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Rainbow Bridge 

Hawkeye and Trapper are Tokyo-bound, Frank is jealous; but Trapper wants 3 days without amputating something. Father and Henry bring shopping lists but Radar brings news of more casualties.... See full summary »


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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
Mako ... Dr. Lin Tam
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Loudon Wainwright III ... Capt. Calvin Spalding


Hawkeye and Trapper are Tokyo-bound, Frank is jealous; but Trapper wants 3 days without amputating something. Father and Henry bring shopping lists but Radar brings news of more casualties. Thirty-six hours and 473 cases later (an all time record) Henry tells the officers about an unusual radio call Radar took from the Chinese. The Chinese have 9 shot-up GIs they are willing to free...but only if unarmed doctors, a corpsman and a driver travel 50 miles into Chinese territory in one vehicle to retrieve the GIs. All must be totally without weaponry. Margaret and Frank do not trust the offer, but Hawkeye believes it. He knows the Chinese realize the 4077 treats their wounded Chinese well and believes the Chinese are trying to give their GIs a break. Radar is to drive the bus with doctors, Hawkeye and Trapper, and a volunteer corpsman, Klinger. Smelling a commendation, Hotlips urges Frank to volunteer and arms him with all kinds of courage. So, five Americans meet a group of Chinese... ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

17 September 1974 (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?


This is the first time Captain Spalding (the singing surgeon (played by Loudon Wainwright III) is shown. He is shown at the beginning and end of the episode singing "Oh Tokyo" See more »


The doctors are supposed to be driving into Chinese territory. To do so they would have to drive straight through North Korea--for at least 300 miles. This is not likely. See more »


Hawkeye: It could be a trap, Trap.
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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »


North Korean Blues
Composed and Performed by Loudon Wainwright III
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Frank Become Dangerous
5 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Hawkeye and Trapper are ready to set sail for Tokyo. Their bags are packed and they have got their reservations and plans. Henry even brings them a list of things to pick up for others in the camp. Suddenly, a truckload of plasma shows up. Apparently, when this happens it means that wounded are on the way (and it turns out this is so). They take care of this and then Henry has another task. It seems that the Chinese (the enemy) have several wounded soldiers and they don't have the ability to care for them. They have offered an olive branch. If the 4077th were to send a bus, following their conditions, they can take the wounded back to camp. Of course, they must deal with the reality that it could be a trap. Frank is suspicious. Margaret talks him into going along, hoping he will get a citation or a promotion. What he is is trouble. Margaret gives him a pistol to take along which is counter to the demands of the Chinese. They all meet at what is referred to as the Rainbow Bridge.

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