However, Blake then begins explaining the slides as they're shown. This would be counter-intuitive, because it wouldn't make much sense to discuss the drugs to treat cardiogenic shock before showing a film that explains its treatment. See more »


Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly: Ahhh, Bach.
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References Love Story (1970) See more »

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22 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Radar is cast as a man who had a fiancée back in Otumwa who has sent him a drugstore Dear John recording. Later, I believe, Radar's past is restructured and made different, but for now, he lapses into depression. Trapper and Hawkeye decide to find him a girlfriend, but as is usually the case, the women on the post will not even look at him. One day a pretty young nurse come and Radar is totally taken, but he is far from her intellectual equal. She reads classic literature, philosophy, and loves classical music. The guys try to get Radar up to speed enough so they can at least talk a bit. Once Margaret and Frank get wind of this, Houlihan pulls the plug on the "affair." It is strictly vindictive. The boys then launch a full frontal assault on the rendezvous between Frank and Margaret. It is funny, but in the final evaluation, is there any future for Radar and Lieutenant Anderson.

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