M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Morale Victory 

While Hawkeye and BJ struggle as morale officers of the disgruntled camp, Winchester tries to help a patient whose pianist career seems ruined due to a crippled hand.


Charles S. Dubin


John Rappaport, Dan Wilcox (executive story editor) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
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
James Stephens ... Private David Sheridan
G.W. Bailey ... Sergeant Luther Rizzo
Jeff Maxwell ... Pvt. Igor Straminsky


The officers, enlisted and crew bellyache once too often about the conditions at the 4077. Potter condemns Hawkeye and BJ to act as 'Morale Officers' after a childish treatment of "Tales of Manhattan" (a 1942 classic and one of Mildred's favorite films). Charles performs grueling surgery, certain that the patient, Private David Sheridan (James Stephens) will be forever grateful to him for saving his leg. Instead, David Sheridan, who also sustained permanent nerve damage to three fingers of his right hand, is closer to suicidal than thankful. A gifted concert pianist with training from Julliard, Sheridan believes his hand is his life so his life is now futile. Heckle and Jeckle promise the gang a big gala dinner party; Klinger must deliver. Should they have signed his three day pass before he brought the food back to camp? Knowing and recognizing his own limitations with people, can his deep love of music give Charles the right words to reach David Sheridan and help him to save his ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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The film playing at the beginning of this episode is Tales of Manhattan (1942). See more »


At first the shadow of the boom mic is visible on the ceiling of the mess tent, and then the boom itself is visible as BJ stands and begins talking to Klinger. DVD time 10:25 See more »


Maj. Charles Winchester: David?
Private David Sheridan: What time is it?
Maj. Charles Winchester: It's very late. David, I'm sorry to awaken you, but I feel that we need to talk.
Private David Sheridan: Doctor, we have talked. How many times do you need to come here? I've told you I don't blame you for what happened, but that doesn't give me my hand back.
Maj. Charles Winchester: Whether you blame me or not makes no difference. It's you, David. You see no future for yourself, and that gnaws at me.
Private David Sheridan: Your concern is admirable, but there must be better ways for you to spend your time because I don't give a damn.
Maj. Charles Winchester: You have a ...
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood, Mama)
Written by Jerry Brandow, Buddy G. DeSylva, Edward Robinson, Willie Spottswood and Leonard Ware
Portion sung by Alan Alda
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Charles Finally Shows Compassion
19 April 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

One of the better episodes. As the camp watches a movie (which has been shown numerous times), Hawkeye and B.J. express their disdain for the lack of enjoyment in the camp. This incites others to complain. The boys soon wish they had kept their mouths shut when Potter makes them morale officers. Of course, they haven't a clue what to do, but soon everyone is pushing them to do their jobs. The second plot involves Charles, who has done masterful surgery on a young soldier, saving his legs and his life. The sad thing is he has also a hand injury which ill affect some of his motor skills. To most, this wouldn't be a problem, but this guy is a Julliard grad and a concert pianist. He becomes angry and depressed and Charles can't console him. Back at the morale department, PIerce and Hunnicutt come up with the idea of having a beach party. It's one of those episodes where the factors come to a sweet conclusion without being too maudlin.

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28 January 1980 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



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1.33 : 1
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