M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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Sometimes You Hear the Bullet 

Hawkeye's childhood buddy drops by, and reveals that he is writing a book about his experiences in the infantry - experiences that may hit a little too close to home.

Director:

William Wiard

Writers:

Carl Kleinschmitt, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
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
Ron Howard ... Wendell (as Ronny Howard)
James T. Callahan ... Tommy Gillis (as James Callahan)
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Fred Lerner ... Patient #1
Chuck Hicks ... Patient #2
Lynnette Mettey Lynnette Mettey ... Lt. Nancy Griffin
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Storyline

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 ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | War

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Henry Blake: Pierce, is there anything I can do to help?
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: It's the first time I cried since I came to this crummy place. I don't understand that.
Henry Blake: Well, Gillis was your friend. I mean, it's only natural that you'd, uh, you know.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Henry, I know why I'm crying now. Tommy was my friend, and I watched him die, and I'm crying. I've watched guys die almost every day. Why didn't I ever cry for them?
Henry Blake: Because you're a doctor.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: The hell does that mean?
Henry Blake: I don't know. If I had the answer, I'd be at the Mayo Clinic. Does this ...
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Connections

References Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm in the Mood for Love
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Played on Margaret's phonograph
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Opie Cunningham
3 November 2020 | by ramblingvagabondSee all my reviews

Opie Cunningham makes an appearance. Hawkeye cries.


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Official Sites:

Hulu | metv

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 January 1973 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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