M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Quo Vadis, Captain Chandler 

The latest group of casualties includes a bomber pilot who claims he's Jesus Christ. Frank and Margaret think he's faking battle fatigue in order to get a discharge, and they bring in Colonel Flagg to help expose him.


Larry Gelbart


Burt Prelutsky, 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
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Edward Winter ... Col. Samuel Flagg
Allan Arbus ... Maj. Sidney Freedman
Alan Fudge ... Captain Arnold Chandler


Incoming wounded include a Captain who identifies himself to Radar and the doctors as Jesus Christ. He does not appear to be bucking for a Section 8 and seems placid and harmless. Radar is particularly taken with the gentle Captain. But, naturally, Hotlips and Frank are offended; they think BJ and Hawkeye are "up to something." Col. Potter dismisses them as snitches, so they call Crazy in Army, Col. Flagg. Flagg brings the dossier of the fallen Captain, Bombardier Pilot Arnold T. Chandler of the 428th Bomber Squadron, shot down after flying an "inconsequential" 57 bombing missions and earning all possible medals, honors and decorations. The doctors think Chandler has battle fatigue. Flagg thinks he has turned "chicken" and wants to turn up the heat. Potter is not Henry: he stands right up to the bullying Flagg, which makes Hawkeye smile. Hawkeye suggests Dr. Sidney Freedman; Potter and BJ are meeting the good, the bad and the ugly in this episode. Sidney thinks Chandler lost himself ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War







Release Date:

7 November 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?


Oedipus was a mythical Greek king of Thebes. A tragic hero in Greek mythology, Oedipus accidentally fulfilled a prophecy that he would end up killing his father and marrying his mother, thereby bringing disaster to his city and family. See more »


Colonel Flagg states that Captain Chandler is a member of the 428th Bomber Squadron. The 428th was not active during the Korean War; it was disbanded after 1945 and only re-activated in 1959. See more »


Colonel Flagg: Now I'm blowing the whistle on you, Freedman.
Dr. Sidney Freedman: Blow away.
Colonel Flagg: Col. Potter, this man, this American, never signed his Officer's Loyalty Oath. And I intend to see that he's be thrown out of the service.
Hawkeye: Very smart, Sidney.
B.J.: Where do we go to not sign?
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References Gojira (1954) See more »


The More I See You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Portion sung by Jamie Farr
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Not a Bad Substitute!
12 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A man returns from combat, thinking he is Jesus Christ. He has a gentle demeanor about him and begins to have an affect on the camp. Margaret and Frank, of course, immediately turn on the guy, and try to have him punished. Who should show up but Colonel Flagg who is going to do his usual CIA job on this man. He has the actual information on the guy, showing that he is a bombardier who has flown close to sixty missions. We also have a visit from Sidney Freedman (one of the best minor characters in this series), who must deal with the fact that the guy actually does believe what he is saying. This is one of those cool episodes where what is right overcomes the bigotry that is Frank Burns. The paranoia of Flagg and the abject cruelty that continues with Frank and Margaret isn't terribly funny here.

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