Margaret's in the mood for love...just until Frank gets near her, dips her and blows out his back. Margaret and Frank nag at Henry, until Henry recommends Frank for the Purple Heart for his "frontline" injury. A genuine hero and old friend of Hawkeye, Tommy Gillis, visits the 4077; he used to be a correspondent, reporting the war; but now, he is a foot soldier, living the war. Tommy tells Hawkeye and Trapper about his novel "You Never Hear The Bullet," of which he is very proud. A young Marine, Wendell (Ronny Howard) visits the 4077 with a burst appendix. At first, Hawkeye promises to keep it secret when he learns Wendell is actually Walter, the 15-year-old younger brother, trying to impress the girl back home. But after Tommy dies on the table, Hawkeye cries; Henry tells Hawkeye two immutable truths about war. Rule #1 is apparent: Tommy is dead; but, Hawkeye realizes he CAN do something to change Rule #2. lt would involve breaking a promise... and invoking the Order of the Purple ...
Did You Know?
This is the first point in the series where the audience sees a death of a patient. See more
In the close-up shot of Tommy on the operating table, he is still wearing his khaki t-shirt and dog tags as Hawkeye operates on him. See more
[Hawkeye has just told Margaret that "Wendell" faked his age to get into the Army
I'm never gonna forgive you for this! Not for the rest of my life!
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce
Let's hope it's a long and healthy hate.
References Gomer Pyle: USMC
I'm in the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played on Margaret's phonograph See more