M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Army-Navy Game 

The Army-Navy game back home holds everyone's attention (and bet money) until an artillery barrage forces the camp to dispose of an unexploded shell.



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Episode cast overview:
... Capt. Benjamin Franklin 'Hawkeye' Pierce
... Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre
... Lt. Col. Henry Blake
... Maj. Margaret 'Hot Lips' Houlihan
... Maj. Frank Burns
... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
... Father Francis Mulcahy
... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
John A. Zee ... Commander Sturner
... Capt. 'Ugly John' Black
... Nurse Hardy
... Lt. Mason, RN
Alan Manson ... Colonel Hersh


Everyone at 4077 is excited over the annual grudge fest of the gridiron (and possible payday): the Army-Navy Football Game. As a small crew gathers around the radio in Henry's office to monitor bets, drinks, and yardage, the 4077 is suddenly pinned down by enemy fire. When an unexploded bomb lands in the middle of the compound, everyone protects the patients. As Henry lies wounded and dazed, the fainting goat (Frank) is briefly in command. Hawkeye and Trapper step over Frank to examine the bomb, which they hear ticking with their stethoscopes. When Henry wakes up, he is furious: the Army blames the Navy, the Navy blames the Army, and Henry is not sure they all understand that there is a bigger game than football getting ready to kick off. Hawkeye gets the serial number from the casing and no one can quite believe who sent the bomb. Can Yankee ingenuity and a few hands of poker diffuse a bomb before it explodes? Are all bets off if the bomb blows up the 4077? And, if Navy won and Army ... Written by LA-Lawyer

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Comedy | Drama | War





Release Date:

25 February 1973 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Game show host Tom Kennedy provided the radio voice for the Army Navy game. See more »


Henry addresses a Navy Commander as 'sir'. Commander, O-5, is equal to Lt. Colonel and thus improper for Henry to address him in this manner. See more »


Lt. Col. Henry Blake: [reading a set of instructions] And carefully cut the wires leading to the clockwork fuse at the head.
[Trapper cuts the wires]
Lt. Col. Henry Blake: But first, remove the fuse.
[pause. Everyone exchanges panciked looks. Trapper listens to the bomb with a stethoscope]
Army Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre: Psst. Psst.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: You spring a leak?
Army Capt. 'Trapper John' McIntyre: It stopped ticking.
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce: Let's get the hell outta here. We've only got two minutes, maybe ...
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References 1952 Army-Navy Game (1952) See more »


Auld Lang Syne
Music traditional
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by Loretta Swit
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13 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the worst episodes of MASH! It's a ridiculous premise that's riddled with inaccuracies. This is just another of those stories where Alan Alda gets a lot of screen time to over act. All through this series they seemed determined to make the military look like a collection of bumbling idiots who some how manage to survive long enough to only do great harm to each other and innocent civilians. An anti-war statement is never a bad thing; unless it's done the ham handed way this is done. Having served in a MASH unit in Viet Nam, I can say we weren't as GI as a Cav. unit but we were Army and we knew what we were doing and how to use more then just the tools of medicine. It is possible to criticize a general concept without completely insulting those that took part in the completion of the task. But then that wouldn't serve the Hollywood agenda these days would it. I enjoy some of the episodes of this show. But this is not one of them.There are so many stupid premises it's hard to list them all. But Frank and Hot Lips cringing in a tent and singing auld lang syne rather then simply moving away from war the bomb is to the other end of the compound they have set up is irritating to watch.

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