M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Mail Call 

Mail call yields goodies like photos and cookies (Trapper) and a huge knitted sweater (Hawkeye) but Henry gets only canceled checks. Frank's stock portfolio doubled since the war began but ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
... Maj. Frank Burns
... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
... Father Francis Mulcahy


Mail call yields goodies like photos and cookies (Trapper) and a huge knitted sweater (Hawkeye) but Henry gets only canceled checks. Frank's stock portfolio doubled since the war began but when he tells the guys they are less than thrilled. Margaret takes it as a near proposal of marriage. Klinger's father is dying for the 18th time; his file is full of familial death and pregnancy. Frank finds Hawkeye's letter to his father about Pioneer Aviation so Frank asks Radar to cable his brokers to liquidate and buy Pioneer. Radar has a pen pal named Mary Jo Carpenter; he tells Hawkeye he sent Mary Jo Hawkeye's own photo and other info. Trapper gets ripped and packs to go AWOL. Will Radar 'fess up to Mary Jo? Will Trapper stay? How will Frank enjoy not being a millionaire? Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

23 February 1974 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Alan Alda's directorial debut. See more »


Trapper shows Hawkeye a photo of his daughters, but the photo is in 1970s-quality color, with the girls dressed in '70s styles and striking a "K-Mart Special" pose that was not used for portraits in the 1950s. See more »


Army Capt. "Trapper John" McIntyre: [Trapper, drunk and still upset about the letter he received from home, is packing] I gotta see my daughters... Do you know how long it's been since I made love to my wife?
Hawkeye: At least one daughter ago... Trap, leaving a war in the middle is very upsetting to those who invited us.
Army Capt. "Trapper John" McIntyre: Hey, listen: I don't like a movie, I get up and leave. I don't like the war; I'm going.
Hawkeye: Aw, c'mon, Trap, you gotta stick around and see how it ends!
Army Capt. "Trapper John" McIntyre: Oh, but it doesn't end. It's continuous. When it finishes here, they ...
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Frank and Margaret; What Does She See in Him?
4 March 2015 | by See all my reviews

One of the interesting things in this series is the relationship between Frank Burns and Margaret Houlihan. There have been numerous episodes where Frank has made it clear that he is just using her, that when the war is over, she will be left in the dust. In this one, there is a mail delivery and Frank gets notified that his stock portfolio is doing quite well. Once Hawkeye gets wind of this, he hides a cryptic letter under his pillow (just a part of it sticking out), giving advice from a Senator concerning a can't-miss stock. Of course, he goes bananas, trying to sell all his stocks to purchase this sure fire stock. He tells Margaret he is about to be a millionaire. He offers to pay for an apartment and give her 25 dollars a week as a kept woman. You would think this would be the end of things, but..... Another subplot has to do with Trapper deciding to leave in a Jeep so he can go home to see his girls. Not a bad episode.

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