M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Incubator 

After an epic Swamp debauch to end all debauchery, the drunken duo give up on alcohol. They are upset when one of their patients has an infection which the 4077 cannot identify. They ... See full summary »



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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 (credit only)
... Maj. Frank Burns
... Cpl. Walter 'Radar' O'Reilly
... Gen. Maynard M. Mitchell
... Colonel Lambert
... Major Arnold Morris
Sarah Fankboner ... Nurse Owens
Helen Funai ... Betty Lou
... Bowman
Jerry Harper ... Phillips
... Capt. Sloan


After an epic Swamp debauch to end all debauchery, the drunken duo give up on alcohol. They are upset when one of their patients has an infection which the 4077 cannot identify. They determine that the 4077 needs an incubator, so they call the Quartermaster. Capt. Sloan is from the 375th QMHQ COMSEAPAC SEOULSEC REPDEP...Hawkeye needs a drink. But, according to Sloan, an incubator is "a luxury item." So the drunken duo go on a quest for luxury. They meet inept supply sergeants, hoarder, Major Morris, and the cupidinous Col. Lambert who is willing to give the guys what they want...for $1000 U.S. cash. General Mitchell (the one who investigated Henry) is the next man on the totem pole--he may not be the brightest bulb on the tree, but he is honest. And by the end of the meeting, he wants Pierce and McIntyre on spits, roasting. If only the guys had known where "the top" is located, they could have saved trouble and started their quest for an incubator in the right department. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

1 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First time Hawkeye or Trapper unsarcastically salute anyone. They both salute Major Morris in an attempt to charm him into giving them an incubator. See more »


In his commentary, Larry Gelbart recounted that the role of the Supply Sergeant was originally played by Vic Taylor, however, this was shot again with a different actor, which is what appears in the final version. However, they forgot to change this in the credits so the credits wrongly show Vic Taylor's name. See more »


Henry Blake: Captain Sloan here is with supply.
Captain Sloan: More accurately, I'm with the 375th Q. M. H. Q., COMSEAPAC, SEOULSEC REPDEP.
Hawkeye: Maybe I'll have that drink.
Captain Sloan: Now, the business at hand is an incubator, that is if my lieutenant understood what your colonel said you captains want.
Hawkeye: Right.
Trapper: And we need one as soon as possible.
Captain Sloan: Well, let's see what the good book says.
Hawkeye: The good book?
Captain Sloan: The Manual of Supply and Requisition.
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Luck At The Last Minute!!
7 November 2008 | by See all my reviews

Captains Pierce and McIntyre fell asleep in "The Swamp" in the beginning part of "The Incubator" after a rowdy party. They were ready to return to the medicine world. One thing came to mind: they were in search for an incubator. Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake had other ideas: he had a barbecue grill for the 4077th. After some discussion, they wanted to speak with Captain Sloane about having an incubator in their unit. In his infinite wisdom, he spoke to the three of them about their Basic Equipment List -- from Manual Supply Requisition -- at the 4077th. Lieutenant Colonel Blake drew a sad face when he would not have his incubator; Captain Pierce acted in a sarcastic manner when griped about having a pizza oven or a jukebox for the unit.

In Act Two, Captains Pierce and McIntyre visited Sergeant Morris about an incubator. No Good!! He acted indifferent about handing over an incubator to the 4077th. He was more concerned about his ego than about his integrity. They visited another person about an incubator. He was supplying his own personal itinerary with toilet paper and fortune cookies ... as if he would open up his own country. They would receive the incubator for $1000 with freight and shipping costs. Their final recourse would be General Maynard Mitchell. Captains Pierce and McIntyre would harangue General Mitchell about the incubator. The military police officers would eventually arrest the two on various charges of misconduct.

Lieutenant Colonel Blake would scold them good for their improper misconduct at General Mitchell's press conference. Little they did knew that an infantry division company had their troops wounded in battle. With a little luck from Corporal O'Reilly obtained the magic item: the incubator. He worked his way to finding the item by dealing with the top brass; and in addition, fulfill some wheeling and dealing with other units to obtain the incubator lock, stock, and barrel. A Solid 12!! A++!! Hilarious and amusing from the 1973-1974 Television Season!! Enjoy!!

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