M*A*S*H (1972–1983)
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The Longjohn Flap 

A cold snap has everybody trying to get their hands on Hawkeye's thermal underwear.


William Wiard


Alan Alda, Larry Gelbart (developed for television by)

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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
Jamie Farr ... Cpl. Maxwell Q. Klinger
William Christopher ... Father Francis Mulcahy
Kathleen King ... Nurse Beddoes
Joseph V. Perry Joseph V. Perry ... The Cook (as Joseph Perry)


In the midst of a blizzard, Henry and Radar write to Quartermaster Corps, thanking them for the mosquito netting and summer underwear and asking for winter clothing; they try to get warm by burning orders rescinding orders that were never sent. The only one in camp not freezing to death is Hawkeye, who is wearing beautiful, double-weave semi-woollen long johns, soft as a baby's bottom. But Hawkeye's heart is as soft as the long johns...or the baby's bottom because when Trapper gets a cough, Trapper gets to enjoy them. Then Radar has 4 10's and wins them from Trapper, a cook trades a lamb and mint jelly to Radar for them, Frank weasels them away from the cook, Hotlips shames them from Frank, Klinger lifts them from Hotlips' tent, Father Mulcahy gets them from a repentant Klinger and Henry gets them from the good Father. Now, if only Hawkeye and Trapper can keep Henry's appendix from bursting, Hawkeye might get his long johns back. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Release Date:

18 February 1973 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hawkeye refers to Groucho Marx when he comments about "Duck Soup" as Henry walks to the OR bent over with pain from his appendix. See more »


Maj. Burns tells the cook that he's demoting him to corporal, with a corresponding reduction in pay. However, according to Article 15 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, a demotion can only be administered by a commanding officer. Maj. Burns, being second-in-command, would not have authority to demote the cook. See more »


Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce: If he lets everyone feel them, all that'll be left is a package of lint.
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References The Mummy (1932) See more »


I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Written by Irving Berlin
Sung by Alan Alda
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23 February 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Hawkeye is warm in the middle of an incredible cold snap. He makes the mistake of bragging about the long underwear his father sent him. Trapper talks him into letting him have the underwear, feigning pneumonia. It isn't long before he loses them in a poker game to Radar. Soon, through a series of events, the underwear begins to go from owner to owner. Of course, the strength of the episode has to do with the lust and extortion that goes into the process of attaining the desired object. As Henry lays hands on the peripatetic drawers, he doubles over from a serious appendix attack. This leads to a hilarious conclusion. This is a common plot for MASH and a logical one since these people live in such close proximity.

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