M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Mail Call Three 

Klinger's wife wants a divorce, Radar's upset because his mom is seeing a new man, B.J. finds out that another man made a pass at his wife, and Hawkeye receives another love letter for another soldier named Benjamin Pierce.


(as Charles Dubin)


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Episode cast overview:
... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
... Col. Sherman T. Potter
... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
... Maj. Charles Winchester
... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
... Father Francis Mulcahy
... Captain Ben Pierce
Jack Grapes ... Kelsey


Radar drives up with bags of mail; Klinger cannot wait for Radar to sort it: he has not heard from Laverne in weeks. Hawkeye gets mail meant for another Captain BF Pierce who appears to be "some kind of Romeo." BJ's Peggy had to fix a plumbing issue and was hit on by a neighbor at a party; BJ is very upset. Radar learns his mother has a new friend: a gentleman friend. Margaret has the MIL from Hell; when Donald put Margaret forth for DAR membership, his mother blackballed her. The Boston baldy has no comfort and no sense for Margaret. Klinger cried wolf too many times: his wife is divorcing him and no one believes him. Klinger tells Father Mulcahy he will go AWOL. Radar confides in Hawkeye his issues about his mother dating; Hawkeye tells him a story and also tells him he is jealous at having to share his mother. BJ is crazy: does Peggy need him anymore? Who is this mysterious Romeo named Captain BF Pierce. Will Klinger really go AWOL? Written by LA-Lawyer

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letter | mistaken mail | See All (2) »


Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

6 February 1978 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the third time/title that was based upon the characters receiving letter/packages from home. See more »


Hawkeye tells Radar about how his mother died when he was a child and how his dad has been alone ever since. However, in #1.18 ("Dear Dad, Again"), Hawkeye closes a letter to his father with, "Kiss mom and sis." See more »


Capt. B.J. Hunnicut: [toasting Klinger's decision not to go AWOL] To Klinger, Korea's most eligible bachelor. May your wife dress as well as you do.
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Features Kentucky Moonshine (1938) See more »


Button Up Your Overcoat
Music by Ray Henderson
Lyrics by Lew Brown and Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by Alan Alda, William Christopher, Jamie Farr, Mike Farrell, Harry Morgan, and David Ogden Stiers
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The Mail Stirs the Pot
2 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Just a series of vignettes based on people's mail, all delivered the same day. Margaret gets a condescending letter from her mother in law. Radar finds out his widowed mother is going out with some guy. B. J. is all bent out of shape because his wife is having to make life decisions on her own (like who to go to to fix the car), Hawkeye is getting amorous letters from a guy who shares his name and rank, and Klinger is asked for a divorce by his wife. All these things are dealt with. Klinger's thing is probably the most serious, but because of his boy-calling-wolf activities in the past, he gets no sympathy. A pretty tame episode.

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