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Tea and Empathy 

Father Mulcahy and Klinger retrieve some stolen penicillin after a soldier's confession, B.J. deals with a patient's morphine addiction, and British Major Ross demands that Hawkeye release his still-injured soldiers.



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Episode cast overview:
... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
... Capt. B.J. Hunnicutt
... Col. Sherman T. Potter
... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
... Maj. Charles Winchester
... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly (credit only)
... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
... Father Francis Mulcahy
... Major Ross
... Corporal Benny Bryant
Neil Thompson ... Johnson
Neil Hunt ... Enright
Chris Winfield ... Whitefield
Jay Pirelli ... Michaels
... Soldier


Gloucester Regiment, part of the BCFK (British Commonwealth Forces Korea) arrive at the 4077; Colonel Potter calls them nutcakes who never wear helmets. BJ is recognized by a GI, Sgt. Johnson, upon whom BJ operated 8 months earlier; he is wounded and seems to be in severe pain. Klinger has to break it to Col. Potter: their penicillin store has been stolen again. Father Mulcahy tries to be useful, but "no one seems to need Last Rites." Hawkeye rails against the British tradition of giving wounded soldiers tea. For soldiers with abdominal injury, tea may mean peritonitis. Major Derek Ross, (Bernard Fox) the CO of the Gloucester Regiment, annoys the surgeons with his brusque attitude toward his men. A sergeant confesses to Father Mulcahy information about Black Market medicine; Father grabs Klinger and a jeep and Father's info rings a bell. Hawkeye is shocked when he next runs into Maj. Ross in post-op. Hawkeye learns there may be different methods for different COs when it comes to ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

17 January 1978 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is based on the 1953 play 'Tea and Sympathy' by Robert Anderson. See more »


(at around 14 mins) When Father Mulcahy and Klinger are running back to their jeep, another vehicle is visible nearby. This is the exact same vehicle shown when they drive up to the shack. It hasn't moved at all. See more »


Father Francis Mulcahy: Klinger, I know where we may be able to find some penicillin.
Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: Oh yeah? Where?
Father Francis Mulcahy: Well, I can't tell you that.
Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: Then how are we gonna get there?
Father Francis Mulcahy: Oh, yes... well, I better drive.
Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: Then what do you need me for?
Father Francis Mulcahy: I can't divulge that either.
Corporal Maxwell Q. Klinger: Ok, I've been on blind dates before.
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References Tea and Sympathy (1956) See more »

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Multiple Plots--Good Episode
8 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Several things are going on at the unit. A group of wounded British soldiers are in the compound. It seems that they don't use helmets in battle. They also give tea to the wounded soldiers which sometimes leads to peritonitis. There is a soldier who is hooked on morphine who B.J. tries to get through withdrawal. Black marketeers steal all the unit's penicillin and Mulcahy and Klinger, from a tip from the confessional (for which the Father feels guilty), go about finding where the stolen medicine is and risk their lives to get it back. The other issue with the British is a captain who tells the boys to stop whining and get ready to go back into combat. That leads to an interesting conversation.

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