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 was the first time M*A*S*H took the more serious tone that would be far more common in the later seasons. See more
Walter/Wendell leans over on his right side while trying to 'hot-wire' the Jeep. A patient recovering from appendectomy could not exert themselves in that manner. See more
[making out with a nurse in the Swamp, as Radar knocks
Hot Lips, if you don't get out of here, I'll shoot you.
Radar, if you don't get out of here, I'll shoot Hot Lips.
I'm in the Mood for Love
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played on Margaret's phonograph See more